“When you go away and you’re out of people’s consciousness, they stop noticing you,” she told British TV host Jonathan Ross, BBC reports. “It’s fantastic: you order your coffee and you get a coffee and leave.”
Along with ordering coffee unmolested, she said she also enjoyed getting the chance to “meet people authentically.” “You’d have authentic conversations on the street and I enjoyed that,” she said. “That’s something that I had missed.”
Zellweger said she decided to take time off from acting because “I just wanted to shift my focus a little bit and keep some promises that I had made to myself a long time ago”.