Renee Zellweger steps out looking more like Renee Zellweger

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Perhaps we can blame Renee Zellweger's dramatically different look at last week's Elle Women in Hollywood event to bad makeup?

The 45-year-old Oscar-winning actress stepped out in Mississippi Monday in casual workout clothes, looking more like the Bridget Jones' Diary star we all know and love. Going makeup-free, Renee clearly had nothing to hide in her first appearance since all of the uproar over her supposed new face, looking completely comfortable in a loose sweatshirt, black leggings and purple sneakers.

VIDEO: Renee Zellweger on Her New Appearance

Zellweger herself commented on her headline-making red carpet appearance last Wednesday, explaining that she's actually glad people think she looks different.

"I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," she told People. "My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy. For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that."

"People don't know me [as] healthy for a while," she added. "Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20: Renee Zellweger arrives at the 2014 ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at ELLE's 21st Annual Women In Hollywood at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at ELLE's 21st Annual Women In Hollywood at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actress Renee Zellweger (L) and musician Doyle Bramhall attend the 2014 ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for ELLE)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the 8th Annual Fashion Award Honoring Carolina Herrera at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the screening of 'Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story' at AMC Burbank 16 on November 2, 2013 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BERLIN - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the press conference for 'My One And Only' as part of the 59th Berlin Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 12, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
BERLIN - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the press conference for 'My One And Only' as part of the 59th Berlin Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 12, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at a special screening of New Line Cinema's 'Appaloosa' held at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater on September 17, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Renee Zellweger attends the Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MAY 03: Renee Zellweger attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
BERLIN - FEBRUARY 20: Jury member Renee Zellweger attends the Awards Ceremony during day ten of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast on February 20, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 19: Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at Elle's 16th Annual Women In Hollywood Tribute at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 19, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BERLIN - DECEMBER 07: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the German photocall to 'Bee Movie' at the Adlon Hotel December 7, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Renee Zellweger during The 18th Annual Citymeals-on-Wheels 'Power Lunch For Women' - Arrivals at The Rainbow Room in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
Renee Zellweger during National Board of Review 2002 Annual Awards Gala at Tavern on the Green in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Renee Zellweger during 10th Annual Fire and Ice Ball to Benefit Revlon UCLA Women Cancer Center at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States in 2010. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Renee Zellweger during 'One True Thing' Los Angeles Premiere - September 16, 1998 at ABC Entertainment Center in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 29: Actress Renee Zellweger poses with her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress during the 76th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Renee Zellweger during 'Jerry Maguire' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at ELLE's 21st Annual Women In Hollywood at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actress Renee Zellweger attends ELLE's 21st Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for ELLE)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actress Renee Zellweger (L) and honoree Gugu Mbatha-Raw speak onstage during ELLE's 21st Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for ELLE)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at the 2010 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute held at The Shrine Auditorium on November 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
US actress and jury member of the 60th Berlinale film festival Renee Zellweger addresses a press conference on February 11, 2010 in Berlin. The Berlinale will take place from February 11 to 21, 2010 with 20 productions vying for the coveted Golden Bear for best picture to be awarded February 20. AFP PHOTO DDP/AXEL SCHMIDT GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read AXEL SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Renee Zellweger and jury member poses for photographer as she arrives for the premiere of the film 'Apart Together' competing in the 60th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin February 11, 2010. 20 pictures are vying for the coveted Golden Bear top prize at the Berlinale film festival taking place from February 11 to 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN - FEBRUARY 11: (L-R) Jury members actresses Yu Nan, Renee Zellweger and producer Jose Maria Morales attend the International Jury Photocall during day one of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 11, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at the 77th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 10: Lou Adler and Renee Zellweger (L-R) attend the UCSF Medical Center and The Painted Turtle Present A Starry Evening of Music, Comedy & Surprises at Davies Symphony Hall on March 10, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for The Painted Turtle)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN: Hollywood actress Renee Zellweger poses in front of a poster of ' Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason ' during a press conference in Taipei, 03 December 2004. Oscar-winning Renee Zellweger on 03 December said putting on weight for her comic Bridget Jones character was easier than putting aside her modesty to make some of the most hilarious scenes in the film. AFP PHOTO/Sam YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Renee Zellweger attends the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the Carolina Herrera Fall 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN: Hollywood actress Renee Zellweger smiles in front of a poster of ' Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason ' during a press conference in Taipei, 03 December 2004. Oscar-winning Renee Zellweger on Friday said putting on weight for her comic Bridget Jones character was easier than putting aside her modesty to make some of the most hilarious scenes in the film. AFP PHOTO/Sam YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the celebration of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on October 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the celebration of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on October 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the premiere of 'My Own Love Song' during the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images For Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the premiere of 'My Own Love Song' during the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images For Tribeca Film Festival)
US actress and jury member of the 60th Berlinale film festival Renee Zellweger addresses a press conference on February 11, 2010 in Berlin. The Berlinale will take place from February 11 to 21, 2010 with 20 productions vying for the coveted Golden Bear for best picture to be awarded February 20. AFP PHOTO DDP/AXEL SCHMIDT GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read AXEL SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at the 16th Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Tribute at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 19, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BERLIN - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the premiere for 'My One And Only' as part of the 59th Berlin Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast on February 12, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
BERLIN - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the premiere for 'My One And Only' as part of the 59th Berlin Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast on February 12, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 05: Actress Renee Zellweger speaks at the 'Appaloosa' press conference during the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival held at the Sutton Place Hotel on September 5, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by C.J. LaFrance/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 31: Actress Renee Zellweger arrives to the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Leatherheads' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 31, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 24: ***NO ONLINE, NO INTERNET, EMBARGOED FROM INTERNET AND TELEVISION USAGE UNTIL THE CONCLUSION OF THE LIVE OSCARS TELECAST*** Actress Renee Zellweger is seen in the press room during the 80th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
US actress Renee Zellweger (L) and Australian singer Kylie Minogue take part in the TV show 'Wetten, dass..?' (Let's Make a Bet) presented by German host Thomas Gottschalk (not pictured) , 08 December 2007 in Graz, Austria. AFP PHOTO DDP/JOERG KOCH GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JOERG KOCH/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at the 80th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 23: Actress Renee Zellweger attends the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 29: Actresses Charlize Theron (L) and Renee Zellweger pose with their Oscars for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress during the 76th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Renee Zellweger backstage at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Renee Zellweger arrives for the 80th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, in Los Angeles. Zellweger will be a presenter during the Oscars telecast. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Actress Renee Zellweger, last year's best supporting actress winner, arrives for the 77th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, in Los Angeles where she will be a presenter during the Oscars telecast. Zelwegger is wearing a silk, strapless Carolina Herrera. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Renee Zellweger arrives for the 77th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Oscar winning actress Renee Zellweger appears during an interview on the NBC "Today" television show with co-host Meredith Vieira, left, in New York, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007. She appears in the new animated "Bee Movie." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Oscar winning actress Renee Zellweger appears for her interview on the NBC "Today" television show in New York Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007. She appears in the new animated "Bee Movie." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
** FILE ** Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at the premiere of "Bee Movie" in Los Angeles in this Oct. 28, 2007, file photo. Forget the Oscar. What makes Renee Zellweger most proud is that she's kept her sanity after years in the public eye. "It's weird to have fame precede you in any situation ... and I'm very proud of myself that I've not been to Betty Ford (rehab center) yet," Zellweger, 38, tells Harper's Bazaar magazine. "Never say never!" (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)
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But according to Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Linder, who spoke to ET to give his expertise on plastic surgery, it's very likely that Zellweger has had several significant procedures done.

"Renee's transformation is very, very significant," he told ET. "Looking at her eyes, they have dramatically changed from her before pictures from just a couple years ago. The upper eyelids may have undergone [a procedure] where you remove the skin, and I think it's pretty reasonable that she has had this because the positions of her eyebrows have gone down in her current pictures, and the eyelid crease is more prominent. And if you look at her outer eyebrows, called the lateral brow, they've come down as well. And that's also a telltale sign of having skin removed from the upper lids."

Interestingly enough, in 2002, Zellweger talked to ET about plastic surgery, stating that it didn't "interest" her.

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"Creatively I don't want to worry about if my nose is runny or if it's red or if it's shiny," she explained. "I'm in a crying [scene], if there is a moment where I'm expressing something that is really emotional and I'm crying, I don't care. Because you know what happens when people cry? Their noses get red and shiny and they run and that's beautiful. Don't change it! Don't get rid of that because that's not pretty."

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Check out more of a then 33-year-old Zellweger's thoughts on plastic surgery in the video below.

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