Sandra Bullock wants us to think she's no big deal. In fact, the self-deprecation and this-isn't-as-important-as-it-looks attitude is part of her enduring popularity.
But the Best Actress winner can't fool us. She looked simply stunning on the red carpet and we even felt a pang of pride when she eloquently accepted her very first Oscar. She is important, she is gifted, but she's also completely real.
And as she gets older, her life just gets better. She spent her 20s worrying and her 30s working nonstop. Now in her 40s, Sandra is living life her way. Her down-to-Earth lifestyle can even teach us a thing or two about enjoying the little things in life.
Here's what aging has taught her:
Remember to Have Fun
"Right now, I'm kind of getting into my childhood," says Bullock. "I didn't have a teenage or early-20s experience that was free and without worry. I missed the screw-everything, have-a-good-time phase. I was worried that if I didn't stay on track and work, work, work, I was never going to accomplish anything. Now I'm trying to have fun and have the freedom to do nothing."
Happiness Is Being with the Ones You Love
She's always smiling and spirited, but when she speaks of her husband Jesse James, she beams. After five years of marriage, the two simply love each others' company. For a Saturday afternoon date, the pair grabbed a set of dirk bikes and rode across a dry lake bed in the desert, taking in the view of the mountains and landscape.
Sometimes You've Just Got to Live in the Moment
It seems that an amateur paparazzo snapped her during a pit stop on the way to the middle of nowhere, and the rare candid shot of the star taken outside of her adopted hometown of Austin made its way to the Internet. "I panicked. We were in the desert, no place to pee. So I peed outside. [I thought] on the cover of the tabloids, there's going to be a picture of me peeing by a cactus. And yes, I did it. I'll do it again."
There Is No One Way to Live Your Life
When she married James, she also became a stepmother to Chandler, Jesse Jr., and Sunny, which raised the inevitable questions - still unanswered - about whether she'd start a family of her own. "I reamed out this idiot girl at some premiere once about [becoming pregnant]. I had just been talking to a friend who couldn't conceive, and I saw her pain. And this girl said" - she affects a nasal whine - "'I'm from Star magazine. Are you pregnant?' And I went off on her. What if I couldn't have kids? Do you know what that would make me feel like? I just want people to admit that there's no one way to live your life. Of course, I don't know what's going to happen."
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