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Renee Zellweger wears a floral housedress and a frumpy ‘fat suit’ as she films The Thing About Pam

Renee Zellweger looked unrecognizable in a floral housedress, facial prosthetics and a frumpy ‘fat suit’ as she filmed scenes for The Thing About Pam in New Orleans on Thursday.

The 52-year-old actress is starring in the NBC true crime limited series that is based on the real-life story of Betsy Faria’s murder in 2011. 

Renee is executive-producing the drama through her production company, Big Picture Co. and will play convicted killer Pam Hupp.

Transformation: Renee Zellweger looked unrecognizable in a floral housedress, facial prosthetics and a frumpy ‘fat suit’ as she filmed scenes for The Thing About Pam in New Orleans on Thursday

Over her padded suit, the Academy Award winner wore a housedress that featured a pattern of purple and yellow flowers and green leaves as well as a lavender zip-up bodice.

Renee’s face was heavily made up with facial prosthestics added to give the star deeper wrinkles, a fuller face and a wider nose so that she more closely resembled the murderess.

The Texas native’s cropped blonde hair was styled into an unkempt bob and she sported fuzzy pink slippers.  

Zellweger filmed scenes in which she was seen standing outside of a house surrounded by the production crew.

True crime: The 52-year-old actress is starring in the NBC true crime limited series that is based on the real-life story of Betsy Faria's murder in 2011

In character: Renee is executive-producing the drama through her production company, Big Picture Co. and will play convicted killer Pam Hupp

In character: Renee is executive-producing the drama through her production company, Big Picture Co. and will play convicted killer Pam Hupp

Over her padded suit, the Academy Award winner wore a housedress that featured a pattern of purple and yellow flowers and green leaves as well as a lavender zip-up bodice

Over her padded suit, the Academy Award winner wore a housedress that featured a pattern of purple and yellow flowers and green leaves as well as a lavender zip-up bodice

Getting into character: Renee's face was heavily made up with facial prosthetics added to give the star deeper wrinkles, a fuller face and a flatter nose so that she more closely resembled the murderess

Bobbed: The Texas native's cropped blonde hair was styled into an unkempt bob and she sported fuzzy pink slippers

Getting into character: Renee’s face was heavily made up with facial prosthetics added to give the star deeper wrinkles, a fuller face and a flatter nose so that she more closely resembled the murderess

Touch-up: At one point, she held a tissue to her mouth as she blotted her lipstick

Touch-up: At one point, she held a tissue to her mouth as she blotted her lipstick

Time period: The scenes appeared to be set at Christmas time

Time period: The scenes appeared to be set at Christmas time

The scenes appeared to be set at Christmas time. The yard of the house was decorated with a life-sized Santa Claus figurine, candy canes and peppermints and Christmas lights were hung on the roof.

The ground was also covered with artificial snow to establish the wintertime setting.

Zellwegweger was seen walking out of the house down a pathway. At one point, she held a tissue to her lips as she blotted her lipstick. 

Renee was also seen standing next to a man dressed in a sheriff’s uniform.

Holiday time: The yard of the house was decorated with a life-sized Santa Claus figurine, candy canes and peppermints and the Christmas lights were hung on the roof

Holiday time: The yard of the house was decorated with a life-sized Santa Claus figurine, candy canes and peppermints and the Christmas lights were hung on the roof

Fake snow: The ground was also covered with artificial snow to establish the wintertime setting

Fake snow: The ground was also covered with artificial snow to establish the wintertime setting

Murder: Pam's friend Betsy was killed two days after Christmas at her home in Troy, Missouri in 2011

Murder: Pam’s friend Betsy was killed two days after Christmas at her home in Troy, Missouri in 2011

Pam’s friend Betsy was killed two days after Christmas at her home in Troy, Missouri in 2011. Hupp was the last person to see Faria alive as she gave her a ride home that day.

According to court documents, Pam waited until Betsy was weak and lethargic from chemotherapy treatments before she stabbed her 55 times.

Hupp then dipped Faria’s socks in blood which she spread around the house in order to frame Betsy’s husband Russ, who found his wife’s body when he returned home from his weekly game night with his friends.

In July 2021, Hupp, who is already serving a life sentence for shooting a disabled man dead, plead not guilty to Faria’s murder.

Suspect: Hupp was the last person to see Faria alive as she gave her a ride home that day

Suspect: Hupp was the last person to see Faria alive as she gave her a ride home that day

Motive: Prosecutors have alleged that Hupp murdered Faria days after after convincing her to switch a $150,000 life insurance policy to her

Motive: Prosecutors have alleged that Hupp murdered Faria days after after convincing her to switch a $150,000 life insurance policy to her

Gruesome: According to court documents, Pam waited until Betsy was weak and lethargic from chemotherapy treatments before she stabbed her 55 times

Gruesome: According to court documents, Pam waited until Betsy was weak and lethargic from chemotherapy treatments before she stabbed her 55 times

Prosecutors have alleged that Hupp murdered Faria days after after convincing her to switch a $150,000 life insurance policy to her.

Russ, who will be played by Glenn Fleshler in the series, was initially convicted of his wife’s murder in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison. 

His conviction was overturned in 2015 when he was found not guilty in a retrial in which prosecutors argued Hupp was the real perpetrator.

Frame job: Hupp then dipped Faria's socks in blood which she spread around the house in order to frame Betsy's husband Russ, who found his wife's body when he returned home from his weekly game night with his friends

Frame job: Hupp then dipped Faria’s socks in blood which she spread around the house in order to frame Betsy’s husband Russ, who found his wife’s body when he returned home from his weekly game night with his friends

Law enforcement: Renee was also seen standing next to a man dressed in a sheriff's uniform

Law enforcement: Renee was also seen standing next to a man dressed in a sheriff’s uniform

The case was the subject of five episodes of NBC’s Dateline that aired from 2014 to 2019 and became one of the newsmagazine’s most popular topics.

Hupp was sentenced to life without the possibility for parole in 2019 for luring Louis Gumpenberger, 33, to her home claiming to be a producer for Dateline before shooting him dead in an elaborate plot to divert attention from herself in the Faria case. 

Speculation has also swirled that she was responsible for her own mother’s fatal fall in 2013.

Written by Jessika Borsiczky, The Thing About Pam also stars Katy Mixon, Judy Greer, Gideon Adlon, Sean Bridgers, Suanne Spoke and Mac Brandt.

A release date for the series has not yet been released by NBC. 

Convicted: Russ, who will be played by Glenn Fleshler in the series, was initially convicted of Betsy's murder in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison

Convicted: Russ, who will be played by Glenn Fleshler in the series, was initially convicted of Betsy’s murder in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison

Verdict overturned: His conviction was overturned in 2015 when he was found not guilty in a retrial where prosecutors argued Hupp was responsible.

Verdict overturned: His conviction was overturned in 2015 when he was found not guilty in a retrial where prosecutors argued Hupp was responsible. 


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