Before she was Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger, she was a Texas girl who started her career out small.
Among her first roles: appearing in a beer commercial in her home state of Texas and getting chased by a chainsaw on one of her first movie sets. At the time, Zellweger never imagined the skyrocketing Hollywood career that would be ahead of her.
"I have never had those thoughts before," Zellweger, 41, told PEOPLE before being inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame at the awards ceremony hosted by the Austin Film Society. "I moved to L.A. because I just ran out of things to do. If Austin Studios had been here at the time, I might not have gone anywhere."
Zellweger – who was born and raised in Katy, Texas, and attended the Unive...