Recently Sandra spoke with The Times UK about her new project Our Brand Is Crisis. During the discussion she talked about how she hates selfies.
She might be America’s sweetheart, but even Sandra Bullock has her limits – especially when it comes to social media.
The Our Brand Is Crisis star, 51, says she cringes at the idea of posting a slew of happy selfies for the world to “like,” because the image they project simply isn’t reality.
“We’re not representing our lives truthfully,” she tells U.K.’s The Times. “Like when you’re yelling at your child, you’re not taking a selfie of you being a horrible parent. No, you’re waiting for the perfect selfie. ‘Do I look thinner now?’ ‘Do I look great?’ It’s this false projection of one’s life. Hollywood has now gone global. Everyone’s Hollywood now.”
Bullock, who recently adopted daughter Laila, 3 ½ (she joins brother joins son Louis, who turns 6 this month), turns up her nose at the idea of the “selfie generation.”
“I hate taking selfies,” she says. “I will not take a selfie that I can’t erase. I don’t post or do any of that stuff.”
But that doesn’t mean the star is against taking family snapshots – privately.
Last week, the mother of two picked up a People’s Choice Award for favorite movie actress, and told the audience she keeps a trove of family videos on her smartphone. (She explained that Louis thought he should get an acting award for his starring role in the home movies.)
Bullock also told The Times that in the age of oversharing, less can often mean so much more.
“People have these worlds they post and it’s about projecting an image and getting likes,” she explains. “I read a great article about how there’s a higher rate of depression because people are looking at everyone else’s Facebook [pages] and seeing this picture-perfect life.
“I think it’s frightening for kids and young people developing who they are to have that false sense of acceptance based on an image,” she continued. “How do you unravel that when it’s being pushed hard?”
Sandra Bullock was the winner this Wednesday on People’s Choice Awards 2016 for Favorite Movie Actress for her work in Our Brand is Crisis. Watch the video below, and check pictures in our gallery:
Sandra is a mom again! The current issue of People magazine brings Sandra and her family on cover, revealing that she has adopted a daughter, 3½-year-old Laila (pronounced Lila), a little girl from Louisiana who had been in foster care.
The process of expanding her family began three years ago, with Louis helping to lead the way.
“Louis spearheaded this whole journey,” she says, and while the two siblings have since formed an inseparable bond, Bullock says the first stages of bringing Laila home required patience and plenty of reassurance.
“I knew she was scared, and all I wanted was for her to know Louis and I weren’t going anywhere,” she says of her daughter, who has brought “pink and glitter in the house mixed with Legos and Batmans.”
Check back later for scans and more photos. Congratulations for the beautiful family, Sandra!
As part of this week’s Variety cover story on income disparity for women in Hollywood, Sandra Bullock spoke about the first time she became aware that she was being treated differently at work because of her gender. As Bullock recalled, it was on the set of a movie she made 10 years ago, which she didn’t name. :”It was the worst experience I ever had,” Bullock said. Read her full story below.
Sandra Bullock: It’s a bigger issue than money. I know we’re focused on the money part right now. That’s just a byproduct. I keep saying, “Why is it that no one is standing up and saying you can’t say that about a woman?” We’re mocked and judged in the media and articles. Really, how men are described in articles versus women, there’s a big difference. I always make a joke: “Watch, we’re going to walk down the red carpet, I’m going to be asked about my dress and my hair while the man standing next to me will be asked about his performance and political issues.” Once we start shifting how we perceive women and stop thinking about them as “less than,” the pay disparity will take care of itself. There’s a much bigger issue at hand. I’m glad Hollywood got caught.
But Hollywood has always been at the forefront of pioneering a new road and a new movement. So it’s a blessing that they got caught, and there are a lot of outspoken, narcissistic actors like myself who are very happy to talk about the issue and keep it alive.
My mother basically raised me as, “Women can do everything men can do. Don’t get married. Blaze your own trail.” And I didn’t think others thought any differently. I always thought we are all equal, and we are. I was actually doing a film about 10 years ago, and I found myself yelling and being angry. And I was like, “What is happening to me?” I was literally fearful. And I realized, it’s because I’m female. It dawned on me. At that day and age, at that point in my career, it was the worst experience I ever had.
I was destroyed, because you can’t unsee something. Was I so naïve up to this point to actually think that I was on an equal level with everybody? It was the way I was being treated, because I was female, versus the way others were being treated. It took me a while. It took a year and a half, where I regrouped, and thought, “Okay, this is an isolated case.” I’ve had other subtle experiences, but nothing that blatant. It was a big eye opener, because it wasn’t just men on women. A lot if came from women as well. The blessing of that film was that it opened my eyes.
I was just happy to be working, so you take it, especially in this business. Only like 1 or 2 percent of us get to do this job. I’m not money oriented. I lucked into money most of the time. But money is the byproduct of everything. How do you explain to your son that the ERA hasn’t passed? I want him to think I’m the boss and women are equal, but I can’t really support that in the outside world. I hope in my lifetime, for him, everything is a level-playing field. We can hope.