Sandra Bullock has kept quiet about her life with photographer Bryan Randall, her partner of nearly three years. The star and producer of the upcoming Ocean’s 8 is even more fierce about protecting the privacy of her children, 8-year-old son Louis and daughter Laila, 5.
But in the new issue of InStyle, Bullock opens up about both, albeit just a little.
“Lou is supersensitive. I call him my 78-year-old son,” Bullock tells the magazine of the son she adopted in 2010. “He’s like Shecky Greene, a Jewish Catskills comic. He’s wise and kind. I saw that when they handed him to me. There was a spiritual bigness to him. I was like, ‘I hope I don’t eff that up.’”
“Just unafraid” is the way she describes Laila, whom she announced she had adopted in 2015.
“She’s a fighter, and that’s the reason she’s here today,” Bullock told InStyle. “She fought to keep her spirit intact. Oh, my God, what she is going to accomplish. She’s going to bring some real change.”
The Proposal star describes Randall as “superkind,” something that does not go unnoticed by the younger members of their household.
“For the kids he’s sort of No. 1,” Bullock said. “But I get it because he’s more fun and has better treats.”
She also opened up about the difficult experience of bringing Laila home, around the time when the actress appeared on the cover of People magazine with her two children, in a photograph taken by Randall. The headline read, “Sandra Bullock Is a Mom Again! Meet Her Adorable Daughter, Laila,” but it was more of a necessity than a friendly notice.
“[Randall’s] a patient photographer who was working with three subjects who hate the camera,” Bullock says of the moment. “Plus, I had to figure out how to hide the kids’ faces because there was a bounty on our heads. When you adopt a child, there’s a placement period, and if something goes sideways, they have the right to take the child away. It’s a tenuous, strenuous six months.”
There was one moment, in particular, that sent the family scrambling.
“We had an allergy scare that sent us to the ER, and we were followed by the paparazzi, so the word was out that I had another child,” Bullock told InStyle. “And everyone wanted photos. It was heartbreaking. Louis would hear a helicopter or drone, and he’d run to get his sister and drag her across the lawn and hide her under the trampoline. So poor Laila had PTSD. But it took the bounty off once we did those official photos. Everything’s a learning experience.”
“This past Oscars I was sick and had allergies, but I was like, ‘I’m just going to go. It’s part of my job, and I’m happy to be there,’” she says. “Then the next day they were saying, ‘Oh, she has cheek fillers and implants.’ When I saw the photos and how swollen I was, I got it. But I was like, ‘Well, if I got injections, I only got them on the top, which was not very good.’”
She tells the magazine that she tries not to let such stories bother her, but she’s only human.
“I am affected by it because I don’t feel confident when I dress up and go on the red carpet,” she explains. “I’m not that person who knows how to work it. I try to channel Beyoncé. I do the same pose every time. I try not to dread that kind of stuff, but I do get incensed and think, ‘How can they write this?’”
Still, even the famously kind Bullock has a line that people shouldn’t cross.
“But now I’ve distilled it into ‘If you eff with my kids and you do something illegal, I will go after you,’” she says. “It’s that simple.”
And, no, she doesn’t mean “my adopted kids.”
“Look: I’m all for Republican, Democrat, whatever, but don’t talk to me about what I can or can’t do with my body until you’ve taken care of every child who doesn’t have a home or is neglected or abused,” Bullock says. “It makes me teary-eyed… Let’s all just refer to these kids as ‘our kids.’ Don’t say ‘my adopted child.’ No one calls their kid their ‘IVF child’ or their ‘oh, s***, I went to a bar and got knocked-up child.’ Let’s just say, ‘our children.’”
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