Sandra Bullock addresses those Oscars cheek-filler rumours
While it's easy to be envious of the celebrity lifestyle, with all its grandeur and excess, it must be pretty difficult at the same time. Yes, they live in exotic locations, have swimming pools and are able to afford whatever they like, but they are also constantly in the public eye. Whether it's popping out for a coffee in your PJs, or getting blind-drunk on a night out, these are all luxuries we can perform without an army of photographers baying on our every move.
One person who knows all too well about this elite level of fame is Sandra Bullock. The 53-year-old actress, who made her breakthrough in the 1993 movie Demolition Man, recently opened up about the travails of being famous as well as a host of other issues, including the Time's Up movement.
Speaking about her decision to donate $50,000 to the campaign, Bullock said the donation was less about her and more about the people who she was helping;
"It’s easy to give money to people who are incredibly brave and outspoken. But Time’s Up is not just about the actors—it’s about the single mom who’s been abused, bullied, and sexually harassed and is just trying to make every day safe.
"I also love All Raise, which has partnered with Time’s Up to help close the gap on funding for women and minorities in technology. It’s our duty to do whatever we can to help.
"I can safely say there is not one person I know who hasn’t experienced some form of [harassment] or doesn’t know someone [it’s happened to]."
However, while she is happy to user her privileged position to benefit the lives of others, Bullock does have a slight problem with the rabid celebrity culture that exists in society - with the actress being on the receiving end of headlines claiming that she had cheek fillers after an appearance on the red carpet.
"This past Oscars I was sick and had allergies, but I was like, 'I'm just going to go. It's part of my job, and I'm happy to be there,'" she told InStyle;
"Then the next day they were saying, 'Oh, she has cheek fillers and implants.' When I saw the photos and how swollen I was, I got it. But I was like, 'Well, if I got injections, I only got them on the top, which was not very good.'"
While Bullock has fairly thick skin - having spent close to 30 years in the industry - she admits that the headlines do get to her, saying that she doesn't have the confidence of the likes of Beyoncé.
"I am affected by it because I don't feel confident when I dress up and go on the red carpet. I'm not that person who knows how to work it.
"I try to channel Beyoncé. I do the same pose every time. I try not to dread that kind of stuff, but I do get incensed and think, 'How can they write this?' But now I’ve distilled it into 'If you eff with my kids and you do something illegal, I will go after you.' It’s that simple."
Fair play to Bullock for speaking out about the effect that these headlines can have on a celebrity. While they may seem it, they're not invincible and - much like you or I - they do have feelings.