10 things you probably didn't know about Sandra Bullock

Imeh Akpanudosen/GettyImagesSandra Bullock has starred in films such as ‘Bird Box’ and ‘Miss Congeniality.’

Actress Sandra Bullock is a bit of a Hollywood legend with dozens of acting credits to her name.

She’s spent over three decades creating and producing some pretty memorable films, from thrillers like “Bird Box” to romantic comedies like “The Proposal” and even dramas like “Gravity.”

In honour of the actress’s 55th birthday, read on for some interesting things you didn’t know about Sandra Bullock.

She speaks German.

Frazer Harrison/GettyBullock spent some of her childhood in Germany.

Spending a majority of her childhood in Germany, Sandra Bullock surprised fans and talk show hosts alike when they learned she can speak German fluently. Bullock has shared her German language skills with the world in several interviews.

The actress abstains from social media.

Tim P. Whitby/Getty ImagesBullock called herself too ‘lazy’ to be active on social media.

Although it might seem the actress is protecting her privacy, Bullock says she’s just too lazy to join Twitter or Instagram.

In 2018, she told InStyle magazine, “I’m not ignorant of what’s happening out there. I look over people’s shoulders, going, ‘What is that little vignette of a cat on a fan?’ I’m just lazy.”

As a child, she would wear matching dresses with her mum but she didn’t love doing it.

Andreas Rentz/GettyImagesBullock still has a signature red carpet style.

Bullock’s mum, an opera singer, had quite a penchant for glamour and fashion but, according to an interview with InStyle, Bullock didn’t share the same love for style.

“She would make matching minidresses, and we had little gladiator sandals, and she was very overt with her sexuality … ,” she told the publication. “I was supposed to be the mini version of her, but I didn’t like that feeling, so I went the other way: I went tomboy – jeans, baseball caps. I skated, rode bikes.”

Bullock said she loves remodeling homes.

Donaldson Collection /GettyImagesBullock told InStyle that she loves looking at remodeling magazines.

In addition to being a talented actress, Bullock could possibly one day make a living as a home-flipper.

She told InStyle magazine that remodeling is her version of “porn,” emphasising that she’s great at envisioning a new life for older properties and she finds joy in moving furniture around her houses.

The actress said she gets this affinity for home renovations from her dad, “He’d buy old buildings, and he’d restore them himself from the ground up, and I tagged along. I was like, ‘Oh, I’ll learn how to do a drywall or install a toilet.'”

Bullock played a role in launching George Lopez’s career.

Jason Merritt/TERM /GettyImagesThe two are frequently pictured together at events.

In 2002, Bullock’s production company Fortis Films premiered a sitcom with a Latinx family at the forefront of the show. That show was “George Lopez” and ran until 2007.

It was Bullock herself who discovered Lopez and pushed to have him as the lead in the show, according to Sirius XM. The rest is Hollywood history.

Bullock has an Oscar.

Jason Merritt /GettyImagesShe won an Oscar for her role in ‘The Blind Side.’

Over the years, Bullock has starred in tear-jerking films like “28 Days” to comedies like “Miss Congeniality,” but the film that won the actress her first and only Academy Award was 2010’s “The Blind Side.” She was nominated again in 2014 but lost out to Cate Blanchett’s “Blue Jasmine” performance.

The actress hasn’t had a role on a TV show since 2004.

ABCShe appeared on ‘George Lopez.’

Despite working in television at the beginning of her career, Bullock’s last role on a TV show was in 2004. She played a recurring character on “George Lopez,” a show she also executive produced.

She was once one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses.

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesSandra Bullock starred in ‘Gravity’ that same year.

In 2014, Bullock was named Forbes’ highest-paid actress in Hollywood. In just one year, the actress raked in a whopping $US51 million, topping the list.

To put that number into perspective, Jennifer Lawrence earned $US34 million the same year, placing second on the list of 2014’s highest-paid actresses.

She hates being scared.

Netflix‘I don’t like to be scared. I hate being scared,’ she told People magazine.

Starring in the 2018 thriller “Bird Box” was no easy feat for Bullock. The star revealed to People magazine that she and costar Sarah Paulson are terrified of being scared, which made filming the fighting scenes a bit harder for the star.

Perhaps that makes her fearful scenes in “Bird Box” all the more believable.

She did voice work for the animated movie “Prince of Egypt.”

DisneyShe played Miriam in ‘Prince of Egypt.’

The famed 1998 animated film “Prince of Egypt” had some big-name actors lending their voices to the roles, one of which was Bullock. The actress played Moses’s sister Miriam and this is one of the few times Bullock had a role in an animated movie.

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.