Entertainment Sandra Bullock almost quit acting over Hollywood sexism: 'I didn't want to be a part of that'

00:06  06 june  2018
00:06  06 june  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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However, he almost didn ' t make it that far because he wanted to quit Hollywood before he landed the role. This is what happened to Sandra Bullock after her highly publicized and very messy divorce. She said, “ I was perfectly content to be permanently broken,” Bullock told The Associated

Ocean's 8 is not only one of the most anticipated movies of the summer — it's also Sandra Bullock's first movie in nearly three years.

The Oscar winner and mom of two, who last starred in 2015's Our Brand is Crisis, leads the all-female cast of the new heist comedy (in theaters Friday), a spinoff of the popular Ocean's trilogy.

But as Bullock, 53, tells USA TODAY, there was one point when she considered quitting acting altogether.

Sandra Bullock standing in front of a curtain: Sandra Bullock speaking at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif., last month. She stars in the female-led © Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images Sandra Bullock speaking at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif., last month. She stars in the female-led "Ocean's 8," out Friday. Explaining how she got to where she is today, the actress credited director Jan de Bont for giving her her breakout role in 1994's Speed, "when I was the last person the studio wanted.

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But Sandra Bullock revealed that sexism in show business almost made her leave acting during a Tuesday interview with USA Today. The Ocean's 8 actress, 53, explained how certain experiences caused her to think about a career change, telling the paper ' I was like, "Wow

"My career has been a domino effect of people who said, 'I would like this person to fill this role,' " Bullock says, sitting with co-stars Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson. "And not just in the industry, but people in my life. My mother raised me like, 'You don’t need to get married, you forge your own path. You make your own money, and be your own person.'  And I literally went out into the world thinking there was no disparity, that everyone was equal, and I can do whatever a man can do."

It wasn't until later in her career that Bullock had a "wake-up moment, where I was like, 'What is this feeling? Why do I feel so (expletive)?' " she continues. " 'Oh, my God, I'm being treated this way because I have a vagina.' "

Bullock did not get into specifics about the sexist behavior she was subjected to, though she said it's had a lasting effect.

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Bullock says: “It’s a bigger issue than money. I know we ’ re focused on the money part right now. Bullock adds that, like many actresses, she was forced to suck it up and deal with the sexism How do you explain to your son that the ERA hasn’ t passed? I want him to think I ’m the boss and women

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"It was hard for me, because I walked with blinders on through life and got to where I (felt) like I was less than because I was a woman," she says. "And that was a hard pill to swallow. I had a lot of sadness from that. I was like, 'Wow, maybe I need to step out of here. Maybe I need to do something else for a living.' And that was in the middle of when I was getting work — I didn’t want to be a part of that world where there was that experience."

Sarah Paulson, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling posing for a photo: © Mike Coppola, Getty Images "Ocean's 8" co-stars Sarah Paulson, left, Awkwafina, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kaling.

Since allegations of rape and sexual harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein ignited the Me Too movement last fall, dozens of actresses have come forward with their own stories of sexism and abuse in Hollywood. According to a USA TODAY survey of 843 women in the entertainment industry, 94% say they have experienced sexual harassment or assault.

Blanchett says she has similarly been made to question her worth in Hollywood, particularly when it comes to equal pay.

"I don’t think about my gender until those opportunities are not available to me or denied to me because of my gender," Blanchett tells USA TODAY. But "we do live in a capitalist society, so it’s like your worth is valued in monetary terms. You know what the poster’s going to look like, and you’re not being paid the same as the person you’ve got equal billing and screen time with, and you think, 'Actually, that’s not right.'"


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