Sandra Bullock says it's been a 'crappy few weeks': 'My dad died, both of my dogs died'

Taryn Ryder

It’s been a rough few weeks for Sandra Bullock. The Oscar-winning actress made her first public appearance after the death of her father at the Elle Women in Hollywood Celebration on Monday. Bullock was there to honor her friend and Ocean’s 8 co-star Sarah Paulson.

“I was going to write a nice speech about all the things I like about Sarah Paulson. Sarah Catharine Paulson, she likes when you use her middle name, or Powell-son, as my 5-year-old calls her,” the 54-year-old actress began. “But it’s been a crappy few weeks. My dad died, both of my dogs died.”

Bullock’s dad, John W. Bullock, died on Sept. 18 at age 93. According to Us Weekly, her boyfriend, photographer Bryan Randall, revealed the news on his private Instagram account, alongside a photo of John relaxing in a chair while holding up a sign that reads, “No Bulls*** Allowed.” It’s unclear when her beloved rescue pups, Ruby and Poppy, died.

The actress continued, “You turn on the television or computer, and it’s endless tragedies. And it seems like more than ever now, if you have a vagina, you have to be a fighter as well. So I don’t feel nice. So I decided tonight I’m going to talk about all the things I don’t like about Sarah.”

Of course, all of Bullock’s list of things she doesn’t like about her friend ended up being compliments — including a sweet shout-out to Paulson’s girlfriend, Holland Taylor, who was in the audience.

“I don’t like that her and Holland’s joy for life and each other reminds me that I need to be a better girlfriend,” Bullock joked. “I don’t like that she’s the kind of person that after a long day of flying and fittings will sit in your hotel room after you believe she has nowhere else to go, when in fact she is fully aware that you’ve been stood up, and she doesn’t want you to be alone. Just like I didn’t like the dozens upon dozens of roses with little white poppies intermingled in them, mere hours after I put my dog to sleep, whose name happens to be Poppy. So if that is the type of person you want for your icon, then I think you have chosen well.”

Bullock mentioned an article she recently read that stated “one of the best things” women can do for their health is to nurture their relationships with girlfriends.

Sandra Bullock speaks onstage during <em>Elle</em>‘s 25th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration. (Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Elle Magazine)
Sandra Bullock speaks onstage during Elle‘s 25th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration. (Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Elle Magazine)

“They provide support systems that help each other deal with the stress and difficulties in life, physically,” she explained. “This quality girlfriend time helps create more serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and create a general feeling of well-being. We share from our souls with our sisters, our mothers, and evidently that is very good for our health.”

Paulson thanked Bullock for taking time to come to the event. “You being here tonight means so much to me, because I really do know how much you hate to leave the house,” the American Horror Story star said. “I do actually know what a big deal it is.”

Bullock prefers to spend her downtime out of the spotlight with her boyfriend and two children, Louis, 8, and Laila, 6.

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