Sandra Bullock, in a new interview, dished on what it was like coming-of-age in the Hollywood scene, after growing up thinking that men and women were equal, and have an equal chance at becoming successful. During a chat with reporters from USA Today, the actress said she realized one day, “Oh my god, I’m being treated this way because I have a vagina.”
When speaking with the journalists, Sandra explained that her mother always raised her to be her own woman; to be strong, independent, and forging her own path to success.
However, with experience and time, the actress came to the conclusion that her gender and sex really did play a significant role in how people responded to her at work.
The actress said it was especially hard for her to come to terms with the fact that she was being treated differently on account of being a woman. But she pushed through and reaped the rewards in the end. Sandra has since starred in a plethora of box-office successes including the cult-classic, Miss Congeniality.
“And that was a hard pill to swallow,” the Academy Award-winner explained, and she had a “lot of sadness from that.” During this time, she was even getting work as an actress, so her feelings were incredibly powerful as well as persuasive.
Additionally, Cate Blanchett, who worked alongside Sandra in the Ocean’s 8 film, explained to the publication that she was nearly driven out of the entertainment industry for the same reason.
During the chat with USA Today, she said she never thought about her gender and sex until those higher in power than her denied her access to opportunities.
According to a survey conducted by USA Today, 94% of women say they have experienced some type of sexual harassment or assault. However, the study didn’t indicate what defined assault of harassment.