Bullock in Australia at the 2013 premiere of The Heat
|Born||Sandra Annette Bullock
July 26, 1964
Arlington, Virginia, United States
|Residence||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Education||Washington-Lee High School|
|Alma mater||East Carolina University|
|Spouse(s)||Jesse G. James (m. 2005; div. 2010)|
|Relatives||Gesine Bullock-Prado (sister)|
If you can't categorize a film for a studio, it's really difficult for them to wrap their heads around it and give you the money.
I haven't always acted or reacted in a way that made me proud, but I didn't make that same mistake twice, and I think that's what I love about adversity is that it always reminds me of what's really valuable in life.
I've always wanted to do a female buddy film, the kind the guys get to do.
I always said if it gets to a point where I really want a child, I would adopt; kids are amazing, so I'm getting the selfish stuff out of my system so when I have them I can say, 'Go, run. I have plenty of money, go play.'
The universe, it balances. It makes sure you don't get a head that's too big. I love it.
Leaving my house and getting on to a red carpet is always crazy for me, because you have to find a way to be comfortable in the most uncomfortable situation imaginable.
I consider myself sort of like a pseudo lawyer. Like, I'm convinced I can solve every case and argue my way.
I think every human being has a level of melancholy in life and in general.
If you spend enough time with yourself in silence, you'll be surprised what goes through your head.
I need to know how the clock is made after you tell me what time it is. I want to know all the details so I can understand how it works.
My parents were opera singers and voice teachers, so growing up, I admired musicians and dancers.
I'm controlling, and I want everything orderly, and I need lists. My mind goes a mile a minute. I'm difficult on every single level.
If you can't pronounce it, you probably shouldn't be putting it in your body or in your environment.
My mother always told me, 'Don't get married. Make your own life. You don't need a man.'
I don't like to fly. I've never been a good flyer. I have a lot of friends that have permanent nail marks in their arms… The moaning that comes from me when there is turbulence. It's awkward for everyone around.
If a studio sees that a female can bring in audiences, then they're going to make movies with that person.
Ironing is comfort. It's control. I'm a nutty person who likes to make sure everything is in its place.
I hated my whole childhood, hated it, hated it, hated it. There was no place for me.
I'm simply the mom who makes the lunch, drives to school, finds where the toys are, washes the clothes, and I'm here to play. And that's all I should be.
I will do comedy until the day I die: inappropriate comedy, funny comedy, gender-bending, twisting comedy, whatever comedy is out there.
Forensics I've always found absolutely fascinating. Anything to do with clues. And checking things out and solving.
As for doing more dramatic work over comedy, I do whatever turns me on at the moment.
I love raw cookie dough, right out of the tube. The other thing I eat is marshmallow fluff.
I don't understand why there needs to be a love interest to make women go see a film. I think society sort of makes us feel that way – that if you don't have a guy, you're worthless.
I think in general, romantic comedies tend to take one person's point of view, but every once in a while you get something that is balanced for two people.
I've always said that the experience of meeting an artist that you are in awe of and that you hope to create with one day is usually disappointing because you put them up on a pedestal, and then you're like, 'Wow, that's not a nice person.'
I don't want an opportunity to go missing because of my lack of organization.
I've made mistakes, and I know why I made them, but I made that choice. Nobody's ever made a choice for me.
I find that with some girls, the words 'work' and 'education' have gotten a bad rap.
I know nothing about love and romance, so I prefer to stick to just comedy.
I always had boyfriends, but I never imagined a proposal or a wedding. To me, that was like having a ball and chain round your neck.
Poop humor is fun. If you do the toilet scenes well and commit to them, they can be really, really powerful.
Falling in love-you should go with it, regardless of whether or not your heart gets smashed. You'll be a better person.
I don't know if I always want to be in front of the camera. I love producing, I love the camaraderie. I love the adventures. I love the stress.
I like lists, I'm controlling, I like order. I'm difficult on every level.
Sure, I've done movies in which I was embarrassed by my performance, or might not have cared for a co-star. Then I'd have to tell lies, like, 'Oh, we love each other; everything was perfect!'
Why is marriage the pinnacle for everyone? People get married for the wrong reasons. We need to start looking at different packages, whether it's living together, or being with six partners, or dedicating your life to taking care of flowers.
To me, the good thing about living in L.A. is diversity in lifestyle choices, color, and religion.
There's something sexy about a gut. Not a 400-pound beer gut, but a little paunch. I love that.
I'd like to think at some point instead of it being a woman's film or a man's film, it is just a great story, and both sexes can go and get the same enjoyment out of it.
I have these big piano-playing hands. I feel like I should be picking potatoes.
I was always incredibly driven and found it impossible to relax. I felt that if I slacked off for a minute to enjoy myself, then so many things would be missed.
I think Benjamin Bratt is the most dreamy… he's dreamy! And I love the fact that he's got this Peruvian heritage; he's absolutely striking.
I have friends and family that are filled with massive amounts of integrity. And it shouldn't be an oddity.
If all of a sudden someone said, 'You have five more kids,' I'd be totally OK with it.
Nobody can make me cry in public. I'll punch them first before they make my mascara smear.
People came to my parents' parties because they were going to have fun and, if lucky, our mother would belly dance. What they didn't know was that the hostess made sure every morsel placed in front of them was pure and without anything artificial, no matter what the cost.
I didn't have a teenage or early-20s experience that was free and without worry. I missed the screw-everything, have-a-good-time phase.
I don't like guys who will lie down and take it. I want someone who'll fight back. I like people who can argue well.
I was a brownie for a day. My mom made me stop. She didn't want me to conform.
I would love to be on 'Top Gear' as a star in a reasonably priced car.
As long as I have enough money for makeup artists, everything is okay. I feel young and very free. But one day, my face will be too old for the camera.
When you have adversity and you have pain, you never feel more alone than you do at that moment. And you can be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people.
Anyone who has been given the gift of being opposite an actor who gives and gives, it just makes you better.
Competing with other women wastes a lot of time, and I'm just not very good at it.
I know when I'm getting ready to mess up, I'm going to do it full-on.
I spent so many summers and New Years and fun times in New Orleans. It was always a place where I felt I could go and actually let go and enjoy the spirit of something.
Half of my family has a deep-rooted connection to the South and Louisiana, and for me, New Orleans is one of our most precious, historic communities: visually, emotionally, artistically.
My first review for the TV movie The Bionic Showdown said I was as interesting as a bus ride.
I think everything is going to be devastatingly sad – when the phone rings, I know somebody in my family's been hurt, somebody's going to die. I'm sure a therapist would go, 'That's not a good way to live,' but every time it's not that bad thing, I'm so thankful and appreciative.
You don't have to give birth to someone to have a family. We're all family – an extended family.
Every single second of every single day… I don't know if I feel like a bad mom, but at the end of the day I'm always plagued with, 'Did I do enough? Should I go in a different direction?'
Racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism, anything Nazi and a boatload of other things have no place in my life.
I know nothing about Christianity, nothing about football, and I'm not a Republican.
Latinos, Asians, African-Americans, women – we're all trying to find our place in this world of cinema and television and theater. And the great thing with comedy is that most of the time, you could be orange. It doesn't matter, as long you're funny.
Human beings exist that have integrity, that know how to keep their mouth shut, that know the bigger picture, that don't sell out their friends.
In our film business, they say it's recession-proof, but there's no such thing. I think what it's done is there's been an increase in demand for high-quality product. If you understand the business side of it, there's a way to balance it.
If I die tomorrow, will I have gotten everything in the world I've ever wanted? No. But I will have gotten everything that's made me happiest.
It's sad when you say a $30 million film is an inexpensive film, but it is.
Composing means you have a beginning, middle and end and a fluidity to what you're doing.
I've been on the floor and I've been heartbroken. I didn't know how I was going to stand up. But I just gave it time.
Once you learn how to say no, that's about the only place that you'll have control of your work and what you do.
I don't want to be seen as the kind of person who does things and then expects publicity in return.
There is a difference between executive producing and producing. Producing, you have no life for two years. You take everything personally, you want to kill everyone, you're depressed and angry, and then in the end you feel excited when it actually works. But executive producing, you can go home at the end of the day.
No one understands the shift in priorities about having a child in your life… until you have a child in your life.
The acting thing is so beyond my control. Acting isn't mine. You're like a tiny piece in this big, corporate mechanism that needs chemistry and divine intervention.
No one has ever bought me underwear, and I'm a little bummed about that. Maybe it's not such a big deal any more.
I used to get out of bed sometimes and feel depressed and watched a lot of reruns on TV to get over it. I should have allowed myself to be a little more human and not worry about trying to be a superwoman.
A sequel is such a daunting thing, because you don't want to lose the magic and the charm of the first one.
I think most of us are raised with preconceived notions of the choices we're supposed to make.
I can install toilets. I know all about the wax ring. I can tile floors. I'm learning how to do basic wiring.
Would I like to go into space? No. Maybe I'd do it when I'm old and have done everything else on this planet.
I've learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you.
I've been in enough films where the studio wanted that extra little cuteness to make it sellable.
After a while, you have no idea how old you are because you've lied so many times.
If a film is not a success, then that's just the way things are. Nothing I can do can make a difference. I have stopped worrying about it.
I've made peace with the fact that the things that I thought were weaknesses or flaws were just me. I like them.
As connected as we are with technology, it's also removed us from having to have human connection, made it more convenient to not be intimate.
It's just too much if you make your career everything. It is everything when you're doing it. But you have to find things you love just as much.
I feel like when you have an unauthorized police badge and something that looks like it could be a concealed weapon in the small of your back that when you, someone crosses you, pisses you off, road rage, I think just the slight badge and the little moving away of the jacket and not losing eye contact does amazing things.
There's so many different ways to cheat. People think infidelity is the way to cheat. I think it's sometimes far worse to emotionally cheat on somebody.
I love fashion. I love couture. I'm going to erect a shelf in my bedroom with an art light to be the spot for the shoes of the month.
I think most people have that out of body experience when they win the Oscar.
I was afraid of being a failure, of not having the best time or of being chicken. But every year I get older I think, What was I fearing last year?' You forget. And then you move on.
No one has proof that I know of, that a higher power exists, yet a major portion of the world believes in it and relies on it in faith in trust, in what that is. Where is the science in that? And yet you have incredible belief in that.
Don't corral me, and I'll always come home. Just let me go out and play during the day.
I have no desire to maintain a lifestyle. I am a horrible celebrity. If I am out in public I dress like a pig.
I'm not a fan of reality shows, but I am a fan of people who use their brains and skills and hard work to outsmart people, not to steal someone's man or get drunk on TV.
I used to be an optimist, but now I know that nothing is going to turn out as I expect.
Everyone told me to pass on 'Speed' because it was a 'bus movie.'
I love fashion. I love couture. I'm going to erect a shelf in my bedroom with an art light to be the spot for the shoes of the month. I want them to serve another purpose.
I think most of us are raised with preconceived notions of the choices we're supposed to make. We waste so much time making decisions based on someone else's idea of our happiness – what will make you a good citizen or a good wife or daughter or actress. Nobody says, 'Just be happy – go be a cobbler or go live with goats.'
Makeup is scary. When I do it myself, it's just mascara, and sometimes I forget even to do that.
I have an expensive hobby: buying homes, redoing them, tearing them down and building them up the way they want to be built. I want to be an architect.
I've lived next door to people all my life. I don't know how cute they think I am.
I basically became a cheerleader because I had a very strict mom. That was my way of being a bad girl.
You can't really dance properly to James Brown. If you dance to James Brown, you look like an idiot. There's a lot of jerking.
I will make myself sick on films, just because you want everything to be right. I can't sleep if something hasn't been done or is out of place.
Fame means when your computer modem is broken, the repair guy comes out to your house a little faster.
Comedy is wonderful when you really nail it and you hear people laughing, but it's not always that easy.
I hope they invent a machine in which you type in the age you want to be, and it lifts and separates everything nonsurgically.
Y'know, every relationship is different. There are good marriages, bad marriages, connected partners, unconnected partners.
I'm a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it's bad or good.
I can't selfishly take journeys anymore because I have to take a little boy along with me.
Being in front of a camera, in a nice dress, getting all dressed up, is extreme. There's a lot of other extreme situations, you know, just getting out of bed sometimes is extreme – but I do it. Just got to do it, just got to get up. Put your sweatpants on, brush off the dog hair and just get out of the house!
Usually comedy is only available to us ladies in the romantic comedy. That's why I hate romantic comedies.
Great acting may be a turn-on, but it won't make me fantasize about the person for a week.
I don't think we spend enough time in silence, just realizing what's floating around in our noggin.
I was always longing to do, emotionally and physically, what my male counterparts always got to do. I just felt envious, every time I saw a movie that I was in awe of, and it was usually a male lead. And those kinds of roles weren't available. They just weren't being written.