Sandra Bullock is one the the most likable Hollywood actresses and now we get to see her in the new space flick Gravity.
For many years Bullock has graced the big and small screens with her performances and her down to Earth simplicity has attracted millions to watch her films. Now she joins her pal, George Clooney in this tale of two astronauts who become stranded in space after the space shuttle carrying them becomes crippled.
In a story published in The Hollywood Reporter, Sandra Bullock talks about what led her to take the role of Dr. Ryan Stone in the film.
After going through a very public and painful divorce from ex Jesse James (what was she ever doing with him?) and adopting a child, she was ready for some time off from acting.
When Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her performance in The Blind Side in 2010, she quietly stepped into the background.
“I really had no desire to work at that time.” recalls Bullock
In that frame of mind, Sandra Bullock received a visit from director Alfonso Cuaron, who came to her home in Austin to talk to her about Gravity.
Cuaron recalls the conversation, “We didn’t talk about space or technology. We only talked about feelings. The theme of adversity was something very fresh in her life. We spent a whole evening just discussing how it shapes your life.”
This is one of the most challenging roles Bullock has ever undertaken and could be the best in her career according to reviews praising her. Most of her scenes were done in isolation while in a tube without sound.
“By the end [of our meeting], I still wasn’t sure how I would execute a project like this,” says Bullock of the meeting with the director. “But I met someone whom I had a great connection with. It made it a lot easier to answer, ‘Am I going to pass up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?’ “
During her career Sandra Bullock has played roles from comedy, which she says she wants to continue doing, to drama and everything in between. The public seems to love her in anything she does.
Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney opens in theaters October 4.