In this week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands November 27), the mag sits down with one of their Entertainers of the Year, Sandra Bullock, to talk her banner 2013 with Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” and Paul Feig’s “The Heat.” Interview highlights, below.
Who else made the Entertainers list? Miley Cyrus, Netflix, Matthew McConaughey, the cast of “Scandal” and Pharell Williams, among nine others.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Just before The Heat came out, you
told me it was the greatest love story of your career.
SANDRA BULLOCK: Melissa and I had that loving, weird
connection where we just went, “Wow, you can’t buy it, you can’t manufacture
it.” We’re so different in our comedy styles, but somehow they complemented
each other and we were a modern odd couple.
EW: You really let Melissa shine in a big way. Was that hard
on the ego?
BULLOCK: Yeah, I mean, ego is everywhere and you always have
to put it in check. I do different comedy than Melissa’s. Her style is…I
mean, it comes out of her mouth and you gotta back up. And once I realized that
that drove the film, I had to step back. Otherwise I would’ve been fighting for
something that would’ve ended up on the cutting-room floor…. They needed a
pseudo–straight person, and I became that.
EW: You said you started out your career as the action girl
and then became the romantic-comedy girl. At what point do you think people
started simply seeing you as the actress?
BULLOCK: Well, I don’t think I’ve ever been seen as a
chameleon. [Laughs] But I remember when I first read the script for Crash. I’d
stopped acting. My agents told me I was being offered the role and I said,
“Yes, yes, yes, yes!” After we shot my scene I remember sitting down and
thinking, “Wow, hopefully this will be the beginning for me in being given
EW: When you stepped back from the movies, did you ever
think of doing TV?
BULLOCK: When I was seeing television progress, I thought,
“How exciting that when I’m ready to do TV it’s going to be amazing.” When you
look at cable it’s sometimes better than the movies. I’m not afraid of the
landscape changing from large to small screen if it’s as rich as it is now.
EW: What’s your favorite show?
BULLOCK: I’m desperately waiting for Downton Abbey to come
back, and I’m into season 1 of Scandal. Talk about sexy decadence. I want to be
with the president.
EW: Is this a bad moment to ask if you are dating or want to
BULLOCK: You know what, if it should come along, great. But
I feel like I’m not missing anything yet. Maybe one day I will. But my son is 3
years old, which is an amazing age. Four is an even better age. So if something
happens, great, but if not, I’ve got plenty to do.