Actress Renee Zellweger says not playing sexy women on screen is the key to her success in Hollywood.

The star decided as a young actress to stop flashing the flesh, reports mirror.co.uk.

The 50-year-old said: "As a young person starting out I would get those jobs, the cut-off shorts, the other woman, the one-night stand girl."

Renee Zellweger
Renee Zellweger Reuters

She did three or four of those at university and "thought, 'Do you know what, I don't think I'm going to do this any more because I know where that road will go. I don't know what it's going to look like ultimately, but I bet it will be really hard to get off that road'".

"Your body changes, you grow older and you have a life and you look like your life and thank God for that, right? I just thought I want to be good with the inevitability, I want to work in a way that I can portray women who are relatable throughout my life.

"I don't want to have to stop at a particular time because I can't wear cut-offs any more," she added.

Earlier this month, she won a Golden Globe for her lead role in "Judy", in which she plays legendary star Garland in the final stages of her career.