“I Used to Think I Knew Sandra Bullock – Until I Read This Article”

Sandra Bullock is one of those actresses that everyone loves, however, not much is known about her personal life. She gained her A-list celebrity status after starring in Speed, and continued proving her acting abilities in classic movies like The Blind Side, and Miss Congeniality. After taking some time away from Hollywood, she’s back, better than ever, and finally opening up to fans about her past.

She Didn’t Grow Up in the United States

Bullock was born on July 26, 1964, in her hometown of Arlington, Virginia. Her father, John W. Bullock, served in the United States Army and was also a part-time voice coach, while her mother, Helga Mathilde Meyer, was a professional opera singer. Being an Army brat, the actress lived in various countries throughout Europe with her parents.

 

She lived in Germany and Austria for 12 years and even spoke German. The aspiring actress studied music and dance from a very young age at the Waldorf School in Nuremberg.

When She Was 12 Her Family Moved Back to the States

The Bullock family made their way back to North America and eventually settled in Washington, D.C. where the actress attended Washington-Lee High School. She says she never really had a problem fitting in as a child, and she became a cheerleader and performed in various theater productions.

 

Following graduation in 1982, she attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where she studied acting, however, she dropped out only three credits shy of earning her Bachelor’s Degree.

Her First Time on Stage Was At 5 Years Old

The lucky Germans were first to get a glimpse of the talented Sandra Bullock. Despite making her first big-screen appearance in the romantic comedy film “Love Potion No. 9”, Sandra’s first stage performance was at the Nuremberg opera (albeit playing only a small role). Nonetheless, her debut on stage at such a young age gave her the inspiration and passion for acting. She would since appear on a regular basis at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. Fun fact: Sandra Bullock was found to be the highest-paid actress in the world in both 2010 and 2014. Beyond her acting achievements, Sandra was also chosen as People’s Most Beautiful Woman in 2015.

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Did you know? Bullock has a younger sister. Her name is Gesine Bullock-Prado, and she served as the vice president for Sandra’s production company, Fortis Films. Bullock’s younger sister Gesine was also into the whole acting scene and joined her older sister’s production company “Fortis Films” in 1995. Since then Sandra Bullock has produced some of the films in which she has starred, including Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and All About Steve. Despite having a long and impressive acting career, Sandra’s big break only came in 1994.

She Dropped-out of College and Moved to New-York

Not everything was always glamorous for the beautiful Sandra Bullock. In fact, before all the fame and fortune, Sandra used to work as a bartender while living in New York in order to support her passion for becoming an actress. Using the money she made from bartending she enrolled in acting classes where she was mentored by the successful acting teacher Sanford Meisner. Meisner (also known as Sandy), was an American actor and acting teacher, if the Meisner technique sounds familiar to you, well he’s the one who developed it.

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It didn’t take long for Sandra to get her chance in an off-Broadway production. She appeared in several student films, and soon later landed a role in Larry Ketron’s play “No Time Flat” which performed at the WPA Theater in New-York. That’s when her acting career really began to take off.

Her First Big Acting Gig Was Alongside Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes

From there she went on to star in several independent films. She impressed Director Alan J. Levi with her performances and he offered her a part in the made-for-television film Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman.   Eventually, Sandra finally got her chance to play the lead actress in the short-lived NBC television version of the film Working Girl. This was just the beginning of her amazing rise to stardom. Sandra kept taking roles in different films which eventually led her to the role of Lieutenant Lenina Huxley in 1993’s sci-fi action film Demolition Man, starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. Now she was playing in the big league.

 

After she got herself an agent and appeared in a few low-budget movies and television shows, she landed a part in the 1989 made-for-television film Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman. Which then led her to play Tess McGill in the short-lived NBC television adaptation of the film Working Girl. From there on, she would appear in several films before Bullock rose to early prominence with a supporting role in 1993’s Demolition Man.

Bullock’s Big Performance Came A Year After Demolition Man

The now-celebrity-status Bullock managed to grab the role of Annie Porter in the action-thriller film Speed, even when up against far more established names in the business.  The studio initially considered hiring Halle Berry or Ellen DeGeneres as Annie, but eventually went with Sandra Bullock, due to her great chemistry with Keanu Reeves. This was no ordinary audition either. The film included many action scenes and the chemistry between the leads had to feel real, so Sandra recalls that they had to do “all these really physical scenes together, rolling around on the floor and stuff.” just to get the part.

 

The film proved to be a huge success, earning around $350 million worldwide. Her funny and relatable role as Annie Porter was critically acclaimed by Rotten Tomatoes, saying it was a “terrific popcorn thriller [with] outstanding performances from Keanu Reeves … and Sandra Bullock”. She later went on to reprise her role in the 1997 sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control.

Everyone Told Bullock to Avoid Acting in Speed

During a 1995 report from People magazine, Bullock told the story of how she almost didn’t take up the role of Annie in Speed, “Everyone told me not to do Speed. I mean, it looked like I’d be just ‘the girl,’ but I’ve learned to do things by instinct.”

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The role ended up being the catalyst that put her in the spotlight with major Hollywood actors, so it’s a good thing she ended up trusting her instincts or we may not have seen her rise to her current level of stardom.

Sandra Bullock is Mom to 2 Adopted Kids

Bullock is the proud mother to 2 beautiful adopted children. She adopted her son, Louis, in 2010. The adoption process originally started with her ex-husband, Jesse James, but after splitting up Bullock decided to continue the adoption process as a single parent. A few years later, she claims that her son Louis inspired her to adopt a second child. She told Hello! magazine that becoming a mother was an obvious decision for her, “When I look at Laila, there’s no doubt in my mind that she was supposed to be here,” noted Sandra. “I can tell you absolutely, the exact right children came to me at the exact right time.”

 

Being a mother isn’t always fun and games though. It’s not an easy job for anyone, as she stated in an interview, “Am I the mother my son deserves? Am I living my authentic life, am I good enough, working hard enough, am I able to keep my son safe? Did I pick up all the dog poop in the yard before the playdate? Worrying used to be very paralyzing for me, and now I can talk myself off the ledge,” she admitted.

A String of Film Success Followed After Speed

After Bullock’s great performance in Speed, she began to be recognized as a leading Hollywood actress. This lead to a string of successful films, including the romantic comedy “While You Were Sleeping”, where she played the role of a lonely Chicago Transit Authority token collector who saves a man’s life.  The movie was a critical success and she received her first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress following this movie. After that, her role as a defense attorney in the crime drama “A Time to Kill” with Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey, led to her receiving a nomination for MTV’s Best Breakthrough Performance award.

 

From there Bullock went on to act in more highly successful films, including lending her voice as Miriam in the animated adventure film The Prince of Egypt. Her most successful commercial film of the time was Miss Congeniality, which grossed $212 million worldwide and earned Bullock another Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress.

She Regrets Making A Sequel For Speed

Bullock has admitted to having just one regret in her career, and that was making the sequel Speed 2. Bullock was supposed to be joined by Speed star Keanu Reeves who would reprise his role as Jack Tavern but he decided not to join the cast and was replaced by Jason Patric before filming. Bullock has since expressed her regret for agreeing to star in the film, citing its script as the reason for the negative reception of the film.

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According to Sandra, even during production, she had many doubts about the success of the film. Bullock claims she “knew it was going to be a big flop” once she saw the final product. The film was a major flop and was nominated for many negative awards which also included the cast, such as Worst Actress, Worst Screen Couple and Worst Remake or Sequel (which Speed 2 actually won).  The actress only wished that someone had told her not to make the sequel for Speed. She claims to have agreed to appear in Speed 2 mainly to get financial backing for her next film, Hope Floats.

Bullock Took a Short Break After Miss Congeniality

Following the massive success of Miss Congeniality which was her highest-grossing film yet, Sandra Bullock decided to take a 2-year hiatus and focus on other activities besides acting. After the 2 year break, Bullock returned in early 2002 as detective Cassie Mayweather in the psychological thriller Murder by Numbers starring Ryan Gosling (beside herself), about a homicide detective and her partner who uncover evidence that links two men, to a murder. The film was a mediocre hit and received 3 out of 5 stars.

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Bullock then teamed up with Hugh Grant in the romantic comedy Two Weeks Later. The film was considered slightly amateurish but went on to make almost $200 million and award her with the Raul Julia Award for helping expand career openings for the Hispanic community in media and entertainment.

Apparently Sandra Bullock Is Allergic to Horses

During filming for the 1996 romantic comedy Two by Sea starring Sandra Bullock and Denis Leary about a Petty thief who steals a $4 million masterpiece painting, Bullock discovered that she was allergic to horses.

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The film ended up as a box office failure and received fairly negative reviews from critics. Bullock made sure to stay away from horses from that point forward.

Sandra Bullock at 37, Dated the then 21-year-old Ryan Gossling

The surprising Hollywood couple we all forgot about was Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock. Yeah, that actually happened! The relationship lasted from the end of 2001 to 2003.  The couple met on the set of the 2002 psychological thriller Murder By Numbers, which they both starred in. This seems like a normal Hollywood situation where an actor and an actress get it going while doing a film together, but let’s not forget that Bullock was 37 and Ryan Gossling was just 21 at the time.

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Bullock and Gosling were fairly quiet about the relationship, most likely because it did turn a few heads at the time. When asked about why she chose to date Gosling, one thing that came up was that Gosling had helped her learn how to “chill”.  “I live my life at a manic pace, and he’s taught me to disregard all that isn’t important. He’s like a little Buddha,”, Bullock said. The pair dated for the bulk of 2002 and 2003, and eventually broke up. One of her least favorite things is coming up next.

She Survived a Potentially Fatal Accident, Twice

On December 20, 2000, Bullock survived a potentially fatal private jet crash with her then-boyfriend musician Bob Schneider. We’ll preface this by saying that both Sandra and her boyfriend were uninjured. The pilots, soon to be landing in the snowbound resort town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, weren’t able to activate the runway lights and had to land in darkness.

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Thankfully they were able to land with minimal damage to the plane after crashing into a snowbank. The brutal accident caused a separation of the nose cone and landing gear, a bend in the left-wing, and partial separation of the right-wing. But this wasn’t the last time Bullock found herself in a potentially fatal crash. In 2008 while shooting the film The Proposal in Massachusetts, she was sitting in her car with then-husband Jesse James when suddenly, a drunk driver collided head-on into them. Luckily, both came out uninjured.

Bullock Once Owned a Restaurant in Texas

Additionally to her production company Fortis Films, Bullock also decided to open a restaurant in 2006 named Bass Bistro. The restaurant operated in Austin, Texas, and was originally meant to serve French cuisine.  Over time the bistro moved away from its French roots. Bass Bistro closed it’s doors on September 20, 2015, after almost 9 years of operation.

 

In 2009, Sandra decided to open another business named Walton’s Fancy and Staple, a brick-walled bakery, deli & flower shop with a rustic-chic interior & a variety of gifts. This business operated in a building across the street that she renovated.  The bakery is still operating today and enjoys a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating, with the critics calling it “a deli with Southern charm downtown.” Oh, the perks that come with the celebrity kind of money, am I right?

She Hates Musicals

Sandra Bullock has stated quite a few times that she will never star in a musical. “I won’t tackle a musical,” she said. “I’m not a singer. People don’t want to see me in a musical. I hate them. Hate them. I do know my limits. I don’t always heed them, but I know them.” Bullock even went as far as to warn directors not to approach her for musicals because she won’t agree to star in one as the thought of starring in a musical makes her cringe.

 

Ironically, it was reported a few months ago that she is currently developing a musical TV show for Amazon about her life in college. Casting and a premiere date for the new series will be announced at a later date. This leads us to a dramatic scandal that occurred in 2010 between Bullock and her ex-husband. The details are coming up next!

She Was Married to Monster Garage star, Jesse James

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James first met when Bullock arranged for her ten-year-old godson to meet the Monster Garage star as a Christmas present. The two ended up getting married on July 16, 2005. James was previously married to porn star Janine Lindemulder and the couple had a girl. In November 2009, Bullock helped James fight to gain full custody of his then 5-years-old daughter.

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According to court papers filed by James, leaving the child with her mother came with “allowing the child around pornographers, drug addicts, guns and firearms, felons and other unsafe environments.” The married couple ended up winning full legal custody of James’ five-year-old daughter.  But this was just the beginning of a much larger drama…

The Bullock-James Drama Only Got Worse, Much Worse

In March 2010, several women came forward claiming to have had affairs with James during his marriage to Bullock. James eventually responded to the rumors of his infidelity by issuing a public apology to Bullock. He stated, “The vast majority of the allegations reported are untrue and unfounded … beyond that, I will not dignify these private matters with any further public comment.” Shortly after, and despite the so-called ‘apology’, Bullock filed for divorce in April of 2010. The divorce was finalized a few months later with “conflict of personalities” cited as the reason.  James had gone into rehab the month before the divorce was finalized to “deal with personal issues” and save his marriage to Bullock, which unfortunately didn’t work out.

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The actress then fought for legal custody over James’ daughter, Sunny, whom they had won full legal custody over just a year before the cheating scandal led to their divorce. The 6 years old Sunny was stuck between a rock and a hard place, with her Mom being in jail for tax evasion and her Dad in rehab. Everything ended up working out for the best, but this was definitely a very stressful and traumatic time for all sides involved. However, the various scandals and dramas that Bullock experienced in 2009 and 2010 didn’t stop the actress from continuing to grow her career and passion.

A Stalker of Bullock’s Tried to Run Her Husband Over

While Sandra Bullocks was married to Jesse James, a woman who authorities say was “obsessed with the actress”, was arrested and promptly sentenced to three years probation after allegedly trying to run over Jesse James after a confrontation that took place outside the couple’s house. On several occasions, the couple saw a woman named Marcia Diana Valentine lying in front of their home’s garage door in Orange County, California. James went outside to confront the women, which prompted her to quickly run to her car and try to run him over with her silver Mercedes.

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“She jumped in the car, put it in reverse and accelerated in his direction, she attempted to hit him three or four times,” said Jim Amormino, an Orange County sheriff’s spokesman. Valentine was shortly arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and charged with one count of felony of aggravated assault and stalking. She pleaded not guilty but was charged and convicted anyway, ending up in jail. “Both Jesse James and Sandra Bullock are fine, and it is now in the hands of authorities,” said Cheryl Maisel, Bullock’s publicist.

Then Came Another Stalking Incident In 2014

In June 2014, Joshua James Corbett was arrested after breaking into Bullock’s home in West Los Angeles. She was alone at home during the break-in and locked herself in the bathroom while calling 911. After his arrest, multiple photos of Bullock were found in Corbett’s possession, including a letter he wrote claiming to be the actress’s husband. He was convicted in 2017 to five years of probation for the incident and was ordered to seek treatment at a mental health facility. He was also issued a 10-year protective order requiring him to stay away from Bullock.

 

Sadly, Corbett took his own life in 2018 during a standoff with the police that occurred after they tried to serve him a warrant. He was found without life in his barricaded apartment due to multiple self-inflicted cuts. Corbett’s family describes him as “a good person and a gentle soul” that unfortunately faced and succumbed to terrible mental health issues.

The Blind Side Was Another Breakthrough Film for Bullock

In 2009, Bullocks starred in the American biographical sports drama film The Blind Side, based on the 2006 book by the same name. The film follows Michael Oher, an African-American football player and his adoption by Leigh Anne Tuohy, played by Sandra Bullock. The film was very successful. and grossing over $300 million against its rather modest budget of $30 million, making it her most successful domestic movie and the first one in history to pass the US$200 million mark with only one top-rated female star.

 

Despite its financial success, the film received mixed reviews, with critics praising Sandra Bullock’s performance. She went on to receive various awards for the role, from Best Actress in the Critic’s Choice Awards to Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role during the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Oh, and how can we forget, the much-coveted Oscar.  Bullock then went on to take a 2-year hiatus, but her biggest success in Hollywood was still just around the corner.

Her 2013 Comeback, “The Heat”, Was a HUGE Success

Bullock ended her 2-year hiatus with the buddy cop comedy The Heat, which went on to gross $230 million worldwide against a budget of only $43 million, making it a huge box-office hit for our wonderful actress.

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The film tells the story of FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and Boston Detective Shannon Mullins, and their quest to take down a mobster in Boston. The chemistry between the 2 main actresses, Bullock and McCarthy was highly praised by the critics, which lead to the film receiving the award for Best Movie Chemistry at the Teen Choice Awards. The film put the spotlight back on Bullock and set the stage for her next major film, Gravity, which was her biggest success to date – coming up now.

Gravity Launched Bullock’s Career Into Space

That same year, Bullock took the lead role of a medical engineer and astronaut in the science fiction thriller Gravity, alongside the iconic George Clooney. The film revolves around a group of American astronauts who are stranded in space after the destruction of their Space Shuttle, and their attempt to return to Earth.

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Gravity opened to raving reviews for its incredible acting and visual effects, leading it to become one of 2013’s best films. The film became the eighth highest-grossing film of 2013 with a worldwide gross of over $723 million, against a production budget of roughly $100 million. Bullock was paid $20 million for her role in “Gravity,” with an additional 15% of box office revenue, which got her at least $70 million, not to mention a second Academy Award nomination. Now that’s how you have a great comeback year! But if you think Gravity ended up being her highest-grossing film to date, you’re going to be very surprised.

Her Next Film Made Even More Money Than Gravity

If you think that the $723 million Gravity made in 2013 was Bullock’s highest-grossing film to date, we’re happy to tell you that her next movie, Minions, the cute and animated comedy film which all kids love, made almost twice as much as that. The film has grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide and quickly became the Oscar-winning actress’s highest-grossing film to date. Critics praised the comedic aspects of the film and the vocal performances of Bullock as the film’s villain, Scarlet Overkill, but felt that the title characters were not able to carry the film on their own.

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She then played Jane Bodine, a retired political consultant hired by an unpopular Bolivian politician to help him win the presidential election in the political comedy-drama film, Our Brand Is Crisis, before taking another sabbatical that lasted until her return only a few years later.

In 2018, Bullock’s Films Grossed More Than $5 Billion Total

Bullock returned in 2018 from her sabbatical in the all-female Ocean’s Eleven spin-off, Ocean 8. She played leading lady Debbie Ocean, the sister of Danny Ocean, who helps plan a sophisticated heist of the annual Met Gala in New York City.  Despite receiving bland reviews from critics, the film was a commercial success grossing US$296.9 million globally against its $70 million budget and sparked an interesting conversation about the role of women in film and the lack of diversity among film reviewers.

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Bullock’s total box-office revenue generated from her movies officially passed the $5 billion mark after the release of Ocean 8, making her one of the highest-grossing actresses in Hollywood. She recently partnered with Netflix to play in one of the year’s anticipated post-apocalyptic horror films, Bird Box.

Bullock’s Bird Box Became Netflix’s Highest Viewed Film

The highly anticipated Netflix horror film follows a woman, played by Sandra Bullock, as she tries to protect herself and two children from malevolent supernatural entities that make people who look at them go insane and commit suicide. Netflix reported a week after the film was released that Bird Box had the biggest seven-day viewership for any of its original films to date, with over 45 million viewers.

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Bullock received much praise for her performance. Variety wrote that she was “wonderfully self-reliant” and TheWrap described her performance as “fascinating and terrifying to watch”.

Bullock Was Actually Blindfolded During Filming

The premise of Bird Box is that strange creatures roam the world and make anyone who looks at them go mad, therefore everyone in the film needs to wear a blindfold whenever they’re outdoors. Instead of opting to cut small holes in her blindfold for convenience and safety, Bullock refused to make life easier for her or the crew and instead opted to go for the real thing. That’s right. The Oscar-winning actress was basically blindfolded for real whenever a scene required her to be, which happens to be about half the movie.

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It’s important to remember that actors were surrounded by a filming crew and equipment when making a movie, not to mention that most of it was filmed in a treacherous river and dense forest. This caused Bullock to repeatedly fall and run into the camera while filming her scenes. Susanne Bier, the film’s director, claimed she suffered “sleepless nights” because of Bullock’s dedication to realism, “I had a completely dedicated, crazily diligent actor – I said ‘can we just make holes in the blindfold?’ and she said ‘no way, no way’. “I kept hoping she wouldn’t bump into the camera.”

Bullocks Kept the Film’s Kids Safe From Her Ambitious Dedication to Realism

Despite deciding to completely immerse herself in Bird Box’s atmosphere by being fully blindfolded throughout the filming of Bird Box, Bullock’s love for kids and motherly instincts seemed to at-least keep her somewhat sane. While being interviewed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the oscar-winning actress claimed she “had the crew eliminate one layer of the blindfold” to minimize the risk of accidents while filming scenes where her character had to carry kids across the dense forest.

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“Any time I had the kids, and I had to run, I had the crew eliminate one layer of the blindfold so I could see outlines,” Bullock said. The crew also made sure to hook the kids onto Bullock for safety purposes. Many people believe that actors that play in horror films enjoy scaring people or being scared themselves, but ironically, Sandra Bullocks revealed that she absolutely hates being scared, up next.

Bullock Really Doesn’t Like Being Scared

While being interviewed by People magazine along with her Bird Box co-star, Sarah Paulson, Bullocks admitted that she absolutely hates to be scared: “I don’t like to be scared. I hate being scared. I hate, hate people who think it’s funny to stand behind doors and scare you because they know that you hate being scared.”, she said this in reference to Ellen DeGeneres, who likes to scare her guests on a regular basis on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

 

When asked about Ellen, Sandra jokingly replied “Horrible human being. I don’t know why I keep going on her show. She’s a horrible human being for that.”

Sandra Bullock Actually Saw The Monsters in Bird Box

We never actually see the monsters in Bird Box because the director thought it would make the movie scarier. That said, we almost got to see the monsters thanks to a producer who told Eric Heisserer ” ‘No, you have to see something at some point’ and forced me to write essentially a nightmare sequence where Malorie experiences one in that house.”

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The studio tried a scene where Sandra had to confront one of the film’s monsters, but the results were actually the opposite of scary. Bier, the film’s director described the experience, “At first, Sandy was like, ‘I don’t want to see it’ because she thought it was scary. Then it was like, ‘Don’t show it to me because [I’ll laugh]”. Bullock told Bloody Disgusting “It was a green man with a horrific baby face.” Sounds like the film crew spared us from going mad too when watching the film.

Sandra Bullock Discovered And Gave Us George Lopez

Everyone loves the Hispanic-American actor and his self-produced ABC sitcom, The George Lopez Show. Lopez was even named one of “The Top 25 Hispanics in America” by Time magazine in 2005. What most people don’t know is that we can thank Sandra Bullock for bringing the comedian into the spotlight. During her quest to bring Hispanic-American sitcoms to the home of viewers, she found and approached George Lopez, the then stand-up comedian, and offered him to produce and star in his own comedy show.

 

The George Lopez Show premiered on ABC on March 27, 2002, and ran for 5 years and six seasons, winning many awards and bringing George Lopez into Hollywood fame and helping him contribute to the Latino community.

Bullock and Lopez’s Friendship is Still Strong

Since launching The George Lopez Show, the Hispanic-American actor-producer has gone to become one of America’s most known Latino actors. The real cherry on top though was the amazing friendship between Sandra Bullock and George Lopez that still going strong to this day. In a 2011 interview for People Magazine, Goerge talked about his relationship with Bullock, “She invested in me, and she wouldn’t take no for an answer. And with that, and just who she is, she has my undying love and my undying loyalty…Every day I thank her for believing in me.”

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He also commented on her adoption of baby Louis, “I can only say that I did not have a mother, and I would have very much liked that one to be mine!” Lopez says with a laugh. “She’s already my fairy godmother, but any child that gets to be in Sandra Bullock’s arms is going to be a great person.”

Bullock Gave Lopez His First Blackberry

The oscar actress and comedian have been friends since 2000. To celebrate their relationship, Bullock gave Lopez his first BlackBerry phone as a gift. Not wanting to miss the chance to be a sweetheart, she sent him a message that he saved. The message said, “If you ever need me, I’m your big sister. If you ever need me to be the bad guy, I will be the bad guy,”, Lopez said. “From the time Sandy and I first laid eyes on each other, she has been nothing but a person of her word and embracing of me and my family … I love her!”

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Bullock definitely made some smart decisions, both in her personal and professional life, but there was one film she missed that could have been her magnum opus.

Sandra Bullock Was Almost The Million Dollar Baby

Bullock wanted to produce a film based on F.X. Toole’s short story “Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner”, but the executives in Fortis Films were not interested in a female lead boxing drama. Then in 2004, the short story was finally picked up by Clint Eastwood, who ended up being the lead actor, producer, and director of the Oscar-winning film Million Dollar Baby, which opened to widespread acclaim, won four Academy Awards and grossed over $200 million in the box-office.

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When asked if she was upset about how it worked out, Bullock said, “When things like that happen, that’s the way they’re supposed to be.”

Bullocks Won Best Actress and Worst Actress Simultaneously

Sandra Bullock’s career certainly had its ups and downs, but a funny thing happened when she won the Academy Award for her role in The Blind Side while winning the Worst Actress award for the same years’ comedy, All About Steve. She took it very well and even went to the ceremony to pick up her award right before receiving the Oscar. To this day, Bullock is the only performer ever to have been named both best and worst for the same year.

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Bullock said “I think this is an extraordinary award,” she once promised that if she won the Razzie, she would accept it in person. What a good sport! 

Bullock Used to Match Dresses With Her Mom

As a child, Sandra Bullock would wear matching dresses with her mom, but she didn’t love doing it.  Bullock’s mother, Helga Meyer, was a German opera singer, soprano and educator. She used to make all her outfits herself and did the same for Bullock.

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“That mortified me as a child because she would make matching minidresses, and we had little gladiator sandals, and she was very overt with her sexuality… I was supposed to be the mini version of her, but I didn’t like that feeling,” she told InStyle. “So I went the other way: I went tomboy — jeans, baseball caps. I skated, and rode bikes.” Maybe it’s just us but jeans or minidress – Sandra Bullock can pull anything off.

She Loves Home Renovating

In an interview with Lifestyle, Bullock shared her love and passion for interior decoration, “Moving furniture or working on one of the properties I’m renovating. It’s heaven, I get up on Sundays, and I’m literally looking at house listings and Remodelista magazine. It’s my porn.”

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Throughout her career, she has built up an impressive real-estate empire by turning her income from films into real-estate and owns many homes throughout the United States. She describes it as addictive, as she loves doing a lot of hands-on stuff. And now, knowing about all about construction, no one can rip her off. In addition to apartments and houses, Bullock has been buying and selling buildings for decades, and even owns some commercial assets.

Sandra Bullock Makes Studios Pay For Her Acupuncture

It’s undeniable that the 55-year-old actress looks drop-dead gorgeous and definitely much younger than her age. It’s been widely reported that one of her secrets to staying young and vibrant is getting Chinese acupuncture at-least 3 times a week whether she’s at home on or on set. It’s actually in her contract that studios must pay for it.

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Sandra believes in the practice so much, that she even brought a Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist to the set of Murder by Numbers in order to help the crew relieve stress! We can’t say that the evidence for Bullock’s practice isn’t convincing. The proof is definitely in this pudding.

Sandra Bullock Loved Her Romance With Hugh Grant

Sandra Bullock was best known for a long time as a romantic comedy actress, playing various damsels over the years in relatable and funny love stories. Critiques even pointed out that her “undisputed strength lies in a blend of light drama and comedy”. When she wanted to get more serious and start playing dramatic roles such as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side, Dr. Ryan Stone in Gravity, or Malorie in Bird Box, the actress knew she had to distance herself from the string of romantic comedies she played for such a long time.

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Her final romantic comedy film was Two Weeks Notice with Hugh Grant, and she definitely wasn’t disappointed. When interviewed by Vogue, she told the magazine, “I had the ultimate romantic partner in Hugh Grant. So I’ve done that nice chapter in my life, and that chapter is closed.”

She Wanted To Break Female Stereotypes In The Heat

When Sandra Bullock returned to Hollywood’s spotlight in 2013 with her action-comedy The Heat alongside Melissa McCarthy, she had a very clear goal of doing a movie that would finally pass the Bechdel–Wallace test, which questions whether an artistic work features at least two women whose dialogue had nothing to do with men. The successful movie definitely accomplished that, with The Heat being a loveable and entertaining buddy-cop movie, that managed to keep the audience engaged without the entire plot revolving around a man.

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In an interview with Parade, Bullock told the publication how she’d always wanted to do a female “buddy film,” you know the kind the male actors get to do, that doesn’t have anything to do with getting a guy, and it didn’t involve shopping. What’s next for Bullock only time will tell but we hope these films and facts will quench your Sandra thirst for the meantime!