Sandra Bullock Says: “If It Wasn’t For Netflix, A Lot Of People Wouldn’t Be Working”

Sandra Bullock Says: “If It Wasn’t For Netflix, A Lot Of People Wouldn’t Be Working”

Two of the veteran star's films have landed in Netflix's list of 10 most popular movies on the platform.

Sandra Bullock's 2018 film Bird Box as well as her latest Netflix movie, The Unforgivable, have both landed on Netflix's Top 10 list of most popular films. Netflix reported that The Unforgivable ranked at No. 9 and Bird Box at No. 2. Bullock joins former The Proposal co-star Ryan Reynolds in having two of her films ranked on Netflix's collection of most popular films. Forty-five-year-old Reynolds has his film, 6 Underground at No. 6 and Red Notice leading at No. 1 on Netflix's list.


How does the streaming platform view a film's success? By looking at its total viewing hours within the film's first 28 days. Bullock however is more interested in praising Netflix for employing talent of a certain age. The 57-year-old veteran actress told The Hollywood Reporter, “They’re good to artists. They’re good to filmmakers. If it wasn’t for Netflix, a lot of people wouldn’t be working. Their stories wouldn’t be told. Who would think that me, as a woman, would still be working at this point? I would have been out in the cow pasture. It’s true.”

She added that hits like Squid Game wouldn’t happen without the power of Netflix. “That’s one of the bigger ones, but I’ve seen more work from other countries told by other nationalities, and we never would have had that 10 years ago, ever. It brings people together in a way that really, you know, we’re getting more and more divided and yet, we have the streamers that are able to blend our stories together and go, look, same story, just different.”


Speaking of her most recent character, Ruth Slater, a woman who has been released after decades in prison, the star told  Entertainment Weekly, "My character is someone who has been incarcerated for 20 years for a pretty heinous crime [and] gets out. "There are several people whose lives she affected by this crime she committed, and there's a lot of hatred and anger and bitterness and sorrow associated with her release. She wants to find this one person, the only family she had when she went in, and you keep asking yourself, 'Why can't you let it go? This family member was traumatized by your actions — let it go! Stop harming these people all over again.' "

The stellar cast includes Jon Bernthal, Vincent D'Onofrio, Viola Davis, Richard Thomas, Linda Emond, Aisling Franciosi, and Rob Morgan. "I don't care where you think you are on the level of talent on your acting scale, if you place yourself opposite those who are far better than you, they will only elevate you. I was so scared. I was basically making a silent film for my character, and I was like, 'If I fail with my emotional inner life, we've lost the storytelling.' But I would get opposite these tremendous human beings and you just go 'thank you' to be opposite talent like that. Everybody dreams about it. And then here we had it," she said

The Unforgivable is now streaming on Netflix.


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