Actress Sandra Bullock recently opened up about being a parent to her two adopted African-American children in a “Red Table Talk” interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris.
The 57-year-old icon won multiple accolades within her career, including the Academy Award and Golden Globe Awards. Bullock was among the highest-paid actresses in the industry.
SANDRA BULLOCKS’ UNIQUE FAMILY
Many also admired Bullock as a proud mother of two adopted children, Louis and Laila. The award-winning actress has made headlines for years because of her unique family. She said in a 2018 interview with “Today” show host, Hoda Kotb:
“There are hundreds of thousands of children that are ready to be your child. You’re a forever parent the minute you accept the love of that child.”
Louise and Laila are African-American. Bullock first adopted Louis, 12, from New Orleans in 2010, while she welcomed ten-year-old Laila in 2015 after living in foster care in Louisiana.
Sandra Bullock attends the New York Special Screening Of The Netflix Film “Bird Box” on December 17, 2018 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images
The “Miss Congeniality” actress is in love with her adoptive children. She described Louis as sensitive, kind, and wise. Bullock noted that the little boy possessed leadership skills as well.
She said Louis was the one who led her to adopt Laila. Bullock noted her little girl was the complete opposite of Louis, describing Laila as a fearless girl and a young fighter.
The doting mom believed that her little girl would accomplish so many things and bring change in the future. When she welcomed Laila, she said it was destiny that the little girl ended up in her family.
Sandra Bullock arrives to “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 17, 2018 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images
The “Our Brand is Crisis” actress believed that her children came in when she needed them the most. She hoped that people would realize that they can uniquely be a parent through her inspiring story.
The beautiful star has become inspired at work since having her adoptive children. In a 2019 interview, Bullock said she dedicated her 2018 thriller movie “Bird Box” to Laila and Louis.
The Arlington, Virginia native played a role of a mother in the 2018 film who did heroic and sacrificial acts for her children. Like the hit movie, Bullock said she would do anything to protect Louis and Laila.
Sandra Bullock attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. | Photo: Getty Images
The acclaimed actress said Laila and Louis were her first thought in the morning and her last thought at night. She also called to her adoptive children her “world.”
Meanwhile, in a 2020 interview with Jennifer Aniston, Bullock opened up about her plans to raise her adoptive children. While most parents want their kids to live an independent life, Bullock said she wants to raise Laila and Louis in a safe place close to her.
Sandra Bullock and son Louis at the 70th Venice International Film Festival on August 27, 2013 in Venice, Italy. | Photo: Getty Images
A RELUCTANT MOTHER
Bullock seemed reluctant to let her adoptive kids live outside their bubble because of prejudices around them. The “Speed” actress recently also opened up about her struggles of raising Black children.
She told the “Friends” actress that she gave Louis and Laila potential places to live when they go to college soon. The doting mom also offered her adoptive kids three colleges they would want to enter in the future.
Sandra Bullock attends the “Gravity” premiere and oOpening ceremony of The 70th Venice International Film Festival on August 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy. | Photo: Getty Images
RAISING AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN
In the “Red Table Talk” interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Bullock stated that she wished to have the same skin color as her adopted children. She said to the show hosts:
“To say that I wished our skins matched… sometimes I do.”
Bandfield-Norris and Pinkett-Smith agreed to Bullock’s statement. Having the same skin color as Laila and Louis would make approaching them easier said, Bullock.
Sandra Bullock and son Louis walking at the streets of Manhattan on March 20, 2011 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images
Along with Bandfield-Norris and Pinkett-Smith in the interview was Pinkett-Smith’s daughter, Willow. When discussing the mother-daughter dynamics, Willow commented that skin color should not be a factor.
Bullock cut in and replied to Willow that she hopes that people judging based on color will not happen. She also wished that the people would “see with different eyes.”
In 2015, Bullock revealed to Glamour Magazine feeling anxious about Louis’s future because of racism. According to the actress, she wanted her son to feel safe; and not be judged for the man he would become, regardless of his skin color.
The “Hope Floats” actress made a rare public appearance with Laila on “Red Table Talk” for a Mother’s Day special, where she described her adoptive daughter as a superhero that would save her family.
Before Bullock adopted Laila and Louis, she had an unhappy marriage. The veteran actress previously tied the knot with “Monster Garage” star James Jesse in 2005, but they divorced in 2010 over a cheating rumor.
Jesse had an alleged affair with tattoo model Michelle McGee which hit the tabloids. He apologized for the incident, but Bullock announced that she would retain sole custody of Louis.
Sandra Bullock signs autographs at Comic-Con São Paulo on December 9, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. | Photo: Getty Images
ANOTHER CHANCE AT LOVE
The “All About Steve” actress found another chance at love through photographer and model Bryan Randall five years after divorcing Jesse. Bullock called her new boyfriend the “love of [her] life.”
The “two weeks notice” actress noted that her love life and family are the best things that happened to her.
As their relationship has been smooth-flowing, Bullock has thoroughly enjoyed her time with Randall. Having her little family around her handsome beau has worked for her.
Sandra Bullock arrives on red carpet of the premiere of “The Proposal” at the El Capitan Theatre on June 1, 2009 in Hollywood, California.| Photo: Getty Images
Like Bullock, Randall also has a child from a previous relationship, Skylar Staten. The talented actress’s special relationship with her boyfriend has freed her from being pressured to remarry.
The “Two Weeks Notice” actress noted that her love life and family are the best things that happened to her. She said she does not need a paper to become a devoted partner and mother.
Bullock also shared a piece of advice with other couples who still haven’t tied the knot. She said while couples wait for the time to get married, they should first prioritize the well-being of their children.
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