Little Louis to the rescue! Sandra Bullock may have a new man in her life, but the Oscar-winning actress credits her 5-year-old son for keeping her in line. She opened up about motherhood and her movie career in Glamour magazine's November issue. Click here to see the cutest photos of Sandra and Louis.
"Well, I did some stupid things in college. Fact that I didn't wind up in jail: miracle. Miracle! So I'm grateful for that. But, you know, I don't feel like I was an adult till about five years ago," East Carolina University grad, 51, said. "I had to step back and go, 'I have the greatest gift in little Louis, and I'm gonna let him see the woman I want him to know.' So a child forces you to get your sh-t together. In the best way."
The Minions actress adopted Louis from New Orleans in 2010 amid her tumultuous divorce from Jesse James. Flash-forward five years, and America's Sweetheart is now dating photographer Bryan Randall — and landing blockbuster hits. Even more, she's going after the roles she wants. For her new drama Our Brand Is Crisis, she asked producer and longtime friend George Clooney if the lead male role could instead be played by a woman.
"I did as my mother did: I put my blinders on and blazed forward. Sometimes you get a no. But I expect the no. I don’t expect the yes. With this I got very nervous. I didn’t know if George had made this for himself. But the response was ‘We’re cool with it,'" Bullock told Glamour. "And then the role — I mean, it was so beautifully written for a man. It wasn’t one of those things where you go, ‘Hmm, how do we change it to a woman?’ You just change the sex; that was pretty much it. She’s human."
Bullock — who's played the lead in classic comedies such as Miss Congeniality and The Proposal — claims that she became a protagonist in films instead of "the girl" because she wasn't "classically beautiful." Along the way, she also became a producer, co-producing Our Brand Is Crisis with Clooney and Grant Heslov. (She and Clooney starred in 2013's Gravity together.)
"I like creating a story. I don’t have to be in front of the camera to do it. I stopped [producing] when I had Lou because it’s a 24/7 job sometimes," she explained. "With Our Brand I said, ‘I want to dip my toe back in.’ And I was able to balance everything, have my school drop-off time. I don’t want to miss a moment. People asked me, ‘Remember in ’96 when.…’ I go, ‘I don’t. I don’t remember most of my life, because I was not present.’ I was worried, I was fearful, I was running, I was hiding. Only in the last five years do I remember everything."
Bullock does, however, remember when she first met Clooney. She met the actor and Heslov when she dated one of their friends back in the day. "I met George at a party where he was doing Buddy Hackett imitations! George was the reason the guy that I ended up dating dated me," she recalled, without naming the boyfriend in question. "He was like, 'If you don’t get with her, I’m gonna get with her.' He was kidding but sort of pushing. So we’ve all known each other for umpteen-chillion years and have supported each other from afar."
When not on set, however, Bullock enjoys her time with Louis — who she hopes will only be judged "by the man he is" in the future. "You see how far we’ve come in civil rights — and where we’ve gotten back to now. I want my son to be safe," she said. "We are at a point now where if we don’t do something, we will have destroyed what so many amazing people have done. You look at women’s rights; it’s turning into a mad, mad world out there. But sometimes it needs to get really loud for people to say, ‘I can’t unsee this.'"
In addition, she spends time with Randall. As exclusively reported, the hunky 49-year-old recently moved into her 8,000-square-foot Beverly Hills home — where she most likely keeps her high school cheerleader outfit.
"That might come in handy some sexy night," Bullock quipped. "I want to be buried in it."
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