Sandra Bullock’s message to girls: be unique, don’t try to fit in

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I’m doing this one because I know Sandra Bullock is beloved in many quarters around here. Sandra is doing a few interviews to promote the DVD release of The Proposal, her hit summer film with Ryan Reynolds and Bette White. While Sandy was talking to Fox News’ Pop Tarts, she was asked about the message of her other summer film All About Steve (costarring Bradley Cooper), which bombed at the box office.

Sandra has talked about the “message” of All About Steve before, using very similar language. So similar, I think Fox News has combined some old quotes from Sandy’s interview with Parade a few months ago with a new interview. In Parade, Sandra told the interviewer: “Why is it that men are called ‘unique’ and ‘eccentric’ and ‘mavericks’ when they’re different, but women are labeled as ‘odd’ or just plain ‘weird?’ It’s about being unconventional and being true to who you are. Not fitting in often means you’re really standing out. If I can do anything in this time of my career, it’s to make it easier for girls who are growing up not to feel they have to wind up with someone to complete them. You know, I complete me. I’m just lucky that after I completed myself, I met someone who could tolerate me.” Sandra had some new stuff to say to Fox, you just have to get through the older quotes:

Sandra Bullock played the sexually pent-up, over-informed nerd Mary in the comedy “All About Steve,” and the experience of being ridiculed onscreen made her remember her own childhood difficulties.

“Why is that young boys and men are unique and eccentric and mavericks when they’re different but women are ‘odd’ when we are eccentric or different? Would I have wished someone would have said to me when I was 12 or eight when I had my speech impediment? Uniqueness is something my mother pounded it into me,” Bullock recently told Tarts. “She said be unique and I didn’t understand it then, now I look at it and I go I wouldn’t want to be like anyone else and I know I’m off. I had a lisp as a child, it’s all these things that made me different and I tried to squelch and then once I realized I had squelched them I didn’t feel like myself anymore.”

Bullock is so upset with the unwritten rules and regulations in today’s world she wants to spread a strong message to young girls.

“Don’t change, be who you are. Society is really strong in their opinions so I made peace with the fact that the things I thought were weaknesses or flaws were just me,” she added.

“Why are we forcing people to follow another person’s path in life taking away their real happiness? What is about us that is a culture that tries to get rid of what we consider the runt? Sometimes the runt turns out to be the best of the litter.”

Meanwhile Bullock’s co-star, man-of-the-moment Bradley Cooper, played coy when it came to questions about his personal life and romantic affiliations with the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Renee Zellweger.

“My imaginary personal life,” Cooper said. “There is a lot other worse things that could be happening than (the press) talking about stuff like that.”

Bullock, on the other hand, was quick to reveal what it is that has Hollywood hotties falling at their feet for Mr. Cooper.

“Innocent yet not. There is a real innocence to Bradley and a kindness. He is a girls’ guy and a guy’s guy,” she said. “He will come hang out with all of us girls. Then you forget he is there as a guy. Not in a bad way, in a very good way. He is very attractive to the ladies it’s a nice balance to have. No wonder all the girls are crazy about him.”

[From Fox News Pop Tarts]

Aw, I had a little lisp when I was a kid too. It still comes out when I’m drunk, tired or excited and not paying attention. Just some softening of the “S”. She sells seashells by the seashore. That was my Iwo Jima, that one. I also had problems with “hiss”. Or, as I used to say it, “hith”. Anyway, I totally love what Sandra is saying, and I hope more parents do teach their little girls that it’s totally cool and great to be unique and weird and special and say “hith” damn it.

Here’s Sandra in London on July 2nd. Images thanks to WENN.com .

 

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  1. karen says:

    I really like her. She sounds like a cool chick. BTW, her film “All about Steve” was not a huge bomb for a rom-com. It made over $30 million. And, with terrible reviews, too. It could’ve done much worse than that.

  2. pickelhaube says:

    I love her, I think she is so beautiful and she seems like a genuinely cool, sweet, down-to-Earth person. However, I cannot understand what she sees in that repulsive Jesse James. But I guess if she’s happy and it works for her, awesome. I just don’t understand it.

  3. Juice In LA says:

    Someone asked her if there was a message in “All about Steve”?? Wow. If I were the celeb being asked that question, my answer would be: “My message is that if you get an offer to start along side the leading man du jour, for a couple million and a cut of the net profits, you should NOT care that you are gonna play a bat-shix crazy chick, and people should take (air quote)messages(end air quote) a lot less seriously”.

    its probably why I am not a celeb.

  4. Shari Brock says:

    Gorgeous woman! Very real, sincere, and an approachable nature. This is an excellent message to send out to young girls, I only wish more celebrities would adopt it.

  5. ligeia says:

    ahh yes, lets preach about acceptance of uniqueness and personality before moving on to bash some unfortunate starlets for having a nose 2 millimeters bigger than “the ideal” or bashing an older woman for looking her age and having wrinkles. an excellent message to young girls indeed…pity it will be lost amidst the sea of jealousy, insecurity and celebrity bashing.

  6. Firestarter says:

    I like her. Always have. She seems very nice and down to earth.

  7. lrm says:

    um,she doesn’t play unique roles-in fact she furthers the stereotypes in her romantic comedies…although i think she is a great comedic actress,and wish she would do something more bernadette peters-ish in her roles…
    BUT,is she saying that ‘runt’= ‘unique’…cuz,um,that does not make a whole lot of sense….

    also,the runt was not ‘gotten rid of’ by society-lol-the runt,biologically speaking-would die b/c the mother could not take care of all of her pups or babes,and would leave one behind-honestly,that is survival of the fittest,and it’s animal in origin.[well,the mother would not spend extra time caring for the runt-those babes either needed to fight for their milk,keep up,or be left behind.]

    in fact,survival is what makes humans inclined to follow a pack mentality.

    i’m sure her quotes were pieced togehter-but lately she has gotten a bit self righteous and very simplistic in her ‘sound bytes’.

    bored. next.

  8. Vermithrax says:

    Always dug her. She’s awesome.

  9. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Because diversity is awesome if we all do it together.

  10. Nicole says:

    Love, love, love her. Her and her hubby, JJ, make such a nice couple too.

  11. Stephie says:

    I think she’s great. I read an interview she gave a while back where she said she didn’t want to do the same kind of movies over and over and wanted more diversity. (think this was around the time Two Weeks Notice Came out) I like that she’s played a variety of roles (and one, twice Miss Congeniality) but think some characters have been similar. Maybe that’s just her real (awesome) personality shining through though.

  12. CadieBelle says:

    LOVE Sandra but – how can she say this when she has had soooo much plastic surgery lately and constantly laments on how she has to starve herself to continue to get roles? Says one thing – does another

  13. Florence says:

    I think it is sad that people are so into her thing, would you want people in yours?
    I hope everything works out for her whatever she does, my prayers are with her, her Mom is watching from heaven to guide her. Be strong Sandra

  14. I have always enjoyed watching S. Bullock in her movies. Thanks for the post!

  15. McKenzie says:

    Are you kidding me with that Misogynist’s high priced attorney? The press is actually culpable because they dug too deep into his personal life? What a joke!! Sandra, he just lost the best gift life could have ever given him!! I’m so sorry for all that you are going through, emotionally, privately and publically. While no one wants their personal life out there for everyone to see, please take a little bit of comfort in the fact that the entire world is behind YOU!!

  16. virilityex says:

    I wish her all the very best. The sun will rise and shine again on such an accomplished actor.

  17. Darla McCann says:

    What Sandra has been saying about why she picked little Louie in simple terms. What does it mean to be adopted???It means that Louie just grew in her heart instead of her tummy.