Sandra Bullock Who Once Advocated For Families Without Biological Kids Shared a Rare Glimpse into Her Tough Parenthood Journey

Laura Beatham
Dec 03, 2021
09:21 A.M.
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Sandra Bullock is a proud mother to two adorable children, Louis and Laila. However, her road to parenthood was not easy, and at times she felt violated during the process. 


"The Proposal" actress Sandra Bullock appeared on an episode of Red Table Tables with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Pinkett Smith's mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and opened up about the process she went through to adopt her two children. 

Bullock adopted her two children, Louis, 11, and Laila, eight. Although the family are happy and settled together now, the "Bird Box" star shared adopting through the foster care system gets "deep" and "dark."

Sandra Bullock pictured on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" in 2018 [Left]. Bullock and her son, Louis, at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in 2013. | Photo: YouTube/The Late Show With Stephen Colbert & Getty Images


The actress had to prove that she was a capable parent, and the process, which involved a lot of personal questions and interviews, felt like she was in "the judgment cage." Furthermore, she explained the process made her feel scared and questioned if she was good enough to be a parent. 

It got to a point where she thought she could not go through the process. However, Bullock did. She adopted her son in 2010 during her divorce from Jesse James. "The Unforgivable" star then became a single mother.  Later, she adopted her daughter in 2015. 

Sandra Bullock pictured in the press room at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 2020, Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images


Although Bullock shared the process was grueling to go through, she urged people who wanted to adopt to go through it because "the soul that you are supposed to parent is out there and ready for you."

"The Blind Side" actress has spoken a lot about her children and her family. But before she had children, Bullock was also supportive of people who did not want to or could not have children. 

Sandra Bullock and son Louis Bardo Bullock during the 70th Venice International Film Festival, 2013 in Venice, Italy. | Photo: Getty Images


In 2009, during an interview with Harpers Bazaar, Bullock recalled a moment at a movie premiere when an interviewer had asked her whether she was pregnant. The question had upset Bullock as she had just had a conversation with a friend who could not conceive. 

With her friend's pain and perspective in her mind, the "Ocean's 8" actress admitted she went off at the interviewer and asked how that question would make her feel if she could not have children. 

Sandra Bullock and Bryan Randall are seen at "Oceans 8" World Premiere, 2018, New York City. | Photo: Getty Images


Bullock stressed at the time that she wanted others to admit that there was no one way for someone to live their life. The "Speed" actress explained that you did not need to give birth to someone to have a family. 

Bullock is now raising her children with her boyfriend Bryan Randall, who has a daughter from a previous relationship. The pair started dating in 2015 but have no plans to get married as Bullock said she does not need the marriage documentation to be a devoted partner and parent.