19 Facts About Sandra Bullock Fans Likely Didn't Know

Sarah Kester
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Don't believe what Sandra Bullock says about her career being over if it weren't for Netflix — her career is always thriving.

This is thanks, in large part, to her long history of being America's Sweetheart. She's appeared in countless iconic films, like Miss Congeniality and Speed. Her personal life is something to write about, as she's one of the most generous celebs around, and she's even overcome tragedy.

Come learn more facts here!

She worked a lot of odd jobs before becoming an actress

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This includes a coat checker, bartender, and cocktail waitress in the '90s. Her big break came when she was cast in the 1994 movie, Speed.

She and Jennifer Aniston dated the same man

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This was Tate Donovan, or "Josh-ua" like Rachel from Friends liked to call his character.

The two actresses were even introduced because of Tate, as he and Sandra were engaged after meeting on the set of the 1992 film, Love Potion No. 9. After they broke up, he dated Jen for three years.

Her beauty secret is hemorrhoid cream

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Say, whaaat? If you ever wondered how the Miss Congeniality star manages to stay so young, she revealed that she applies hemorrhoid cream under her eyes to prevent fine lines.

She has two adopted children

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She's the proud mom of Louis Bardo and Laila. She raises them with her longtime boyfriend, photographer Bryan Randall.

She, too, struggles with parenting in this modern world

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If you thought Sandra wasn't like other moms, think again. She struggles with raising her kids during a time when screens are everywhere.

"I look at everyone who is trying to raise kids, and I go, 'How are we supposed to raise children outside of a bubble?" Bullock told Interview Magazine.

She doesn't believe in giving her children Christmas presents

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Before you call her the Grinch, hear out her reasoning.

“We just stopped because there’s so much happening in the world where people don’t have anything. And we said, ‘Why don’t we just make this about other people?’ And they were amazing about it," she told People.

She's extremely philanthropic

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While she doesn't give gifts to her kids, she does give millions of dollars to charities over the years, like when she donated $100,000 to the Humane Society of Ventura Country. Or when she donated $400,000 to the American Red Cross in their fight against the California wildfires.

She once had a terrifying encounter with her stalker

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The actress has said that she's still "unraveling" from the terrifying encounter she had with her stalker, Joshua James Corbett, in 2014.

After he broke into her Hollywood Hills home in the middle of the night, she was forced to hide in her closet as she called the police.

After he was arrested, it turned out that he had been stalking Bullock for days.

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Even though Corbett died by suicide during a stand-off with police in 2018, she had said that she still suffers from PTSD.

“I would look left out of a car. Not right. I would look left, and I would start sobbing,” she said.

She speaks German

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Since the actress has a German mother and she spent the majority of her childhood in Germany, she picked up the language pretty quickly.

She loves to surprise people with it in interviews!

She breaks the law every Christmas

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In keeping with her German roots, the actress isn't afraid to break the law now and again.

While on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, she said that her family smuggles German sausages across the country.

She helped launch George Lopez's career

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It was her production company, Fortis Filks, that produced the long-running sitcom, George Lopez. This happened after Bullock noticed his potential and pushed to have him as the show's lead.

She has a scar next to her left eye

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See if you can notice it in pictures of her. She got the scar when he was a child and fell into a lake and hit her head on a rock.

She made movie history in 2010

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She was the first actress to win both an Oscar and a Razzie in the same year! She won the Oscar for her performance in The Blind Side and the Worst Actress Razzie for All About Steve.

Her ex, Jesse James, was unfaithful to her

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The former couple was married from 2005 to 2010. Sadly, most of their marriage turned out to be a sham after James admitted to cheating on the actress.

This left Sandra with a lot of embarrassment.

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“This has caused my wife and kids pain and embarrassment beyond comprehension, and I am extremely saddened to have brought this on them," Jesse said in a statement. Sandra filed for divorce soon after.

She was once Hollywood's highest-paid actress


This might sound surprising to hear, considering she recently said that her career would've been over if it weren't for Netflix.

But in 2014, she earned more than $70 million for her role in Gravity opposite George Clooney.

She once entered a rehab program to better prepare for one of her roles

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This was the film 28 Days, which is a movie about an alcoholic. By doing so, she was able to play the role of Gwen Cummings perfectly.

She almost wasn't in the film, 'While You Were Sleeping'

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Believe it or not, the role was supposed to go to Demi Moore. It's a good thing Sandra nabbed it since we couldn't imagine anyone else in the 1995 romantic comedy!

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