I remember hearing at one point that Sandra Bullock wasn’t the first choice for the lead in The Blind Side, but for some reason, I never really thought about it. It turns out that Julia Roberts was the first actress approached for the role that ended up winning Sandra Bullock her first best actress Oscar. Ha! Can you even imagine that? You read that script and you’re like, “This sucks, I’m going to say no!” and it ends up winning someone else an Oscar? That wasn’t the first time for Julia, either. She was the first actress who was supposedly approached for Shakespeare In Love, if memory serves. And that won Gwyneth Paltrow her Oscar too! Anyway, long story short, Julia is now totally like “That bitch Sandra Bullock is stealing my thunder.” Team Bullock:
She’s an Oscar-winning actress with three children and a happy marriage, but Julia Roberts still regrets one thing she gave up.
“Julia can’t help but feel upset that she had the chance to be in The Blinde Side, and turned it down,” an insider tells In Touch. Not only did Julia pass on the role that won Sandra Bullock an Oscar, she was also replaces by Sandra in The Proposal after she refused to lower her salary. Sandra did take the pay cut, but her backend bonuses ended up making her Hollywood’s highest-paid actress. (Sandra earned $56 million in 2009; Julia made $20 million.)
Julia’s new movie, Eat, Pray, Love, has helped re-stoke her acting ambitions – Julia said as much in a interview: “I was proud that my passion was still vibrant in me.”
An insider says: “Julia’s a mom first, but she still wants to be the biggest female star in the world.”
[From In Touch Weekly, print edition]
I doubt that Julia “still wants to be the biggest female star in the world” because in Julia’s mind, she’s still right there. Nevermind that Eat, Pray, Love is the first film she’s had to carry as a true lead in more than five years – in Julia’s mind, she’s still the biggest, most important, most special STAR in the world. Nevermind that another generation has come in, and they don’t really give a crap about Julia’s big horse laugh. And I love that Sandra’s best career year ever was achieved by simply saying “yes” to whatever Julia said “no” to. Julia was all “I won’t do it until I get MORE MONEY.” And Sandra was like, “Oh, a funny script, sure, I’ll take a pay cut because I believe in this project. But, yes, let‘s discuss the backend.” And once again, this has become Sandra Bullock’s master class in how to do business. They should teach a seminar: What I Learned From Watching Sandy.