Not that I minded, but while glancing up the red carpet at the Sydney premiere for The Heat, I seemed to be surrounded by an excessive amount of ladies. Fans, VIP guests, journalists and publicists seemed to be 99% females all waiting to see guest of honour, the lovely Sandra Bullock, arrive. Looking around, I couldn’t blink, then as I spotted that amazing Sandra smile, time stood still. Wearing an open back Pucci dress (thank you to the consummate Vogue Australia reporter standing next to me on the red carpet for that on the spot information), Sandra was delightful, cracked a few jokes with me and was magnetic without even trying.
S.A.B – Hello I’m Shane. First of all I would like to know, where do you keep your Oscar (Best actress winner for The Blind Side)?
Sandra Bullock – Hi Shane, right now my Oscar is in bubble wrap because there is a construction crew, a real one, at the house. So he is safely ensconced in bubble wrap hidden at the house in a nice little box, but he’ll be coming out when it’s done.
S.A.B – How do you get ready for a red carpet looking so wonderful?
S.B – Thank you, I sit there and let other people do the work. I have ideas and say I want to wear this, or I want to wear that. I sit down and everyone works together like a construction crew.
S.A.B – You look beautiful, you’re a great actress, you’re a personality and you’re a mum. How do you juggle all that and stay grounded?
S.B – Drugs, copious amounts of drugs (we both laugh). Ummm no (laughs again as publicist nervously looks at me as if to say ‘she’s joking’). I do it by prioritising, everything revolves around my little man, work comes second. When I’m at work, you try to do your best but I am sorry, when there is a little man who calls, I leave.
S.A.B – Fair enough too.
S.B – So I could be leaving any minute now (looks straight at me and laughs).
S.A.B – What was it about the script of The Heat that drew you to it?
S.B – Funny stuff for two women with characters that made sense. Melissa wanted to do it, I wanted to do it. Both of us had discussed working with each other a long time ago so it was all about the timing. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that we knew we had to do now or someone else would take it. And, we simply did not want anyone else to do it.
S.A.B – You both share lightning comical chemistry together. How was it during the filming process?
S.B – Day one it just worked, we knew how to work together. Our styles are different on how we approach our comedy and characters, somehow it worked the way it was supposed to from script to screen. It all meshed really well. We got lucky.
With that, I thank her for her time, we shake hands and she drifts off looking effortlessly glamorous. I can blink now.
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