Unknown Facts about Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock remains one of the most influential and popular actresses in the world, even though her career began the better part of 30 years ago. The star has been featured in many major films, including The Proposal, The Blind Side, The Heat, Miss Congeniality, Gravity, Bird Box, and Speed. Bullock has plenty of very committed and adoring fans. With that being said, there are still a few interesting details about the actress’s life that have caught even the most loyal fans by surprise. We have made a list of 24 insane facts that will be sure to leave you speechless.
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Bullock Was Raised In Germany
After she was born in Virginia, Bullock and her family decided to pick up their lives and move to Europe. Her father was an army employee, and her mother found her passion for opera singing. The young actress spent 12 wonderful years in Austria and Germany, where she grew up speaking German. More so, the star found her love for being on the stage after studying at the School of Music and Dance in Nuremberg.
The Bullock Family Relocated To Washington When She Was 12 Years Old
After her 12 years in Germany and Austria, the Bullock family picked up their lives once again and relocated to Washington. There, Sandra attended Washington Lee High School and made plenty of friends very quickly. The star even began cheerleading and took a few roles in the school’s theater productions. When she graduated, Bullock began studying at East Carolina University. However, she dropped out just before she received her Bachelor’s degree.
Bullock Graced The Stage For The First Time When She Was Just 5 Years Old
As we have mentioned, Bullock found her love for being on the stage at a very young age. When she was just 5 years old, German audiences were graced with scenes of a very talented Sandra when she made an appearance for an opera in Nuremberg. After this, she began accepting a few roles at Staatstheater Nurnberg.
Bullock Dropped Out Of College And Relocated To New York
After dropping out of college, Bullock packed up her life (once again) and moved to New York City. In order to earn some cash, the star took up a job as a bartender. However, this was all done to support her dream of becoming an actress, as she was taking acting classes with Sanford Meisner. Before long, Bullock landed a role on an Off-Broadway show.
Bullock Had A Short Cameo On An NBC Sitcom
Once Bullock found herself an agent and appeared in a few Off-Broadway productions, she accepted a role in the movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man And The Bionic Woman. From there, the actress played Tess McGill in the ill-fated NBC series Working Girl. However, it was not too long after these roles that Bullock gained immense success and recognition for her insane acting ability.
Bullock’s Big Role Came One Year After Demolition Man
About one year after Sandra acted in Demolition Man, she was chosen to play Annie Porter in the hit film Speed. However, before she was cast, huge stars, such as Halle Berry and Ellen DeGeneres, were considered for the part. In order to prove her talent, Bullock had to read through the entire script with co-star Keanu Reeves.
Her Friends And Family Told Her Not To Accept Her Big Role
In an interview with Virginia newspapers, Bullock admitted that her friends and family warned her against accepting her role in Speed. They all thought that she would just play ‘the girl’ and were worried that she would not be able to showcase her talent. However, Bullock went on instinct and accepted the role.
Bullock’s Kids Are Adopted
In 2010, Bullock and her husband announced that they had adopted their first son. The baby began living with the couple in January of 2010. However, they only made this news public after the Oscars in March. After the couple separated, Sandra continued with the adoption process as a single parent.
Bullock’s Children Are Growing Up Very Fast
Bullock had originally planned to adopt children in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. However, her ideas did not materialize until 2010. The actress made the decision to adopt in order to show her support and advocacy for the practice. Her two adopted children have grown up very quickly since we first got to see them - however, they are still as cute as ever.
Bullock Found Plenty Of Success After Speed
Bullock found plenty of success after her role in Speed. Fans and movie lovers began to appreciate the star for her incredible and authentic acting ability. Sandra received her first-ever Golden Globe award for her role in While You Were Sleeping. She appeared in more hit movies throughout the nineties - in order to expand her range, she even acted as an alcoholic in 28 Days.
Bullock Regrets The Speed Sequel
Sandra has admitted publicly that she regrets making the sequel for Speed. In fact, the star announced that the only reason she featured in the film was to receive financial backing for her next project, called Hope Floats. Bullock even went as far as to say that she wished that there was someone to warn her against featuring in Speed 2.
Bullock Took A Short Break After Miss Congeniality
Bullock accepted the role of an FBI agent in Miss Congeniality. After the film was released, the actress earned her second Golden Globe Award for best actress in a Musical or comedy. However, after this, Sandra decided to take a short break from the stressful life of being a world-class actress. She only returned in 2002, when she accepted a role in Murder By Numbers.
Bullock Found Out That She Had Allergies After Working On Two If By Sea
Bullock reached immense success after starring in Speed. However, while filming a scene for her movie, called Two If By Sea, the actress discovered that she is allergic to a specific type of animal. To be more specific, she couldn’t stop sneezing while filming a scene with a horse. To make matters even worse, Two If By Sea achieved very little success when compared to her other movies.
Bullock Was Teased By Hugh Grant For Dating Ryan Gosling
After Bullock’s engagement to Tate Donovan fell apart, the actress began dating a very well-known Canadian star. Even though Ryan Gosling and Bullock have a 16-year age difference, the couple dated for more than a year. Hugh Grant found their relationship hilarious and couldn’t help but refer to Gosling as ‘The Child’.
Bullock Survived A Plane Crash
In 2000, Bullock and her then-boyfriend were traveling for the holiday season. However, before the plane took off, it skidded on the runway due to it being coated in a layer of snow. Thankfully, Bullock and everyone onboard the plane walked away unharmed. It is believed that the pilot mistook the ice and hazardous conditions for runway lights.
The Actress Once Owned A Restaurant In Texas
Many fans do not know that Bullock once owned a restaurant called Bess Bistro in Texas. While the restaurant initially started as a French-style bistro, the executive chef ended up changing the theme slightly. In 2015, Bess Bistro closed its doors for good. However, Bullock still owns a bakery that can be found right next door to the former restaurant.
Bullock Can’t Stand Musicals
As we have already mentioned, Bullock attended a music and acting school as a young child. However, she has openly admitted to hating musicals. Considering her mother’s musical background, this came as quite a shock to plenty of fans around the world. She has even gone as far as to say that she will never set foot on the set of a musical production.
Bullock And Jesse James Got Married On The 16th Of July, 2005
Bullock and Jesse James tied the knot in 2005. James is a well-known motorcycle builder after he hosted the shows Monster Garage and Jesse James Is A Dead Man. The couple met after Sandra organized for her godson to meet James as a Christmas present. After marrying, Bullock and James entered a battle with his ex-wife over the custody of their child.
Bullock And James Were Involved In A Scandal In 2010
During the later stages of their marriage, many women publicly announced that James had been unloyal. Jesse issued a public apology to his wife and checked into a rehabilitation facility to deal with personal issues. However, Bullock still decided to call it quits and filed for divorce not too long after.
Bullock Has A Few Fans That Are Obsessed With Her
In 2007, a woman by the name of Marcia Diana Valentine was found sleeping outside the home of Bullock and James. When he went to confront the woman for her odd behavior, she rushed to her car and tried to run him over. The woman was then sentenced to three years of probation for stalking and attempted assault.
Bullock Was Involved In A Stalking Incident In 2014
In 2014, a man by the name of Joshua James Corbett broke into Bullock’s home. The actress quickly locked herself in her bedroom and called the police. After Joshua was arrested, he was sentenced to five years of probation for stalking the star. He was also given a restraining order and was required to stay far away from Bullock for ten years.
The Blind Side Was A Breakthrough For Bullock
Bullock accepted a role in the popular and heart-wrenching film called The Blind Side. In the movie, Sandra played Leah Anne Toughy, a mother who took a boy named Michael Oher under her wing. She earned an Academy Award and Golden Globe for best actress due to her performance. After this, the star decided to take a break from Hollywood and the spotlight.
Bullock Made A Fantastic Return In 2013
After her long hiatus, Bullock returned to the big screen for her role in The Heat. She played alongside the hilarious Melissa McCarthy, who paired up with Bullock in the film in order to take down a drug lord. The Heat received plenty of appraisals and earned Sandra her position in the spotlight once again.
The Heat Was Yet Another Breakthrough For Bullock
After the release of The Heat, Bullock had plenty of opportunities when it came to her acting. She decided to accept a role in the popular film Gravity. In the movie, Sandra plays a medical engineer and astronaut. The actress received yet another Academy Award for her performance. More so, Bullock was named the Entertainer Of The Year by Entertainment Weekly. This was the second time that the star achieved this honor.