Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Ryan Neal
Name: Louis Bardo Bullock
Birthdate: January 10, 2018
Famous Years: 2010-Present
Currently Known For: Student
|Networth: $200 Million (Sandra Bullock's Net Worth)||Famous For: Sandra Bullock's Son|
January 10, 2018
$200 Million (Sandra Bullock's Net Worth)
Sandra Bullock's Son
“Am I the mother my son deserves? And am I living my authentic life, am I good enough, working hard enough, am I able to keep my son safe? Worrying used to be very paralyzing for me, and now I can talk myself off the ledge. Luis is the one who snapped me out of it.” Often called “America’s sweetheart” and easily one of Hollywood’s favorite leading ladies, Sandra Bullock has a long list of accolades to her name as well as a $200 million net worth, but little can compare to the happiness she’s found as a mother—not even blockbusters like Miss Congeniality, Minions, or The Blind Side. Instead, what truly matters to Bullock are her children—Louis Bardo Bullock and his younger sister, Laila!
The daughter of an opera singer and a United States Army soldier, Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia in 1964 but spent most of her childhood abroad in Germany where her mother went on European opera tours with Bullock often in tow. Because of this, Bullock’s interest in the stage blossomed as she sang in the opera’s children’s choir and, after returning stateside, performed in high school theater productions before earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
After graduation, Bullock moved to New York and supported herself as a coat checker, bartender, and cocktail waitress while auditioning for every role she could find. During this time, she studied with Sanford Meisner and snagged small parts in Working Girl, Love Potion No.9, and Fire on the Amazon before enjoying a string of commercial successes in mid-1990s flicks like While You Were Sleeping, which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. She followed up with A Time to Kill, Speed 2: Cruise Control, and Hope Floats before gaining widespread fame in the new millennium as the star of Miss Congeniality.
Miss Congeniality put Bullock on the map and earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress. She went on to star in Two Weeks Notice, Crash, and The Proposal before enjoying a huge year in 2009 when she earned a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actress in The Blind Side, a film based on the true story of NFL star Michael Oher. In the award-winning flick, Bullock sealed her fate as one of Hollywood’s most talented actresses with her performance as the fiercely protective mother from Memphis, Tennessee who adopts Michael as her own. Little did the world know how much Bullock’s performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy would mirror her own life.
Outside the silver screen, Bullock shocked her fans in 2006 when she married motorcycle builder and Monster Garage host Jesse James, whom she first met when she arranged for her 10-year-old godson to meet James for Christmas in 2005. Quietly dating over the next year before exchanging vows, Bullock and James were ready to start a family of their own but the devastation from Hurricane Katrina was still fresh on their minds as they looked into adopting a child from the United States, specifically from one of the most devastated areas—New Orleans.
“One day it was just a feeling that came that instead of bringing another life into this world, that we wanted to reach out and find our child in New Orleans. There were so many children alone in New Orleans and it was important to adopt from the US,” Bullock said of their decision. “We began the conversations and then all the paperwork, the background checks, the home visitations about four years ago. We didn’t want to go at it any other way than the way everyone else would have to do it. There are hoops, but the hoops are there to protect the child. And worth every jump…. I did not circumvent. I wanted to do everything the same way everyone else did… It was nice to have someone say, ‘I think you’re a fit parent.’”
After the four-year process and a long list of secrets kept by her closest family and friends, Bullock and James were closer to adoption than ever before when Bullock’s marriage took center stage in the media. In March 2010, several tabloids reported that James had several affairs during their marriage with numerous women coming forward to confirm his infidelity. James was quick to defend himself and issued a statement saying, “The vast majority of the allegations are untrue and unfounded… Beyond that, I will not dignify these private matters with any further public comment. There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me. I ask that Sandra and my children one day find it in their hearts to forgive me for their pain and embarrassment.” As a result, Bullock canceled her promotional tour for The Blindside in Europe and began divorce proceedings.
As James entered rehab, Bullock shared another secret—that their soon-to-be adopted son, Louis, had been living with them since his birth in January 2010. Although Bullock hoped to keep the news quiet, it was an impossible story to ignore as Bullock confirmed the adoption was finalized in April 2010. Later, she happily shared the joy of motherhood and recalled meeting Louis for the first time. “Oh, there you are,” she said when she first saw him. “It was like the whole outside world just got quiet. He was so small, so still. All the trivial things that I had allowed to take up so much of my time just didn’t have room in my life anymore. He had always been a part of our lives.”
Naming him Louis after immediately thinking of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” as she held him for the first time, Bullock quietly settled into motherhood and kept the secret for four months until her marriage made headlines. “I wasn’t expecting him,” Bullock said of being a new mother. “I had nothing to prepare and then you realize you need very little other than knowledge, patience and a whole lot of love.”
With enough love to share, Bullock kept Louis out of the spotlight until James’ extramarital affairs made headlines and catapulted them into a media frenzy. On the night of the Oscars as she accepted her award for The Blindside, Bullock clutched her purse that held pictures of her late mother, her stepchildren, and one of Louis’ tiny lime green socks. By then, her secret was slowly being told as Bullock later introduced Louis to the world and proudly shared his story. “I selfishly wanted to be with him alone for as long as I could,” she admitted.Life Today: Louis and Laila
Fiercely protective of her son, Bullock has taken a step back from her career with credits in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Heat, and Gravity. She also jumped on board for the 2015 animated comedy, Minions, which is her greatest commercial success to date. “I wanted to make something my son could see and watch and enjoy, even though he doesn’t know what I do, and he doesn’t know it’s me,” Bullock said of the film. “I can sit in the theater and watch him… nothing makes me happier than hearing that boy laugh…”
Today, the seven-year-old Louis is the inspiration behind every part of Bullock’s life especially since the actress adopted again in 2015. Welcoming her three-and-a-half-year-old daughter Laila into the family, Bullock couldn’t be happier. “My family is blended and diverse, nutty, and loving, and understanding,” she says. “And most importantly, Louis spearheaded this whole journey.”