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I happened to catch an episode of Charlie Rose the other day. Um, no, I definitely don’t usually watch Charlie Rose! However, he was interviewing Sandra Bullock and her director about the movie "Gravity." Being a bit of an amateur actress and director myself, I’m always intrigued by actors and the mindset they use to get into character, so it caught my attention. There was the usual discussion of behind the scenes types of things, but about halfway through the interview, Sandra's comments got more philosophical.
I’ve quoted her exactly, however, I’ve cut out some unnecessary stuff, including the statements of the director and Charlie Rose, just to make it a quicker read. I don’t believe my edits have really changed the meaning of anything. (Well, at least that wasn’t my intent!)
“I think in the end it comes to not knowing. Not knowing and knowing we are in absolutely no control over anything. And once you admit that you have absolutely no control over anything I think you, you sort of are more in tune and in sync with really the bigger picture, you know."
“And it, it comes back to the, the metaphor of just letting go, and it’s easier said than done. Um, but going back in and saying, ‘I’m gonna say yes to an experience that scares the crap out of me,’ um, it’s the unknown . . .”
“Everyone gets knocked about.”
In explaining why she accepted the part in "Gravity," she said, “I saw this as hopefully a way to get over a lot of fears that I had, and I did. And it was you know, the sweetest, sweetest time I’ve had in a very long time. Both personally and, and in the work environment.”
“I can no longer just be afraid. I can’t let fear dictate . . .”
“Whatever I’m afraid of, I go, I need to dive in and figure out why I’m so afraid of that.”
The only thing I would personally add to this is that we do indeed have some control - control over how we respond and how we react to all the uncontrollable people and events surrounding us.
Very cool lady.