With roles ranging from Miss Congeniality to Gravity, Sandra Bullock has cemented herself as one of Hollywood's most marketable and popular actresses. However, there's still a lot about her that people rarely know. Read on to learn more about this incredible actress.
1. German Speaker
Bullock has shared her German language skill with audiences before, which left them pretty surprised, and in several interviews. She learned it from her mother, Helga Mathilde Meyer, a German opera singer. And Bullock also spent the majority of her childhood - about 12 years - in Nuremberg, where her dad was stationed with the US military.
2. Stage Debut At 5 Years Old
You might remember first seeing Bullock in Demolition Man (1993) or Love Potion No. 9 (1992). However, German audiences actually got their first glimpse of her talent in an opera in Nuremberg, when she was only 5 years old. Bullock's stage debut at a very young age inspired her to develop a career in acting that would last decades.
3. Bring It On
After the Bullock family made their way to North America and finally settled in the Washington, D. C. area, our Miss Congeniality actress attended Washington-Lee High School. She was once a cheerleader, and she still has the uniform. Bullock said of the keepsake, "That might come in handy some sexy night. I don't know who I'm saving it for," then adding, "I want to be buried in it."
4. Dropping Out Of College To Pursue Acting
Although Bullock was only three credits shy of graduating from East California University, she packed up and moved to New York City, where she worked as a bartender to support her dream of becoming an actress. During that time, Bullock took acting classes with Sanford Meisner, and it was not long before she finally landed a gig in an Off-Broadway production.
5. A Short Run On An Ill-Fated NBC Sitcom
After landing an agent and appearing in some low-budget films and TV shows, Bullock earned a part in the 1989 made-for-television film Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman, which led her to playing Tess McGill in the short-lived NBC television adaptation of the movie Working Girl. From there on, Bullock got more opportunities to appear in film, and she rose to early prominence with a supporting role in Demolition Man (1993).
6. Everyone Said Not To Take This Role
A report from People magazine in 1995 includes a quote from Bullock, who spoke to one of her hometown newspapers, saying, "Everyone told me not to do Speed. I mean, it looked like I'd be just 'the girl,' but I've learned to do things by instinct." Fortunately, she never backed out of the role, as she might not have landed even more prominent roles without it.
7. A String Of Film Success Followed After Speed
Bullock's outstanding performance in Speed quickly turned her into a Hollywood leading actress. She received her first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress-Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her role in While You Were Sleeping. In an attempt to expand her dramatic range, Bullock even appeared as an alcoholic newspaper columnist who's sent to rehab in the film 28 Days.
8. Top the Charts
Minions (2015) is Bullock's most commercially successful film overall, with a total gross of about $1.16 billion. Meanwhile, Gravity is her most commercially successful live-action film with a gross of over $720 million.
9. Adopted Kids
Bullock announced on April 28, 2010, that she had proceeded with plans to adopt a son. In fact, her son, Louis, began living with them in January 2010, but they chose to keep the news private until after the Oscars in March 2010. Soon later she adopted her daughter Laila.
10. A Restaurant In Texas
Before closing in September 2015, Bess Bistro, owned by Bullock, was known for French and Cajun cuisine in Austin. She originally moved to the area while in a relationship with Texas-native Matthew McConaughey. The two once formed a bond while filming A Time to Kill in 1996 and still remain good friends to this day.
11. Survived A Plane Crash
When traveling during the Christmas period back in 2000, Bullock and her boyfriend at the time, musician Bob Schneider, incredibly survived a plane crash. The pilot of the jet they were flying in became confused by the snowy conditions and mistook ground lights for those in the middle of a runway. As a result, they skidded to a crash landing, as stated in a report from the Guardian at that time.
12. Allergic To Horses
Bullock was enjoying her newfound fame thanks to Speed, when she co-starred with Denis Leary in the 1996 rom-com Two If By Sea. Unfortunately, she found she was allergic to horses while shooting a scene with them.
13. 16-years-younger Boyfriend & Close Co-star
In 2001, Bullock was dating Canadian actor Ryan Gosling despite their 16-year age difference. They were together for a little over a year, which was long enough for her Two Weeks Notice co-star Hugh Grant to tease her about it. He gave Gosling a nickname "The Child" and would mimic a baby to rile her up.
14. She Hates Musicals
Considering Bullock's own musical training and the careers of her parents, it's more ironic rather than interesting. She once admitted in a 20o9 interview with Harper's Bazaar that she would never step foot on the set of a musical. She made her stance even more clear by saying, "I hate them. Hate them."
In 2014, a stalker named Joshua Corbett broke into Bullock's Los Angeles home. She locked herself in a closet immediately and dialed 911 after realizing a stranger was in her house. Corbett was arrested and sentenced to 5-year probation for stalking Bullock and breaking into her residence. And he was also subject to a 10-year protective order requiring him to stay away from Bullock.