October 6, 2013

Sandra Bullock on ‘Gravity,’ Oscars and motherhood

The Oscar winner lost in space, in a good place

By Barry Koltnow
Mcclatchy Newspapers

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This publicity photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Sandra Bullock, left, as Dr. Ryan Stone in “Gravity." (AP Photo/Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

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This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows a scene from "Gravity." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

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Q. Do you think you ever would have been approached for this role in “Gravity” if not for the Oscar for “The Blind Side?”

A. I don’t know. That would have to be a studio question.

Q. When you won the Oscar, did you think it might open some new doors for you?

A. No. There were so many other things going through my head the night I won the Oscar than how it would impact my career (laughs).

Q. That’s right; you were secretly adopting your son Louis the week of the Oscar ceremony. By the way, who says that Sandra Bullock can’t keep a secret?

A. Hey, everybody who knows me knows that I will go to my grave with a secret. If you tell me not to tell anyone, I don’t tell anyone. But yes, my head was elsewhere.

Q. What do you remember about that night?

A. People ask me that and I remember so little. All I remember is that I wanted to get home for the midnight feeding. And that I was sewn into that dress, and how was I going to do the midnight feeding in that dress? Well, I ended up doing the midnight feeding in my Oscar dress because I couldn’t get it off in time.

Q. And how is Louis?

A. Delicious. He’s in preschool, being smart, too smart. He’s so social, and his brain is so big. He couldn’t wait to start school.

Q. OK, the kid’s in school, and it’s time to get back to work. How excited were you when you were approached to be in your first space movie?

A. I didn’t think like that. I thought about being approached to be in an Alfonso Cuarón movie. He is the archetype for me. He is an artist. He is the one I based everything on. I make people watch his movies. I have such an emotional connection to all his movies – how he did it, how he pushed the boundaries, where he broke the rules.

Q. You must have jumped at the chance to work with him.

A. Not really. He came at a time when I did not want to work. I had nothing to offer. I had nothing to give.

Q. What was his reaction to your lack of enthusiasm?

A. He said he was coming to Austin to talk. I was excited about meeting him, but I was hoping I didn’t like him. A lot of times, you meet someone you idolize and they let you down.

Q. Why did you think you had nothing to give?

A. I was a new mom. I was hunkered down for a while, and I was tired. I just wanted to be where I was, and not run off somewhere when I didn’t have all my strength.

Q. You’ve been through this before, not with a child, but when you burned out on your career and stopped working for a while.

A. Yes, I’ve shut down before. But you have to listen to your body. You have to honor it, but this business doesn’t want you to honor it.

Q. What changed your mind?

A. I met the person. I was just so moved and so connected to his journey of how this movie came about, not from a technical standpoint but from an emotional and storytelling standpoint. I love this man. I have very similar views, and I felt trusting of this human being. By the time he left Austin, my curiosity was piqued.

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Sandra Bullock, left and below, as Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney as Matt Kowalsky in “Gravity.”

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This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Sandra Bullock in a scene from "Gravity." Bullock says making the lost-in-space movie directed by Alfonso Cuaron was her “best life decision” ever. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

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This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Sandra Bullock in a scene from "Gravity." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

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This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows George Clooney in a scene from "Gravity." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)


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