PM Jacinda Ardern meets US actress Renée Zellweger backstage at The Late Show

PM Jacinda Ardern meets US actress Renée Zellweger backstage at The Late Show
Photo credit: Daniel Pannett

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been visited by US actress Renée Zellweger backstage at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in New York. 

It's understood Zellweger, famous for starring in films such as Bridget Jones's Diary and Me, Myself and Irene, stopped in to Ardern's green room to visit her. 

The pair had a warm, wide ranging conversation, and Zellweger showed her admiration for Ardern, particularly her response to the March 15 Christchurch terror attack. 

PM Jacinda Ardern meets US actress Renée Zellweger backstage at The Late Show
Photo credit: Daniel Pannett
Images show Zellweger embracing Ardern in the green room as the pair engaged in a friendly conversation and shared a laugh. 
PM Jacinda Ardern meets US actress Renée Zellweger backstage at The Late Show
Photo credit: Daniel Pannett

In a tweet, The Late Show announced Zellweger would discuss her starring role in a film about the late Judy Garland, who starred in The Wizard of Oz.  

Ardern will make her second appearance on The Late Show on Thursday, and during the segment Colbert will announce that later this year his show will film in New Zealand. 

Newshub was given backstage access and watch the pre-recorded show, which will air at 11:25pm US time (3:25pm NZ time). 

The Late Show is the number one late night television show in the US with an average viewership of 3.5 million. 

Zellweger was one of many high-profile figures Ardern has met with while in New York this week to attend the United Nations General Assembly. 

She had a one-on-one meeting with US President Donald Trump, met with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, and appeared on CBS breakfast programme This Morning.

Zellweger is also not the first famous US actress to form a bond with the Prime Minister. 

When she attended the UN General Assembly last year, Ardern meet with Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway, who reportedly requested the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister.

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