updated 06/13/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/13/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT
A figure of speech, thankfully. Because judging from the reviews she's getting for her role as the wife of world heavyweight champion boxer James Braddock (Russell Crowe) in her current drama Cinderella Man (see box), she's got awards shows to attend. As ABC critic Joel Siegel said, "Two-word title, two-word review: Oscar time." Who knows? She might even show up with Chesney. So far, the couple have not shared the spotlight. She was nowhere to be seen at the CMA awards, joining him only at an afterparty at the Bali Hai Golf Club. And he did not accompany her to the L.A. premiere of Cinderella Man on May 23. "They're not living the marriage in public," says his rep. Maybe so, but Zellweger's new happiness is obvious. "This girl is glowing in the dark," says Cinderella Man coscreenwriter Akiva Goldsman. "No one deserves it more."
Karen S. Schneider; Kelly Williams; Julie Jordan; Marisa Laudadio in Los Angeles