Of all the roles she has ever portrayed, that of a mother seems to be the most important one for Oscar-winning actress and producer Sandra Bullock.
In a recent interview with ET, Bullock revealed she would be taking a break from the entertainment industry after The Lost City, at least for now, in order to be “in the place that makes [her] happiest.”
Now, the 57-year-old actress is getting candid about her decision.
Bullock became a mother later in life. She adopted son Louis in 2010 and daughter Laila in 2015.
As she was heading to her forties, Bullock believed she would never be a mother, but after Hurricane Katrina struck, she experienced an epiphany and said that something deep inside her told her her children were in New Orleans. She traveled there and started a process of adoption. It took four years before Louis became her child, but the waiting was worth it.
“I looked at him and said, ‘Oh, there you are.’ It’s like he’d always been there. He fit in the crook of my arm, he looked me in the eyes, and he was just wise,” she said of the time she laid eyes on her son.
Laila was adopted some years later. The little girl ended up in the foster system early in life and at the age of 2 and a half, she had already changed three different homes. That experience made her scared and prevented her from trusting people. Dealing with Laila’s trauma took some time, but Bullock was willing to go above and beyond for her daughter’s well-being. Before fostering her daughter, The Proposal star took classes designed to teach her how to raise a child that had been traumatized, as Laila had been.
Speaking to ET of her decision to take some time off work, Bullock said, “I take my job very seriously when I’m at work. And I just want to be 24/7 with my babies and my family. That’s where I’m gonna be for a while.”
“I don’t want to be beholden to anyone’s schedule other than my own,” she told the mag. “I’m so burnt out. I’m so tired, and I’m so not capable of making healthy, smart decisions. And I know it.”
Explaining her desire to establish a life outside of acting, the actress told The Hollywood Reporter, “Work has always been steady for me, and I’ve been so lucky. I realized it possibly was becoming my crutch. It was like opening up a fridge all the time and looking for something that was never in the fridge.”
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