Lindsay Kimble
September 16, 2016 AT 02:09 PM EDT

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Long before Bridget Jones and “alright, alright, alright,” Renée Zellweger shared the screen with a fellow Texan who was, also, then just an up-and-coming star.

That fresh-faced actor? Matthew McConaughey.

The pair, now longtime friends, starred alongside each other in 1994’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation: Zellweger as a teen in danger and McConaughey as the villainous amputee putting her in harm’s way.

“We shared an agent in Dallas,” says the actress, 47, who talks about her career and her life now with PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle in this week’s PEOPLE cover story. “The agent had said, ‘You know, there’s this really nice guy who lives in Austin, he goes to UT, and he drives up here all the time for auditions. And you should call him up and you guys could, you go to the same auditions, you should.’ And she was telling him the same thing.”

The Bridget Jones’s Baby actress continues, “And when we did meet on the set of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, we said, ‘Oh, you’re that guy!’ ‘Oh, you’re, oh,’ and we both laughed.”

Zellweger jokes her gig running from live chainsaws in the horror movie “was dangerous…. I don’t know if any of it was legal!”

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