Sandra Bullock reveals how a conversation with an incarcerated woman made her a better mother

Sandra Bullock reveals how a conversation with an incarcerated woman made her a better mother

She even got a tattoo in honor of the woman she interviewed for her upcoming film, "The Unforgivable."

For actress Sandra Bullock, a conversation she had with an incarcerated woman was so moving that she felt she became a better mother to her daughter after the encounter.

Bullock has been preparing for her upcoming Netflix film, The Unforgivable, in which she plays the role of a woman who is imprisoned for about two decades. As part of the process, Bullock met with real-life women behind bars to understand their lives and backgrounds better, and one conversation she had was so striking that the actress got a tattoo in honor of the incarcerated woman.

"One of my tattoos was in honor of one of the women that I got to interview that helped me with insight to my daughter," Bullock told Extra's Cheslie Kryst. "She, too, went through the foster care system and there was something that was similar and she said... ‘Oh, my God, that happened to me. That's who I was.’… I went there to get her story and I left there being a better parent because of the gift that she gave me."


Bullock is a mother to her 9-year-old daughter, Laila, whom she adopted from Louisiana. She is also a mother to her 11-year-son, Louis, who was adopted by the actress in 2010, according to PEOPLE.


When asked about which tattoo Bullock got in honor of the woman, she said it was "a barbed wire with a butterfly on it."

Earlier, Bullock spoke about the film that is slated to release in select theatres on November 24 and will be available for streaming on Netflix from December 10.

"My character is someone who has been incarcerated for 20 years for a pretty heinous crime [and] gets out," Bullock told EW. "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."


In the movie, Bullock's character tries to find her little sister and takes help from her parole officer.

"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," Bullock added.


Acting alongside Bullock in the movie are Jon Bernthal, Vincent D'Onofrio, Viola Davis, Richard Thomas, Linda Emond, Aisling Franciosi, and Rob Morgan.

Bullock spoke about sharing the acting credits with heavyweights in the industry and said, "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."

Cover image source: Getty Images | Photo by Kevin Winter

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