By Noel De Souza posted Aug 9th 2013 at 6:00AM
Share via Whatsapp
Photographer: Rob Griffith
The Heat, Sandra Bullock's latest film is a hilarious comedy in the vein of male buddy films. For instance, take The Odd Couple and insert two female characters instead-Sandra Bullock and the very funny Melisa McCarthy playing an FBI agent and cop, respectively. Both are at opposite ends of the spectrum and are yet forced to work together. This situation lends itself to a cleverly-timed comedy. As I waited for Sandra Bullock at a hotel in New York, she walked into the room wearing an Etro pencil dress with strappy Bottega Veneta sandals. With her hair falling below her shoulders, Bullock looked lovely.
A buddy movie with two women-you rarely see that on film. Was it a conscious decision on your part to do this film?
When I was producing films, I always did fun and crazy things on film.
Do you have a certain philosophy that you live by?
Don't fight everything-it is what it is. Go with the flow and if you don't like the accident that's happened in front of you, walk around it.
Being an actress means image is everything and clothes are very important in defining that image. Can you name five of your favourite pieces of clothing from your closet? What do you usually wear everyday?
My favourite pieces are the ones that I don't wear on an average day, because they're the great pieces that you wear when men's scripts that aren't being made and let's just change the names; we need people to break the ground for others to follow. So, yes, it was a conscious decision to do this film and I hope there will be more to follow.
How do you keep in shape; do you have an exercise and diet regimen?
I've been an athlete since childhood. So, sometimes, I rely on my body a lot more than it's able to execute. But, I love it! I'm always training or doing some form of exercise four or five times a week; I just feel restless if I don't. And when you have a three-year-old who runs a lot, who is hanging off things, you'd better get up and do your training, so you can keep up with him! That's basically my lifestyle now. As for diet, I love food, but I eat well; the best thing to do is to have fun and be active all the time. I know that I feel better when I'm that way, and that in itself allows me to do you want to dress up. I have eight pieces from Etro and they hang in the closet because they're not appropriate to wear while dropping a child off at preschool. So, I open the closet and look at them. But my favourite pieces are my jeans, t-shirt and sweater. I put my hair up in a bun and go to school and that's pretty much what you would see me in on a daily basis. I try to avoid the sweatpants.
Speaking of fashion, is it something that still interests you or is it irrelevant?
Fashion will always be relevant, no matter how much you say that it's not. It's something playful, something to dream and aspire to. You may have beautiful clothes; whether or not you get to wear them in real life is another question. I get to throw on my dresses few and far between. I love well made things, I love couture, I love looking at the runway wondering how McQueen constantly creates art, a spectacle, a show and something that makes you wonder how the craftsmen put it together. So, I love the whole world of couture and runways, but it's not applicable to life. I'm the person who has her closet full of clothes and shoes and still has absolutely nothing to wear. Even though I have several bags with tags on them, I still have nothing to wear! I think that that's a universal problem for most women-we can never have enough black dresses, cute black flats or sandals.
What are the positive things that motherhood has afforded you? What is your day like when you are not working?
Every day is with him, every moment is with him. I don't go anywhere unless it's a quick, short trip. Otherwise, it's not fair to him. On a typical day, I get up at the crack of dawn, make lunch, go to school, manage to have two hours to myself, clean something, work out, go back to pick him up from school, take him to swim class and by then, I am exhausted. And still, it's the best day ever! Even though I'm exhausted, it's for a really good reason because there's no stone left unturned.
So what do you wear when you go to bed?
A smile and my birthday suit... No, I'm kidding! I have terribly oversized cheetah pajamas that are actually men's cheetah flannel pajamas. My son thinks they're brilliant because I look like a very large cheetah entering his room. It's sad but true. They are easy to manoeuvre around in. If you get something on them, you don't panic and you know they're appropriate to be in around a small child. Really cute, slinky things just don't suit my lifestyle.
What have been your biggest achievements in your personal and professional life?
The biggest achievement in work is the fact that I am still getting work and doing things that no one in their right mind would ever consider doing. I wanted to do a two hander cop comedy. I thought of it and somehow, it happened. I have always wanted to work with director Alfonso Cuarón. For years, the joke was, "I have a script, do you think Alfonso will do it?" And then, I got to do Gravity with him and it was an extraordinary experience. Ever since I was a child, if I dreamed of things, they would somehow happen. So, my greatest achievement is that I'm still here and still afforded the luxury of working with artists that I am amazed by on a daily basis. I take that very personally and it spills over into my personal life. I get to dream things and they happen, and now, I get to share this with a little person (my son). I want him to know that there are no boundaries. I want him to grow up wanting, dreaming, being excited and not being afraid to work. So, my greatest achievement is that I get to share this with the most beautiful human being that I have ever met.
You seem to have achieved a balance between work and family life and you don't go overboard. How do you relax?
I appreciate you thinking that I don't go overboard...because, I have a shoe closet that would say something else! But it's a good question. I'm learning to make time for myself. For instance, if I have a week of interviews, I take a day or two off and have an adventure with my son. I have also learned to take time out for myself when he is asleep. Now that he goes to sleep at an hour that is not ungodly, I have two free hours and I don't know what to with myself! I do the laundry…exciting, ah? I'm slowly learning how to relax and it feels good.
You have bought and renovated your new home. Do you have time for travel; if you do, where do you go?
I've been making him travel ever since he was a small baby and he is the most amazing traveller. He will sit on a 14-hour flight and go to any country-he's so free and so fun! He's fearless, so that makes me want to travel with him more, because I want to show him places and things that I got to see as a child and took for granted. Today, I see the magic in them. As far as renovating my house is concerned, there's never a moment in my life where there is not a project with ripped down walls and windows. I'm living in one right now and I love it because now, my son also loves it. He gets to see the construction crew show up and wants to know why a worker is doing what he's doing. We'll then go over to him and he'll teach him why something is done a certain way which has resulted in him appreciating hard work that results in something beautiful when it's done. My life too has gotten better because I see it through his eyes.
Which are the countries that you'd like him to visit?
There are so many great exotic places. I'd love to go to Africa, New Zealand and definitely South Africa-these are places that I selfishly want to visit. But I know that he gets excited about certain environments and things and so, those will be the places that we will go to.
What does time mean to you?
I'm so aware of time because it's going by so quickly. I have a monitor in my house where I see every single day, and it's going so fast that it scares me, because, I don't want to miss anything.
Has Louis ever told you that he'd like to have a sibling; if he did, what would you say?
Louis is around so many kids all the time that he's not asked me. If he does, I'd tell him to pick the one he can live with for the rest of his life.
What is your ultimate luxury?
You're not going to believe this, but it's eating Gummy Bears! I was brought up on them and just can't get enough of them. That and renovating houses-I just love buying and renovating home and love the construction site. That is a luxury for me!
Sep 17th 2013 at 6:00AM
Jul 30th 2013 at 1:01PM
Sep 6th 2013 at 6:00AM
Signup to our weekly newsletter