Sandra Bullock must be one of the most beloved Hollywood actresses out there. But what do we really know about her? This actress has starred in hit films such as Miss Congeniality, The Blind Side, and Speed. However, she has a reputation for keeping her personal affairs on the down-low. She went on a hiatus for a little while, but she is now back and ready to open up!
Bullock’s Background Has A Twist
Sandra Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia on July 26, 1964, but she traveled all over Europe with her father John W. Bullock and mother Helga Mathilde Meyer. Her father was was a part-time voice coach but was in the United States Army and her mother an opera singer. Sandra Bullock was actually raised in Austria and Germany for 12 years, which meant she spoke German during her early years. She also studied dance and music at the Waldorf School in Nuremberg.
These Facts About Award-Winning Actress Sandra Bullock Will Blindside You
Moving To Washington D.C.
The Bullocks later moved back to North America. They settled down in Washington, D.C.; Sandra went to Washington-Lee High School and had no problems fitting in. Her extracurriculars included cheerleading and theater! She graduated in 1982 and went on to study acting at the East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. However, she dropped out only three credits away from getting her degree!
Her Stage Debut
German viewers got their first glimpse of the actress when she was only five years old! She first appeared in an opera production in Nuremberg. It was a small role, but this sparked her interest in acting. After this, she regularly appeared on the Staatstheater Nürnberg. Her younger sister Gesine Bullock-Prado served as the vice-president of Fortis Films, her production company.
Moving To The Big Apple
After leaving university, she went to New York. Can you believe that the actress took up bartending to make ends meet while she launched her acting career? At the time, she took acting lessons with Sanford Meisner. She soon landed a role in an Off-Broadway show. She appeared in No Time Flat and delivered a performance strong enough to attract an agent! She started out on TV and B movies.
She got herself an agent and started working on low-budget films and TV shows. She later got a part in the 1989 TV film, Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman. After this, she played Tess McGill in the ill-fated small screen adaptation of Working Girl. She would then work on a number of films until she made it big in Demolition Man.
Trying Out For Speed
Before she landed the role of Annie Porter in Speed, the casting directors had Halle Berry and Ellen DeGeneres in mind. Sandra Bullock came on to read for the part with Keanu Reeves for a chemistry test. When Entertainment Weekly interviewed her, she said they had to do “all these physical scenes together, rolling around on the floor and stuff.”
Told To Turn It Down
In 1995, a People magazine report came out. It mentioned a remark Bullock made about the movie: “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.” We are glad that she did not back out of the film! After all, it ended up becoming her big break.
Adopting Her Son
On April 28, 2010, the actress announced that she proceeded with her plans to adopt. She and Jesse James started the process four months before that. Her son started to live with them in January, but they did not disclose this to the public until the Academy Awards in March. Even though they eventually separated and divorced, Sandra chose to keep her son and raise him on her own.
Her Son And Daughter
She made her dream of four years come true when she brought her son home in 2010. She arrived at the decision to adopt in 2005, post-Hurricane Katrina. Louis has grown a lot since the day they first met. His sister has grown up as well! Sandra did this to show her support for adoption. Her conviction in this advocacy remains as strong as ever.
Hit Film After Hit Film
She has managed to establish herself as a leading actress thanks to her acting chops. She got her first nomination for a Golden Globe award when she appeared in While You Were Sleeping. During the ‘90s, the actress appeared in several other hit movies such as A Time To Kill and The Net. She wanted to expand her range, so she chose to star in 28 Days as well. In the movie, she played an alcoholic columnist in rehab.
Speed 2 Regrets
Sandra Bullock would probably back out of the Speed sequel if she could turn back time. She agreed to do it so that she could get funding for Hope Floats, her next film. The talented actress revealed how she felt to The Nation: “I’ve always been at the helm of what I do. There’s never been anything that someone said ‘I think you should do… except for Speed 2, which I wish someone would have done.”
Went On Hiatus After Miss Congeniality
The Hollywood star played an undercover FBI agent in the Miss United States beauty contest in Miss Congeniality. It got her another Golden Globe nomination! She went on a brief hiatus from acting after this. The actress made her comeback in 2002. She starred in Murder by Numbers, where she played a detective tracking down a pair of thrill-killers.
Allergic To One Specific Animal
Sandra Bullock enjoyed plenty of fame after starring in Speed. However, she learned something new when she starred in Two If By Sea opposite Denis Leary. Sadly, there was a scene that involved horses. The actress found out that she was allergic to majestic creatures! On top of that, the movie was her worst worldwide opening until the release of Our Brand Is Crisis.
Sandra Bullock And Ryan Gosling
There was a time when the actress was engaged to her Love Potion No. 9 co-star, Tate Donovan. They broke off the engagement, and Sandra started going out with Ryan Gosling! She was 16 years his senior, but it did not stop them from seeing each other for more than a year. However, her Two Weeks Notice co-star Hugh Grant teased her for it. He even called Gosling “The Child”!
Plane Crash Survivor
In 2000, the actress and Bob Schneider, her boyfriend of the time, had been traveling for a holiday. The plane then skidded off the runway! It was a good thing that no one got hurt during the plane crash. It happened in a snowbound resort town called Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Reports say it happened after the pilot got confused by the dangerous conditions and mistook ground lights for something else.
She Once Had A Restaurant In Texas
In 2006, she opened her very own restaurant in the historic Stratford Arms Building at 500 W. Sixth St. Called Bess Bistro, it began as a French bistro. However, it started to stray from its French roots when a new executive chef joined the team. In 2009, the actress opened the hybrid deli, bakery, and flower shop called Fancy & Staple across the street. Sadly, Bess Bistro was shuttered in September 2015.
Her Hatred For Musicals
This one is rather ironic! We know that she had musical training and had musicians for parents, right? She admitted something shocking when she was interviewed by Harper’s Bazaar. She said she never plans to join a musical project. She said that she truly hates them! We now understand why she prefers to stay on the set of comedy and drama films instead.
Tying The Knot With Jesse James
Sandra Bullock and Jesse James tied the knot on July 16, 2005. He is best known as a motorcycle builder and the host of Jesse James Is A Dead Man and Monster Garage. The two first met when she set up a meeting between her godson and James as her Christmas present for the ten-year-old boy. By November 2009, the two were in a custody battle with his ex-wife Janine Lindemulder. In the end, Bullock and James got full legal custody of his five-year-old daughter.
The Cheating Scandal
Some women stepped forward to say that James had affairs with them even though he was still married to the actress. He responded to the claims by making a public apology. His publicist said that he entered a rehabilitation facility in order to “deal with personal issues” and save his marriage. The announcement was made on March 30, 2010. However, Bullock filed for divorce and finalized it by June 28, 2010.
A Female Stalker
A woman called Marcia Diana Valentine was discovered lying outside the couple’s home in Orange County, California on April 22, 2007. James confronted her, which made her head for her car and try to run him over! She was charged with a felony count of stalking and aggravated assault. She pleaded not guilty and only got a probation of three years.
Another Stalking Incident
Joshua James Corbett broke into her Los Angeles home in June 2014. The actress locked herself in a room and called 911. In 2017, he pleaded no contest and got a probation of five years for stalking her and breaking into the house. There was a protective order that demanded he stay away from her for ten years. On May 2, 2018, police officers arrested him in his parents’ guest house after he missed a court date the month before.
Her Second Breakthrough
The actress bagged the role of Leah Anne Toughy in The Blind Side. The character was the mother who took Michael Oher into her family. It was a drama based on a true story and earned her more acclaim. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. She chose to step out of the limelight for a while after this.
Making A Comeback
In 2013, she made her comeback by starring in The Heat. She and Melissa McCarthy played mismatched law enforcers tasked to bring down a drug lord. The buddy-cop film earned rave reviews, and their chemistry got a lot of praise. It helped Sandra Bullock find her place in Hollywood again.
The Heat Opened Doors For Her
She found even more success later that year. Sandra Bullock was the lead star in Gravity, where she played a medical engineer and astronaut. It raked in over $720 million at the worldwide box office. She got nominated for another Academy Award for her performance. Entertainment Weekly also called her the 2013 Entertainer of the Year! She got the same recognition in 2008.
Her Highest Grossing Film
In 2015, the actress lent her voice to Scarlett Overkill, the villain in Minions. The animated comedy film made $336 million in North America and then $823.4 million everywhere else. That means it made a total of more than $1.159 billion. It became her highest-grossing film! That same year, she produced and starred in Our Brand Is Crisis.
She Returned In 2018
Sadly, Our Brand Is Crisis proved to be a commercial flop. The actress decided to take some time off after this. She then returned to join the all-female cast of Ocean’s 8. She played Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s sister, who planned a heist during the Met Gala. It grossed more than $297 million worldwide but earned lukewarm critical reception.
Bird Box Buzz
She went on to star in the Netflix movie called Bird Box. Danish filmmaker Stephanie Bier also worked on another thriller called The Night Manager, which starred Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston. Only a week after Bird Box came out, Netflix reported that it had the biggest week-long viewership of its original movies. It garnered 45 million viewers in only 7 days!
She Was Actually Blindfolded
Did you know that they actually blindfolded her during filming? She revealed that she covered her eyes for at least half of the film. This meant that she kept running into the camera when they were filming! During an interview with BBC, the director said that she had “sleepless nights” each time Bullock refused to put holes in the blindfold she wore. She was clearly committed to her role!
She Took Off A Layer When Carrying Kids
When she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, she mentioned something fascinating. She said that she was careful when she had to run and carry Boy and Girl at the same time. “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,” she said.
Fear During Filming
The actress talked to People magazine about something that she did not enjoy on the set of Bird Box. Together with Sarah Paulson, she admitted she did not like getting scared on the set: “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.” We bet it made filming harder!
The Bird Box Monster Revelation
Viewers never saw what the creatures attacking people with their eyes open looked like. However, screenwriter Eric Heisserer let Bloody Disgusting know that they nearly showed the monsters! According to him, the creatures scared at the actress at first but made her laugh afterward. The actress told them, “It was a green man with a horrific baby face. It was snake-like.”
Sandra Bullock And George Lopez
A lot of people woke up in the middle of the night to see George Lopez on television. Who would have thought that this would not be the case if it were not for Sandra Bullock? During the early ‘90s, he was a comedian on the Southern California comedy club circuit. At the time, the actress had been looking for a Latino talent to collaborate on a show that aimed to promote Latino visibility in America. In 2000, she saw him at a performance and then visited him backstage to talk about the project.
A Close Friendship
After that, George Lopez went on to become one of the most famous Latino actors on the small screen. Aside from that, the two of them started an amazing friendship with each other. “If it wasn’t for her involvement in me, or her belief in me, I would have had a very different last 10 years… 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,” he explained in 2011.
A Major Throwback
They have been close friends ever since she helped him launch his career in the entertainment industry. In those days, she gave him a Blackberry phone! Apparently, this was what her first message to him 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.”
The Million Dollar Baby
Sandra Bullock tried to get Million Dollar Baby into production mode for a long time. Sadly, studios had no interest in a film about a female boxer back then. She decided to take up the Miss Congeniality 2 offer instead. Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood eventually started working on Million Dollar Baby, even earning an Oscar for the actress in the process! When Bullock was asked about it, she only said, “When things like that happen, that’s the way they’re supposed to be.”
Accepting Her Razzie And Oscar
Do you remember when Sandra Bullock appeared in All About Steve? Maybe not because The Blind Side overshadowed it that year. The actress got a Worst Actress nomination during the Golden Raspberry Awards for her performance! She was good-natured about it and even attended the ceremony to get the award. The next night, she went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her The Blind Side performance. The balance was restored!
Dressing Like Her Mom
Her mother was a gifted opera singer who wore very fashionable outfits. Her mother made all of her outfits by herself, so she used to do this for her daughter as well. “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 revealed.
Her Home Improvement Hobby
When she is not busy filming, she likes to remodel her home whenever she could find the time. She told InStyle that she finds it relaxing. “[Moving] furniture of working on one of the properties I’m renovating. It’s heaven. I get up on Sundays, and I’m literally looking at house listing and Remodelista magazine. It’s my porn… I can walk into a building and envision what you can do,” she said.
Her Anti-Aging Secret
When she filmed Murder By Numbers, she got a Chinese acupuncturist and herbalist on set to help everyone on the cast and crew destress. We are sure that everyone felt and looked great in no time at all! It seems like this is one of the anti-aging secrets of the actress. Rumor says that Sandra Bullock gets acupuncture at least three times each week and requires one on the set if she will be working on a movie!
Her Ultimate Romantic Partner
Sandra Bullock worked on a number of romantic comedies when she was starting out in Hollywood. The genre soon became associated with her, so she decided it was time for her to take on more serious roles. Two Weeks Notice with Hugh Grant was the last rom-com she filmed. Bullock talked about the role: “I had the ultimate romantic partner in Hugh Grant. So I’ve done that nice chapter in my life, and that chapter is closed.”
Not A Stereotypical Film
Sandra Bullock returned to the Hollywood scene by starring in the box office hit film The Heat. The movie was successful, and she was glad to work on it since it was female-centric but not stereotypical. “I’ve always wanted to do a female buddy film, the kind the guys get to do. This didn’t have anything to do with getting a guy, and it didn’t involve shoe shopping,” she revealed when she spoke to Parade.