Sandra Bullock doesn’t need her 5-year-old son, Louis, to know she’s a movie star. That’s because being a Hollywood icon, or People‘s Most Beautiful Woman – as was announced Wednesday – isn’t the most important thing about her.
Being a mom is. That’s what she told the magazine for its “Most Beautiful Woman” issue, which features an interview with Bullock, 50; it’s on newsstands Friday. Sandra said being chosen for the annual honor – following in 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong’o last year – seems just plain silly, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“No, really. I just said, ‘That’s ridiculous.’ I’ve told no one.”
Sandra has kept out of the spotlight since a scary home invasion last year and hasn’t been too quick to jump on many new film projects. She’ll voice a super villain character in Minions this summer and has wrapped up filming of Our Brand is Crisis, a movie about U.S. politics in South America.
Which seems to suggest that Bullock is a mom first, actress second. As for beauty – it’s not really that important, at least not the kind Hollywood pushes. Sandra feels most beautiful in her role as mom, ET added.
“Real beauty is quiet. Especially in this town, it’s just so hard not to say, ‘Oh, I need to look like that.’ No, be a good person, be a good mom, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they’re in a bigger hurry. The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren’t trying.”
And mothers everywhere should take encouragement from that, Bustle declared. Sadly, mom’s are undervalued, unsung heroes, but Sandra is challenging that: Her choice as “Most Beautiful Woman” proves that being a mom augments a woman’s inner and outer beauty, and is a role that warrants both respect and appreciation.
But what’s also encouraging about Bullock’s nomination is her age; at 50, many women feel their beautiful days are behind them, and yet America’s Sweetheart graces the cover better than women half her age. Perhaps that’s because aging seems as unimportant to Sandra Bullock as her new “Most Beautiful” title.
“I was putting (Louis) to bed and told him that even when I’m old and gray and more wrinkly than I am now, I’ll still love him and want to tuck him in. And he asked why I have wrinkles, and I said, ‘Well, I hope some of them are from laughing so much.’ And he touched my face and said, ‘You’re not old, you’re just happy.’”
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