When you consider the career of Sandra Bullock — with films like Speed, While You Were Sleeping, Ocean’s 8 and Bird Box or such leading men as Keanu Reeves, Hugh Grant, Tom Hanks and George Clooney — it’s hard to believe that there was a time that she was seriously thinking about stepping away from acting. The reason? The sexism of Hollywood.

“My mother raised me like, ‘You don’t need to get married, you forge your own path. You make your own money, and be your own person,'” the Huffington Post quotes her as saying. “And I literally went out into the world thinking there was no disparity, that everyone was equal, and I can do whatever a man can do. [The truth] was hard for me, because I walked with blinders on through life and got to where I (felt) like I was less than because I was a woman. And that was a hard pill to swallow. I had a lot of sadness from that. I was like, ‘Wow, maybe I need to step out of here. Maybe I need to do something else for a living.’ And that was in the middle of when I was getting work ― I didn’t want to be a part of that world where there was that experience.”

Personally, we’re glad she stuck around, creating an incredible body of work that has spanned the past 30 years and given us a wide variety of characters to be entertained by.

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