Sandra Bullock: Who would think that I would still be working at this point?

Sandra Bullock gave a quick interview to The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet at The Unforgivable premiere, which they’re just reporting now. She praised Netflix for giving her work and for helping tell stories that weren’t covered on major networks or American movies before the rise of streaming. She also said that she really didn’t expect to be working as a woman at 57. It sounded like she told it in a joking way but that she meant it. That just makes me sad. Here’s some of what she said.

Netflix confirmed in recent days that viewers spent enough time with The Unforgivable for it to claim a spot in the top 10 most watched titles in the streamer’s history. But you won’t catch Bullock poring over the data.

“You can’t, you can’t,” she told The Hollywood Reporter of obsessing over its value at The Unforgivable premiere in December. But what she will do is praise Netflix for employing talent of a certain age. “They’re good to artists. They’re good to filmmakers. If it wasn’t for Netflix, a lot of people wouldn’t be working. Their stories wouldn’t be told. Who would think that me, as a woman, would still be working at this point? I would have been out in the cow pasture. It’s true.”

Jokes aside, the 57-year-old actress-producer continued that hits like Squid Game wouldn’t happen without the power of Netflix. “That’s one of the bigger ones, but I’ve seen more work from other countries told by other nationalities, and we never would have had that 10 years ago, ever. It brings people together in a way that really, you know, we’re getting more and more divided and yet, we have the streamers that are able to blend our stories together and go, look, same story, just different.”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

This is Sandra Bullock, an incredibly talented and universally beloved Oscar winner, just assuming she’s not going to get work after a certain age and being grateful that Netflix has hired her. Imagine being in an industry gatekeeped by creepy old white men where you’re washed up at 40. The more I learn about that Hollywood, the more toxic, sexist and racist it sounds. Things are changing gradually as we have so many more venues for filmmakers and actors, but it’s not soon enough.

I honestly haven’t seen The Unforgivable yet as my attention span is shot (see this article), but I saw Sandra on Kimmel a few weeks ago and she was delightful. The Unforgivable does not have a great Rotten Tomatoes rating, but I’ve heard good things about it, particularly Sandra and Viola Davis’s performances.

The Lost City, with Channing Tatum and Sandra, is coming out on March 25th in theaters. I’ll VOD it because it looks awesome. Also, I just googled it and a Bird Box 2 is happening! I will watch that although the original hits different now, you know? We have no idea if Sandra is interested or when it will be released.



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  1. drea says:

    I’m just stuck on…57????!!!! Wow. She looks spectacular.

  2. Lady Luna says:

    I saw the movie and it was amazing, the plot twist in the end was something I did not see coming. She was great.

    • Sarah says:

      Ooh I love a plot twist, maybe I’ll give it a go. Thanks.

    • Léna says:

      Honestly saw the plot twist coming from a mile away but it was still great. She was really good in her role. Such a shame Viola Davis had such a small part!

  3. Mina_Esq says:

    I think Sandy is to Netflix what Mariah Carey is to Carpool Karaoke – she signalled to other big Hollywood stars that it was OK (ie not below them) to partner with the streamer. I remember how surprised I was that she was in Birdbox.

    • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

      I forgot that she the first A-lister (or close to the first) to sign up for a movie distributed solely on a streaming service.

  4. KBeth says:

    She seems like such a lovely person. I didn’t love Unforgivable the way most people did but her performance was solid, she always delivers.

  5. Bettyrose says:

    Hollywood is dead to me. Movie theaters are dead to me. I watch on streaming only. Hollywood doesn’t cater to me and streaming does. The endless jokes about women at home watching the murder shows. That’s me. But for whatever reason, from Olivia Coleman to Kate Winslet the murder shows are fronted by badass women and feature excellent setting and character development.

  6. Abby says:

    Love Sandra bullock forever! This purple outfit is perfect.

    I personally am very excited to watch The Lost City. It looks really funny and I’ll never turn down a chance to watch Channing Tatum OR Sandra bullock!

  7. Common sense says:

    The fact that the unforgivable made it to the top ten list of Netflix is a testament of Sandra Bullock’s star power. It wasn’t a super hero movie but it pulled in a lot of viewers and it also starred a woman.

  8. withtheamerican says:

    I love her. She spit in Hollywood’s eye as the lead of that space movie that made so much money.

    I remember specifically working on a film and a producer made some comment about a GORGEOUS over 35 year old actress saying she’s disgusting and no one wants to look at an old lady. Let alone could they carry a film. These clowns don’t even think women can carry a film in their 20s.

    I love streaming, we can pick what we want to see and it’s not all about catering to 19 year old boys.

    • FHMom says:

      Ugh to your comment about the over 35 actress. That’s gross. I love Sandra, also, and I’m all about streaming. I’m glad somebody is making movies that represent everyone. I think that’s why I like watching British tv shows. I have no idea what their budgets are, but I swear some of the actresses look like they do their own hair, and I love that.

  9. Kat says:

    That purple suit is fire! Can’t believe SB is 57, she looks late 40s to me.

  10. jferber says:

    Love her! She’s in one of my favorite comedies, The Heat, with Melissa McCarthy. Laugh out loud funny, but so underrated. I’ve seen many performances of hers and liked them all.

    • K says:

      I am so with you. Watched The Heat last wknd needing some serious laugh therapy. It’s one of rh funniest movies I have seen. Sandra and Melissa killed that movie.

    • E.D says:

      Love ‘The Heat’!
      Such a funny movie, but then I’ll watch anything with Sandra Bullock or Melissa McCarthy in it TBH.
      Both actresses do brilliant physical comedy too.
      Sandy B in ‘The Proposal’ with the little white dog Kevin, makes me LOL every time.

  11. ssb says:

    Our new Betty White.

  12. Kkat says:

    My favorite movie of all time is Practical Magic
    I have watch that so so many times.

  13. Surly Gale says:

    I recently re-watched ‘The Net’ and was again blown away with how dead on it still seems.
    Also, The Heat truly is a funny, funny movie and I enjoyed both women as they tackled their respective roles with passion and it seemed like they had great fun together both on and off screen.

  14. Yep says:

    Didn’t like Bird Box but The Lost City looks really funny! I’m so, so, so picky with movies these days and I don’t binge watch or stream series but might catch The Lost City at some point. I’m staying away from apocalyptic, dread-filled, or any “negative-mood” stuff for good, so an exaggerated comedy like this looks appealing.