Sandra Bullock’s “new life” on the cover of People – interesting or blah?

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A smiling Sandra Bullock is shown on the cover of the upcoming issue of People with the title “How Sandra Got Her Groove Back.” I was really hoping it involved a strapping young guy (who wasn’t a bisexual con artist like Terry McMillan’s husband) but the profile seems to be more about Sandra’s work life and her life with her adopted son, Louis. We’ve seen a few staged photo ops with Sandra and Louis over the past couple of weeks, and this seems to be more PR from her camp to distract us from what a total ass her ex husband continues to be in the press. She only has one film coming out in limited release this year, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which isn’t out until December. So I think it’s safe to assume that her people want to continue the good will for Sandra and remind us that she’s around. She hasn’t had a film out since 2009′s Blind Side so this isn’t a bad strategy. It seems kind of transparent, though, and judging from the excerpt on People’s website they don’t even have an actual interview with her and are relying on quotes from people who work with her.

sandrabullockpeopleHow did Sandra Bullock bounce back from a hard year?

Credit her 19-month-old son Louis, her sense of humor and her decision to jump back into the acting world in a big way.

“She was very keen to get back to work,” says Stephen Daldry, who directed her in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, one of two dramas the actress, 47, has filmed since last fall.

“She threw herself in with her usual enthusiasm and energy, and she was very relaxed,” he added. “She had little Louis with her, and it was a very familial environment on-set.”

Bullock, who also just wrapped the astronaut drama Gravity, has been keeping a low profile as she passes emotional milestones: the one-year mark of her divorce from Jesse James, and this month’s anniversary of her official adoption of Louis.

As she steps back into the spotlight, her new life is a joyful one. “She’s glowing,” says her Extremely Loud costar Reagan Leonard.

For more about Bullock’s life as a mom, the truth behind romance rumors and a first look at Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

[From People]

Yeah I get that Bullock needs to play this game to keep the projects rolling in and keep the public apprised of her status, but it seems so lame. We love her because she’s genuine, because she’s human, because she weathered one of the worst, most public, most humiliating scandals by keeping her head up and emerging with an adorable baby and words so generous they made her ex look like the lowest form of dirt for ever wronging her. We don’t want to have Bullock thrust at us, we want to admire her tenacity as she gets on with her life, and we want to come to our own conclusions about it.

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Sandra is shown out with Louis on 8/3/11. Credit: Bruja, Juan Sharma, PacificCoastNews.com. She is also shown on 8/1/11 at The Change Up premiere with Ryan Reynolds.

 

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  1. LittleFATMe says:

    How flippin’ cute is that little man?!

  2. brin says:

    I hear what your saying CB, but it’s so good to see her smiling with baby Louis. I’m a sap. Go Sandy!

  3. Nah, nah & nah... says:

    Ok. Funny observation. Doesn’t Louis look like he could be the baby picture of the kid who played her kid in The Blindside? Quinton Whashisname?

    I like her but this America’s Sweetheart thing is getting to be a bit much. Anybody who doesn’t know she’s a ballbuster is in denial. This chick ain’t no joke and, if anything, schlub Jesse needs our sympathy ’cause his jerk self got jerked back beyond measure.

    I will always think the whole Kat crap was his weak attempt to get back at a Sandra who has destroyed his entire life and future, rightfully and on a real level behind the scenes, forever as a result of his poor decisions during their marriage. He’s a non-m-er-effin factor to all women at this point and Sandra’s the one who nailed that coffin.

  4. Addie says:

    I’m not much of a kids person, but prefer those serious looking kids and Louis looks like a great little boy.

    Sandy is great.Very genuine.

  5. Bobbie says:

    I really admire this woman. I like some celebrities, despise/am jealous of some, but admire almost none. I admire her. I’m happy she gets attention. She’s a great example for and of women.

  6. The Truth Fairy says:

    THE MORE I SEE AND READ ABOUT JESSE, THE MORE I WONDER WHAT DREW SANDRA TO HIM. AND NOT JUST FOR A DIRTY LITTLE SEX FLING EITHER – SHE MARRIED HIM! I THINK SHE IS ONE OF THOSE CELEBS WHO’S PRIVATE PERSONA IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM THE PUBLIC ONE.

    (SORRY FOR THE ALL CAPS – I’M HAVING KEYBOARD ISSUES)

  7. cmc says:

    Louis is so cute! But…is it just me or does he seem to be the exact same size as he was last year? I don’t know much about babies but that one seems to be ever-small.

  8. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I think people have to realize these magazines have to keep talking about the elephant in the room. I like Sandy but I actually think she is trying to move on but will the media or public let her?

  9. Turtle Dove says:

    Nah, nah & nah – “schlub Jesse needs our sympathy ’cause his jerk self got jerked back beyond measure…will always think the whole Kat crap was his weak attempt to get back at a Sandra who has destroyed his entire life and future…forever as a result of his poor decisions during their marriage.”

    Jesse, like Tiger, caused his own demise. Jesse’s the one who had affairs and embarrassed her via his actions. If his career has tanked then he needs to look no further than the end of his nose to determine whose fault that is.

    Of course he got with Kat as a dig to Sandy, but he also did it because he’s a whiny prick who feels entitled to live his life in whatever way that he wants regardless of who he hurts. The fact that he gives tacky and salacious sound bites reenforces that fact that this man is a childish dirt bag. He could have taken the high road and not discussed the divorce (like Ryan Reynolds who never said one bad thing about Scarlett) but that wouldn’t get him the attention that he craves and feels justified to receive.

  10. inthekitchen says:

    I love her and wish her the best. Not sure what she did that was so ballbusting but her ex was such a slime ball that I’d probably just give her a standing ovation regardless.

    @cmc, yes, I agree – the baby always seems the exact same size. Strange. Hopefully he’ll have a growth spurt at some point.

  11. searching4grace says:

    @Nah, nah & nah… Really? Everything he did was her fault? She nailed his coffin because he was a d-bag? So that’s how that works. Huh. Phew. So glad someone finally cleared that up for me. ANYWAY. I continually think she’s awesome and have adored her since Miss Congeniality. She cracks me up.

  12. That's Interesting says:

    I know everyone likes to think Aniston is the only one with a Machivellian publicist but they ALL work the press with their ‘inside sources’ and photo-op schtick, even the people who claim not to have a publicist. When you call your publicist an adviser you can claim not to have a publicist, which is a lovely PR trick if you ask me. Should I ever become famous that’s what I’m going to do, just rename everyone’s job title and then claim I don’t have a PR person or even an agent because I’m soooo not into the Hollywood game etc.

    Sandra is clearly playing some PR games here and has since the very beginning of her break-up with Jesse. Does anyone remember that PR sponsored vacation a few years back? There were a million photos of her on that vacation, complete with quotes, the works.

    Still, no one can beat Reese Witherspoon and her PR shenanigans. After getting married just weeks before “Water for Elephants” came out she sold every last photo of her wedding to People magazine. And then just a few weeks ago, we got a complete rundown of every moment of her European honeymoon, I mean EVERY moment. Complete with photos and a million sources. Funny how the press just happened to be around all of these random places in Paris. It’s almost as if someone told them exactly where to be to get good pictures. Witherspoon even doubled down and gave exclusives to People AND US Weekly. Now that’s a pro.

  13. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    I’m with The Tooth Fairy on this one – JJ seems to be a good father so in his heart, even though he slept with a few trollops, he is not so bad. Sometimes seemingly wholesome people are not nice in their heart.

  14. Nah, nah & nah... says:

    @Turtle Dove – Agreed. My only point was that Sandy was always capable of giving twice as bad as Jesse could ever slime at her, and he learned that the hard way.

  15. Turtle Dove says:

    Nah x3 – How? I’ve not heard one thing that she’s done publicly and, unless you know them personally, you wouldn’t be privy to what goes on behind the scenes. There has never been one person who has said a bad thing about working with her or otherwise, so I’m not sure where the, “Sandy was always capable of giving twice as bad as Jesse could ever slime at her” comes from.

  16. Nah, nah & nah... says:

    @ searching4grace – Not once did I say or imply that everything he did was her fault. Nothing any man does is ever any woman’s “fault.” Please quote where I said that. What I said is she is no joke and he had to learn that the hard way.

    @ Turtledove – Ok. Let’s kinda bring it down a notch. I do not know either of them personally, but if it helps, “The Blindside” was filmed at my old high school, my 9th grade locker had a brief cameo and a number of friends and family members were xtras or had minor speaking parts in the movie. All say she was very nice and congenial (hee,hee) but is not to be tryed or tested. I did not get the “ballbuster” impression just from the tabloids and blogs; that came from sources with first-hand experience with her.

  17. Sue says:

    THe little guy is really cute but I don’t think I have ever seen a picture of him smiling or laughing…..

  18. the original bellaluna says:

    I still adore her and her cute little baby.

    I will say this: When I worked and was in a position of authority, I was not to be tried or tested, either. Sometimes co-workers (male and female) blur the line between “in charge” and “being a woman in charge.” Best way to handle it is be polite, respectful, and brook no argument about your authority.

    (It also works well when raising children.)

  19. original kate says:

    “I did not get the “ballbuster” impression just from the tabloids and blogs; that came from sources with first-hand experience with her.”

    nah nah & nah: did your locker tell you that?

    anyhoodle – did anyone actually know who jesse james was before he hooked up with sandra? seems like he was doing a alot of coat-tailing then and still is, considering he talks about sandra every chance he gets. too bad he & skank von D broke up, they were perfect together. as for louis, he does seem tiny but i don’t know anything about babies. he’s cute though, and they both seem happy and bonded.

  20. OriginalGracie says:

    @Pity: what you are talking about? I feel like we have hardly seen her at all and that is the reality as she is doing private things with her life and child.

    Sandy has to maintain a certain public image like ALL HOLLYWOOD STARS DO. Promote a movie, be seen at times. That is part of the job.

    Sandy is one of the nicest, most generous and well liked actresses around. She is good inside. I don’t think she has ever done even one thing to make people dislike her.

    Personally, I love her to pieces and wish her and Louis all the best in the world.

  21. Nah, nah & nah... says:

    @ original kate – The locker thing? True story, but meant to be a tongue-in-cheek comment speaking directly to folks who vigorously defend these people who they’ve never even been in the same area code with and get all of their info from the internet and rags, while those of us who can point to personal, first-hand sources and discussions for our statements are attacked for not personally knowing the celebs themselves. Seems a little hypocritical, no?

    PS – If my locker could talk…? Lol:-)

  22. OriginalGracie says:

    Ok all of you with the “Bad Sandra Stories Witnessed First Hand or By Your Very Best Friend”: let’s hear ‘em.

    Once and for all, no hinting around, give us some FACTS, dates, times, places, what was said, etc, etc. It’s not enough to just say, “wink/wink, she really isn’t so nice”.

    True stories or it didn’t happen.

  23. Annie says:

    While I have no first-hand account of Sandra I feel certain that d-bag Jesse would be more than forthcoming with “ball-buster” info if he had it.
    This is a guy who didn’t hesitate to compare his former wife and fiancé sex life.
    We didn’t hear relevant dirt cause there isn’t any….
    For me her silence in the face of his shameful oversharing is proof enough of her unimpeachable character.

  24. Nah, nah & nah... says:

    What are you all reading? Nobody ever said she wasn’t so nice. I said, she can give as well as she gets, meaning, if one tries to run over her, she will retaliate accordingly. Is that not what we’ve seen in the press? Has she not defended herself and bounced back better than ever? I never said, not once, that she’s mean and she goes after people and I have first hand knowledge of that. I never said, not once, that you shouldn’t rightfully like her and her perceived niceness.

    I like what I know about her. I think she’s a pretty good role model for women in Hollywood, comparatively speaking. I’m just not quite sure what you all are tripping on my comments for or about. What’s the real deal?

    @ OriginalGracie – So sorry, but to my knowledge, nobody I know kept a production diary for The Blindside shooting that they’d be interested in having quoted online. See, how you continue to keep working in that field in this state is that you observe those around you, leverage each job to get to the next one, comment to certain people at cocktails about your experience BUT don’t flat-out snitch until you’re subpoenead.

    Take my words for whatever you want, but I’m not in the business of “proving” blog opinions based on second-hand comments. If you feel they didn’t happen, that’s fine. But is it not a little strange that people who can’t even give you that much are freaking out at the mere mention that Sandra might just be, God forbid, assertive, and somebody I know may have witnessed that?

    I mean, exactly what are you guys getting your ideas from and why do you think mine are any less valid? This is why I don’t do the Anniston Comment Thing. Commenters get kinda creepy when you talk about their favorite celeb they’ve never had any contact with in a way that they don’t like.

    (Sorry CB. I said “Anniston” in a post. This thread is about to go to a whole ‘nother level now.)

  25. K-MAC says:

    CB, come on, give this woman a break, who cares if this is all staged. As you mentioned, she did weather one of the worst pubic humiliations I have ever seen and this is Hollywood, you HAVE to play the game even if only a little bit. As for the HATERS who keep asking “How could she have married him?” Really? Like you have not dated or married or been friends with someone who is so f*cked up that you cannot even tell how bad off they are until things fall apart. What this woman did was REMARKABLE. She said, “I’m out.” And she left. She did not “try” to make it work, make some excuse for her mess of an ex. She had the self respect to pick up her broken heart and her adorable baby and move on (hard as that was). I am loving SB for so many reasons. And whoever said she was ALWAYS nice, no one is and who cares….she handles her business, is funny when needed and serious when called for…love you Sandra Bullock

  26. INeedANap says:

    Y’all are all ignoring the biggest question:
    WHAT IS THE TRUTH WITH HER AND RR???

    Sandy, please tap that. He might be a bit too tongue-in-cheek, but the ScarJo taint has surely washed off! Girl, HIT THAT. Please. Sandyan (Ryandra?) 4evaaa!!!

  27. original kate says:

    “The locker thing? True story, but meant to be a tongue-in-cheek comment.”

    @ nah nah & nah: yes, i know, my locker comment was tongue in cheek as well. you say that you only called sandra assertive, but actually you called her a ballbuster who jerked her husband around. so which is it?

    also, your friends who were extras in “the blindside” aren’t exactly directors or wardrobe people, so what do you mean when you say “See, how you continue to keep working in that field in this state is that you observe those around you, leverage each job to get to the next one, comment to certain people at cocktails about your experience BUT don’t flat-out snitch until you’re subpoenead?” why would someone who was only an extra on a movie be subpoenaed about anything? i think you are trying to make yourself out to be on some hollywood inside track when you aren’t.

  28. bluhare says:

    @Truth Fairy/Nah Nah Nah: I agree with you. You don’t get to where she is in HOllywood without having a couple of sets of ball busters ready just in case.

    I’m sure she’s a really decent person, but I also think she’s a real pro at manipulating things so they go the way she wants. She just does it on her timetable and in her way. I said it when she adopted the baby; that for her to keep that under wraps for two months while hell broke loose around her, shows a level of manipulativeness that’s breathtaking. A new baby, and no one knew until she threw it out on the cover of People. Plus I never could figure out why award season would trump a new baby for someone who wanted one for so long.

    So she might be very nice, but she’s got skillz.

  29. Thea says:

    This is Hollywood. It is a machine and it has to be kept moving. Notice how the report said People ran the article with quotes from everybody from her..Media decides who is/and who isnt popular. Ex: Everytime Brad does something, they pull out you know who. When Jesse does something, they pull out Sandra. The media churns the gossip worse than a hen party. I like Sandra, she made a mistake, she moved on. Jesse, hasnt, and he cant. Plus he is a POS.

  30. Nah, nah & nah... says:

    @ original kate:

    Ok.

    1.) Here’s my quote: “This chick ain’t no joke and, if anything, schlub Jesse needs our sympathy ’cause his jerk self got jerked BACK beyond measure.”

    He jerked her and she jerked BACK. Are ballbusters not assertive? Is jerking back not asserting oneself? What is the semantic litmus test between assertive and ballbuster? Why is this even a semantic issue on a celebrity blog?

    I do not think he thought she would be able to jerk him back. I never said she intentionally, maliciously and proactively jerked him and I don’t think she ever would. However, I happen to think that, for PR purposes, he never thought she’d leave him like she did and be able to bounce back so quickly and so well. Who knows now? It’s all water under the bridge and NONE OF US KNOW THEM OR WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.

    2.) My state is fast becoming a film- making and tv destination, so in this economy when fulltime gigs are becoming scarcer, “Extra” is quickly becoming a pretty steady career for people in my area codes. You don’t have be any kind of insider or great talent to get these jobs, many know someone or someone who knows someone who gets these jobs so its not hard to hear casual conversations about on-set behavior. Publicly, you do have to be professional and discreet to continue to get these jobs. However, anyone who witnesses acts on a set that go to litigation can be subpeoned, that most certainly includes extras.

    3.) Let me go on record as saying that I am not, nor am I trying to portray myself as, how’d you say it?,”to be on some hollywood inside track.” I live in the deep south, am talking about what extras on a set have said and just talked about my high school locker, for goodness sakes.

    It is really just not that crucial. Believe me or not, sweetie, but misquoting me and trying to make me something I never professed to be serves no real purpose. This is a blog that likes discourse on the subjects they post. That’s all I’m ever doing when I post. I have no other agenda when I do that.

    Thanks for the discourse.:-)

  31. Christine says:

    Can I make a small request of the site? When referring to people’s children, they should be “so and so’s child,” period. Not “so and so’s adopted child.” Thank you. And Sandy looks gorgeous.

  32. Melinda says:

    @The Truth Fairy- I totally agree and always have.

  33. OriginalGracie says:

    @Nah, nah & nah…:I just wanted you to know that I was not attacking you or anyone in particular. I did not mean to pick on you at all. :)

    My point was I wanted to know the specifics from you or really anyone else as to some hard and reliable facts as to Sandy ever being less than gracious.

  34. Nah, nah & nah... says:

    @ OriginalGracie:

    Got it:-)

    Again, I’ve never heard of anything specific about her being untoward, but I was told on a number of occasions that when judgement calls on set needed to be made, her very clear and well-versed opinion usually won out. She supposedly did not bite her tongue to anybody about anything and interacted with most she had scenes with, no matter their rank on the totem pole.

    While this wouldn’t be out of the ordinary in that I think she also had some production responsibility as well, I thought it interesting that it resonated enough to become a topic of discussion by even the lowest level of folks who were on that set.

    Again, like @bluhare said above,
    ” I’m sure she’s a really decent person, but I also think she’s a real pro at manipulating things so they go the way she wants. She just does it on her timetable and in her way.”

    Everything I heard about that set in particular speaks to this being the case. And, I in no way view that as a bad thing – in Hollywood or Georgia. It certainly isn’t a bad trait to posses when one needs to dump an unhealthy marriage.

  35. OriginalGracie says:

    @Nah, nah & nah…: That is very interesting. I can see her being forceful and doing it the way she thinks is right. I guess it would be very much like the character that she played in that movie: assertive and always able to speak up and give her viewpoint.

    As far as dumping the “unhealthy” marriage, I can’t agree more! I myself cannot even imagine finding out my husband is such a self-involved asshole and lowlife scumbag. How she was able to remove herself and at least seem to rise above that is absolutely amazing.

    I guess she figured Jesse would do himself in with his big fat stupid mouth and idiotic behavior. And what do you know? He did!

  36. Kosmos says:

    Oh, yes, she’s authentic and great….she’s never been the type to flaunt herself like some starlets. We really like Sandra overall and she’s a great actress to boot. She just picked a bad guy to hook up with, a very bad guy…now that she’s had to make that adjustment and then bringing baby Louis into her life, things are indeed different, yet she will still be the same person we love to see on the screen. More power to you, Sandra!!

  37. Annie says:

    @ bluhare my read on the ability to keep the adoption of Louis Private is less manipulation of her pr and more being surrounded by loyal friends and family.
    From my admitted limited viewpoint, the more manipulative the celebrity the more prevalent the “sources” and unintended leaks…

  38. original kate says:

    @ nah nah & nah: i did not misquote you – i actually copied & pasted exactly what you said. unlike you, i never said i knew anything about sandra bullock personally. i have no real opinion on her other than she’s a decent actress and seems like a nice enough person. i do admire the way she handled herself during her divorce.

    that’s all – nothing personal.

  39. CHRISTIAN_GIRL says:

    That’s Interesting, If you are talking about Trevor Neilson, you should read about him. He is no PUBLICIST. Show some respect, the man has done nothing to warrant this. Goodness, there was a time when we cared for philanthropy, now it is lumped in with trying to gain favor. WHY? WHEN? That won’t change any opinion if you have a not so hidden agenda. All parties are smart enough to know that.

    Pick another subject and back off Trevor Neilson. That’s unfair to him and for no reason.

  40. Emily says:

    I’d much rather have Sandra Bullock shoved down my throat as America’s Sweetheart than Jennifer Aniston.

  41. Tiffany says:

    @ Christine. Thank you for saying it. These are their children, no matter how they came to be. I am a little surprised that CB typed that.

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