Sandra Bullock
Chantel Brink
Chantel Brink
December 3, 2023 ·  3 min read

Sandra Bullock Breaks From Career After 35 Years to Be with Her Adopted Kids & Follows Late Mom’s Advice

Sandra Bullock has struggled between her adopted children and her career for quite some time. Helga, Sandra’s late mother, wasn’t always there for her, not only as an example but as support to the star when she needed her the most. She confessed that her mother was especially hard on her about having a child, “And the thought that a daughter of mine would be anything like I was scared me senseless.”

It was only on Helga’s deathbed that she opened up to Sandra Bullock

It was only in her last moments that Helga finally spoke the words her daughter desperately needed to hear. For a woman who showed very little emotion, telling her daughter to open up more was a remarkable moment for Sandra. Who stayed at her mother’s bedside until the end, trying to hold back all her tears. Helga then reminded her not to follow in her footsteps – that was when she finally knew.

Sandra Bullock on motherhood
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Sandra’s mother had always been emotionally unavailable and closed off when she was a child. This set a poor example for her; she knew her mother was closed off from her true feelings. She finally realized that she had nothing to be ashamed of and decide to allow herself to feel every single emotion without censorship.

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Opening up on her career path

During her March 2022 conversation with Tracy Smith on CBS Sunday Morning regarding her career choice, Sandra Bullock mentioned that “work in front of the camera needs to take a pause… until I don’t feel like I feel now when I’m in front of a camera.” Deciding to take a break to raise her children instead of focusing on acting right now.

Which is?” Smith asks. “I want to be at home,” Bullock replies. “So I’m not doing anyone any favors who are investing in a project if I’m saying, ‘I just want to be at home.’ Because I was always running, I was always running to the next thing. I just want to be present and responsible for one thing.”

The actor previously opened up to Entertainment Tonight on the topic

I need to be in the place that makes me happiest. I take my job very seriously when I’m at work, and it’s [a 24/7 job]. And I just want to be 24/7 with my babies and my family.” Sandra Bullock is a single mother of two adopted children, who joined her family in 2010 and 2015.

The Lost City and Bullet Train are the last productions you will see the star in this year. “So you knew shooting this movie [The Lost City] that this is going to be the last one for a while?” CBS’ Smith asks Bullock in their interview. “For a while, yeah,” the actress replies. “And I don’t know what a while is. I don’t know what that is.”

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Smith asked, “What do you see out in front of you now?” “She’s like, ‘I see a crystal ball…’” Bullock laughed. “I don’t know! That’s what’s a little scary about it, I don’t know. Watch: six months from now I can’t handle this anymore, I need to go back to work. But I don’t want to do that. If that feeling comes, I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to rely on work to fill me. But I just don’t see a lot, other than everyone under my roof. That’s it. I know it’s not very sexy, but you know what? It’s mine.

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  1. Why Sandra Bullock is taking a pause from movies.” CBS News. John D’Amelio. March 20, 2022
  2. Sandra Bullock explains her decision to take a break from acting: ‘I want to be at home’.” EW. Tyler Aquilina. March 17, 2022