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Sandra Bullock Talks Banner Year, Love for 'Downton Abbey,' Her Dating Life and More as EW's Entertainer of 2013

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 26, 2013 at 2:33PM

In this week's edition of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands November 27), the mag sits down with one of their Entertainers of the Year, Sandra Bullock, to talk her banner 2013 with Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and Paul Feig's "The Heat." Interview highlights, below.
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Cover detail from the November 29, 2013, edition of Entertainment Weekly
Cover detail from the November 29, 2013, edition of Entertainment Weekly

In this week's edition of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands November 27), the mag sits down with one of their Entertainers of the Year, Sandra Bullock, to talk her banner 2013 with Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and Paul Feig's "The Heat." Interview highlights, below.

Who else made the Entertainers list? Miley Cyrus, Netflix, Matthew McConaughey, the cast of "Scandal" and Pharell Williams, among nine others.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Just before The Heat came out, you told me it was the greatest love story of your career.

SANDRA BULLOCK: Melissa and I had that loving, weird connection where we just went, “Wow, you can’t buy it, you can’t manufacture it.” We’re so different in our comedy styles, but somehow they complemented each other and we were a modern odd couple.

EW: You really let Melissa shine in a big way. Was that hard on the ego?

BULLOCK: Yeah, I mean, ego is everywhere and you always have to put it in check. I do different comedy than Melissa’s. Her style is...I mean, it comes out of her mouth and you gotta back up. And once I realized that that drove the film, I had to step back. Otherwise I would’ve been fighting for something that would’ve ended up on the cutting-room floor.... They needed a pseudo–straight person, and I became that.

EW: You said you started out your career as the action girl and then became the romantic-comedy girl. At what point do you think people started simply seeing you as the actress?

BULLOCK: Well, I don’t think I’ve ever been seen as a chameleon. [Laughs] But I remember when I first read the script for Crash. I’d stopped acting. My agents told me I was being offered the role and I said, “Yes, yes, yes, yes!” After we shot my scene I remember sitting down and thinking, “Wow, hopefully this will be the beginning for me in being given opportunities.”

EW: When you stepped back from the movies, did you ever think of doing TV?

BULLOCK: When I was seeing television progress, I thought, “How exciting that when I’m ready to do TV it’s going to be amazing.” When you look at cable it’s sometimes better than the movies. I’m not afraid of the landscape changing from large to small screen if it’s as rich as it is now.

EW: What’s your favorite show?

BULLOCK: I’m desperately waiting for Downton Abbey to come back, and I’m into season 1 of Scandal. Talk about sexy decadence. I want to be with the president.

EW: Is this a bad moment to ask if you are dating or want to be dating?

BULLOCK: You know what, if it should come along, great. But I feel like I’m not missing anything yet. Maybe one day I will. But my son is 3 years old, which is an amazing age. Four is an even better age. So if something happens, great, but if not, I’ve got plenty to do.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.