Sandra Bullock certainly dealt with her fair share of ups and downs over the past two years. Shortly after winning an Oscar for her outstanding performance in The Blind Side, the actress put her career on hold to focus on her adopted son Louis and deal with her divorce to Jesse James (after discovering he had affairs with multiple women). But thankfully, Bullock is ready to return to the spotlight and will once again grace the silver screen in the 9/11 based film, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. So what exactly convinced the starlet to get back to work?
Bullock addressed the matter at a Sunday press conference in New York City and admitted she felt the break from work was necessary at the time. One reporter even asked the star if she ever considered leaving her profession altogether after becoming a single mom, to which she responded, “I wasn’t thinking about any of that. I was just so happy being a mom. I’m still very happy being a mom. That just shifted and became my full priority.”
But Extremely Loud’s director, Stephen Daldry, finally compelled Bullock to get back in front of the cameras — thanks not only to the movie’s heart-wrenching plot, but to Daldry’s willingness to accommodate the single mom’s schedule. Bullock explained, “Whatever next opportunity that I was given had to be an amazing opportunity for myself and for my son. So we had a great time. It was no longer being a selfish actress having a moment. I wanted to have an amazing time with [Louis] and myself, and fortunately, Mr. Daldry presented that. In every possible way, it was the best!”
The movie’s subject matter also holds a special significance with the actress, since she witnessed the events of that tragic day. She said, “I was there and I saw it. I saw the second plane. I saw the people. I saw people helping people, and that to me is what resonates about the city of New York,” adding, “So I have so many memories and emotions of it.”
I think moviegoers worldwide can agree with me in saying — we’re happy to have Sandra back!