America’s Sweetheart: 8 Reasons We Love Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in 20th Century Fox's 'The Heat'.
Go ahead, bask it in. Feels good, right?
Sure, Sandy's career has had its ups and downs ("Speed 2: Cruise Control"? "All About Steve"? Jesse James?), but we always find ourselves coming back for more. And with Bullock teaming up with the always-hilarious Melissa McCarthy, "The Heat" should earn plenty of love from her fans.
Why wouldn't it? Bullock's been packing theaters for the better part of 20 years now. But there's a reason she remains so loved, in fact, there are eight of them that spring to mind.
She's Not Afraid To Dress it Down
Bullock isn't afraid to dress it down. She seems to particularly enjoy playing the Ugly Duckling who turns into The Swan In A Slinky Dress (the publicity campaign for "Miss Congeniality" was practically built around this), and her persona suggests a woman who is cool with a burger and a beer at the corner bar come Friday night.
Sandra Bullock in 'The Blind Side'. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.
She Likes To Play Highbrow And Lowbrow
After winning an Oscar for "The Blind Side," Bullock doesn't have to justify her credentials as an actress to anyone. But she's not afraid to mix up prestige projects with laugh-out-loud comedies – she's just as comfortable playing the celebrated author Harper Lee in "Infamous" as she is making Ben Affleck's life miserable in "Forces of Nature." And "The Heat" should find her showing off her broad comedy skills again, especially alongside McCarthy, who like Sandra isn't afraid to go there in pursuit of a laugh.
She Was Adorkable Before It Was Cool
In 1994, a time when most Americans had yet to ask themselves the question "What's a Zooey Deschanel?", Bullock enjoyed a career breakthrough as the cute and quirky Annie Porter in the blockbuster thriller "Speed." As Porter, Sandy proved she could be eccentric, charming, and sexy at the same time, and it seemed like you didn’t need to serenade her with a ukulele to get her attention.
She's A Nerd, And She's Proud Of It
Or at least if Bullock isn't a nerd, she sure knows how to play one convincingly. In 1995's "The Net," she starred as an IT whiz who was the first woman to order pizza online in a movie. Since then, she's successfully gotten her geek on in "Gun Shy," "Two Weeks Notice," "All About Steve," and the "Miss Congeniality" flicks (don’t try to tell me that snorting sound she makes isn't a nerd mating call). And her buy-the-book FBI agent in "The Heat" has more than a little geek in her DNA threat. Is it any wonder Raj on "The Big Bang Theory" is in love with her?