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Sandra Bullock talks with Kidsday

Actress Sandra Bullock who stars in the movie

Actress Sandra Bullock who stars in the movie "Gravity" talked with Kidsday reporters Daniel Andrade, Anthony Yanza and Ariana Augi at the Warner Bros. screening room in Manhattan on Oct. 1, 2103. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We interviewed actress Sandra Bullock when she was in Manhattan recently.

Who is your favorite person you acted with?

That's a hard question because you don't ever want to play favorites. I don't know if you know who Betty White is. She's an older actress, comedian, she's hilarious. Working with her, just because I knew so much about her and she was such an icon to us who love comedy, working with her was, I think, one of my favorite experiences. . . . She's just a constant professional, so funny, so good at what she does, so generous.

What charities are you involved with?

The main one, I try to help out wherever is needed on a large scale, [but] I do a lot with the Red Cross. There's one in particular that I work with in New Orleans. It's a school -- it's called Warren Easton . . . and during the big storm of Katrina, it wiped out everything and no one was helping the kids get back to school. . . . And we just decided to get together and help them get back into school and these kids now work, at least two jobs a day, 100 percent graduation rate, 100 percent attendance rate, all are getting scholarships and they're coming from places where they get no support. So I spend a lot of time helping there. My son's from New Orleans, so that's why we have that connection.

Do you plan on making a TV series in the future? If so, what would it be about?

I think I would produce again. I produced a show called "The George Lopez Show," and since I've had my little boy I feel like I've been producing him. . . . But now lately I've been thinking about producing TV again and to me, comedy in television is always the thing that I love. So I think I might be going back in that direction. Have my eye on a couple of things, but haven't narrowed it down yet.

What hopes and dreams do you have for your son?

First and foremost, that he's happy and he feels free to just be whoever he's supposed to be -- that I don't mess that up. That I go "Don't be that way," and he's supposed to be that way. Just happy and healthy and that hopefully I can see . . . his interests, and that I can help push him and provide those interests for him. Just let him be who he is and be the amazing human being he already is.

How do you like being recognized in public?

That's a hard one. By people who watch movies, I love because we all love movies and we're all sort of fans of the movies and it's fun to talk to people who do the things that you get to go watch. That's the fun part. There's a tricky part, which is the photographers and paparazzi because there's no one governing them and so they'll break the law a lot and they put people in harm's way. . . . But what I love is meeting with people who love film and love to go to the movies and people are very honest. "Oh, I love your work," or "Not so good this time, Sandy. That's not a good role for you." I go, "I know." So that part of it I love.

In our class we're talking about inspirational people. Who inspires you?

A lot of people. It's not so much someone who's well-known. I'm just inspired by people who don't get the recognition, but still do good regardless. Still put themselves out there to help other people. . . . Random acts of kindness inspire me -- when people are just kind for no other reason than to be kind to another human being and that always . . . anytime you see me crying that's usually what happened. It's easy to do things when the world is watching so you look good, it's not easy to do things when no one's watching. When they still do good things that's what inspires you.

We loved you in the film "Gravity." How was making a space movie different from the other movies you made?

That's a good question. Completely different. Not only because it was space, but because the technology that they needed to be able to film this only became available literally six months before we were shooting. I was in a 9 x 9 box with LED lights by myself clamped in there for hours and hours, no human contact except for hearing them a little bit, strung up on wires. I could see nothing. On normal sets you have people and lights and props and things to help you. And interaction. There was absolutely no interaction on this. Very little with George Clooney. Very little, but we really had to pretend everything.


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