Renée Zellweger Learns How to Make Her Own Latte Art

04/10/2014 at 11:51 AM ET

Renee Zellweger Learns How to Make Latte Art
Rachel Henderson

Renée Zellweger can add a new role to her resume: barista. 

The Bridget Jones’s Diary actress — who is preparing to film the courtroom drama The Whole Truth outside of Boston this month — has been such a frequent visitor to Jaho Coffee and Tea in Salem, Mass., that she stepped behind the counter and learned how to make latte art herself.

“She’s been coming in every day for a latte,” owner Anil Mezini tells PEOPLE. “We do latte art in the coffees we serve. She made a comment about them, and we offered to teach her how to make a design.”

Zellweger, who chose a heart-shape design for her caffeinated creation, showed a knack for creating shapes with the frothy milk. “She did really well, actually,” Mezini says.

The actress seems to be enjoying her time in the picturesque New England town. She’s often spotted at the coffee shop sporting jeans, aviator sunglasses, a black North Face jacket, and her hair tied up in a loose bun. According to employees, Zellweger likes to grab a seat with her plain latte and read on her phone.

“[She is] just normal person, very down to earth and really polite and nice,” says Mezini.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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