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Bullock lauds friends with “integrity,” says didn’t skip adoption line

August 31, 2010

In her first television interview after her marriage breakup that played out for the world to see, Sandra Bullock told morning chat program the Today show about calling a school in New Orleans (“Um, Hi, it’s Sandra Bullock”) to donate money, her love of public education, her passion for New Orleans and her adopted baby boy.

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No, she didn’t talk directly about how she felt about ex-husband James James. But among all the baby talk in the very safe interview (we wonder what ground rules were established for what could or could not be asked) —  mostly about how she calls her New Orleans-born boy her “little Cajun cookie” — she did offer up that hey, unlike the public perception of other celebrities who skip lines by adopting overseas or paying larger fees, America’s favorite  girl-next-door did not skip the queue.

“I did not circumvent. I wanted to do everything exactly the same way everyone else did. It was nice to have someone say ‘I think you are a fit parent’ which is what I heard,” she told Matt Lauer. “I got blessed, I got lucky.”

Besides being “blessed, ”  and “lucky”, she offered this little gem on life when asked about her adoption — “Everything works out the way the universe wants it to work out.”

If that seems remarkably positive for a year of as many lows as highs, Bullock only had her friends to thank on keeping her privacy – “human beings exist that have integrity that know how to keep their mouth shut. That know the bigger picture, that don’t sell out their friends,” she said. “I was blessed with the same friends I’ve had since before things got really special for me and blessed in life.”

Again, she’s blessed. There was no sorrow, no complaints – just typical Bullock laughter. And only when Lauer suggested she had become a “hero” for New Orleans, a few modest teary eyes. “Wow…It’s random acts of kindness,” she responded. “She’s delicious” the Today host commented when the interview finished. With America now backing her more than ever, any early bets on Bullock’s next movie being a hit? Or, her next Oscar?

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