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?”
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.
Matthew McConaughey got a ‘stellar’ tribute from American Cinematheque last Tuesday (21). Sandra didn’t attended, but sent a taped message to him, including a poem she wrote:
A parade of McConaughey’s costars, past (Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon) and present (Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway from next month’s sci-fi epic “Interstellar”) introduced loosely themed clip packages of the 22 years he has spent acting. There were also videotaped well-wishers, including director Richard Linklater, who gave McConaughey his first signature role in “Dazed and Confused,” and Sandra Bullock, who recited a poem she wrote that boasted many memorable stanzas, including: “Thank you for your friendship, your loyalty and your trust / And thank you for reminding me it’s OK to have a smaller bust.” – LA Times
Sandra Bullock is no stranger to the Internet.
The Academy Award winner, 49, admitted she recently did a little search on the web that gave her a bit of insight.
“So, I Googled myself and read the comments section, thinking I could get some tidbits of what people really think of me,” Bullock said while accepting her actress of the year honor for the film Gravity at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s opening night on Saturday. “No human being should ever read the comments sections or ever Google one’s self at any time.”
But the star, who said she learned “a lot about myself,” opened up about her discoveries – good and bad.
“Some things I was very well aware of,” she said. ” ‘Sandra Bullock is over 40’ came up a lot. I know that. ‘Sandra Bullock’s way past 40.’ Yeah, I know that, too … ‘There’s absolutely nothing special about her acting. She’s not particularly attractive, I can’t stand her, she’s mediocre. She’s over 40.’ And apparently Julia [Roberts] … You and I are in a dispute over George Clooney. We talked about this, right? It’s shared custody and we’re both fine with it.”
Going off of that, Bullock – who hasn’t publicly dated anyone since her divorce from cheating ex-husband Jesse James – also touched on relationship rumors.
“[There were] lots and lots of comments about who I’ve dated. Some are true and some I’ll never admit to,” she said.
One person she didn’t necessarily date, but revealed she had a moment – of sorts – with? A fellow awards season regular.
“I was reminded I made out with Meryl Streep,” Bullock revealed of her online dirt. “Off-screen, not necessarily her choice. I kind of took her by surprise.”
But behind all the jokes and silly revelations, the actress, most importantly, acknowledged: “Some commenters thought I had good hair and good teeth. And I made some young girls and some over 40 girls laugh with some chick flicks. I sparked with Betty White and I’ve flown into space. I’ve had a pretty good life and a pretty good career.”
The International Press Academy, which will hand out its awards March 9, just announced the list of nominees, and as expected, Sandy got her one as Best Actress for Gravity.
Actress in a Motion Picture
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Judi Dench – Philomena
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Adèle Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Color
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
Gravity also landed a nomination as Best Motion Picture, and 4 more.
Candice Bergen on Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone in “Gravity”
People love her in this movie. It’s one of the ways her sheer likability serves her best. We all root for her to survive and to survive the unthinkable. Marooned in space. Alone.
There is tremendous subtlety in her performance. She doesn’t play the full-on anxiety that many actors might have chosen; she goes, instead, for a surface calm that she maintains at all costs. This keeps her semi-sane. The full-on anxiety is borne by the audience.
Clooney floating off early sucks no energy from the screen. We are with her on her journey, willing her to return. And her journey is physical as well as emotional. Her clumsy clambering about the space station in the beginning morphs into confident athleticism. She becomes a space monkey. Learning to navigate in space, she masters it in life and we are finally free to sit back in our seats. She has kept us on the edge of them for 90 minutes, most of that singlehandedly. It is a fiercely honest performance, restrained and powerfully effective. She is alive every minute.
And her legs are second to none.
(Bergen won five Emmys and was nominated for an Oscar.)