Defying Gravity

October 6, 2013

sandra-bullock-gravity-superstarIf early numbers and reviews are any indication, the Sandra Bullock-starring outer space drama, Gravity looks to be a box office behemoth, if not an instant classic. Bullock plays a lonely astronaut adrift in an interstellar ocean trying to navigate an injured space station while wrestling with her own demons. Don’t worry, Spoiler Watchers! I’m not giving away anything you can’t glean from the disquieting trailer. Suffice it to say, the sci-fi thriller received a 98% positive rating on the movie review aggregate website, Rotten Tomatoes, and Bullock’s performance is already being hailed as Oscar-worthy. But this kind of success is nothing new for the diminutive, self-effacing star; Sandra is one of the highest paid actresses in the game. And for good reason! She is one of the highest grossing actresses in history. One thing you have to say about the gravity-defying star: the kid’s a winner!

The reason she finds herself in such an enviable position is because Sandra Bullock has done a lot of things right. A young actor–not to mention an aging one–would be wise to emulate some of her traits and techniques. Good-natured Bullock has the uncanny knack of staying out of trouble and flying under the radar, yet at the same time she’s still considered provocative and exciting. She accepted a Razzie for All About Steve with humor and remarkable grace, and followed it up less than 24 hours later by accepting a Best Actress Oscar for The Blind Side. And consider the fact that she waltzed through her tabloid divorce with motorcycle-craftsman and serial philanderer, Jesse James without a hitch! Consistently, Sandra manages the Cirque du Soleil-like balance of being down-to-earth and at the same time shining radiantly like a superstar as very few actresses in the field are able to do. She goes from goofball comedies in the manner of the Heat and Miss Congeniality to serious fare such as Crash and The Blindside with seemingly effortless aplomb. And Ms. Bullock is definitely a trooper when it comes to promoting her films, but she doesn’t overdo it, preferring to retreat to a compound in Texas to spend time with her adopted son between jobs.

Bottom line is Sandra does her job and seems to have a good attitude about all of the Hollywood Sturm und Drang. She doesn’t seem to be overly swayed by box office behemoths or box office disasters. And if the gravitational pull of Gravity is any indication, she seems to be getting better with age!

Enjoy Your Food and Get Auditions

November 25, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence while surfing in Hawaii.

“Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.” –W. Somerset Maugham

So how was it? You know, the candied yams, creamy mashed potatoes, turkey smothered in thick gravy, two-sticks-of-butter stuffing, crispy bacon, and three different kinds of cheeses! And don’t get me started on the pies of every variety known to mankind. It was awesome, right? And afterwards you fell asleep like an old dog on a sun-drenched porch; absolute intoxicated bliss. Well…shame on you! You’re an actor! Don’t you know a slim, taut body is critical to your success? Do you see Jennifer Anniston or Mark Wahlberg stuffing themselves like swine at the trough?! How about Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana, or Christian Bale? It could be considered highly irresponsible for your career to gleefully gather together with family and friends, and overindulge on a traditional holiday feast. Or, you just might be living a healthy lifestyle, filled with equal parts of discipline and indiscipline–which is sometimes known as “balance.”

Jennifer Lawrence, star of The Hunger Games, was quoted in the December issue of Elle magazine saying, “In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress.” She went on to comment on her toothsome bikini photos currently in hot rotation on the web, “I’m Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach;” apparently referring to fellow actor Val Kilmer’s once-svelte, now portly physique.

Now, it’s important to note Jennifer is 22-years-old, and her weight is probably relatively easy to maintain. And it’s probably not far off to speculate she has a full-time personal trainer as well as a nutritionist to keep her healthy and fit for her upcoming roles in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and X-Men: Days Of The Future Past. But it’s nonetheless refreshing to hear an A-list Hollywood actress say, “I’m never going to starve myself for a part,” and concerning herself with the messages she’s sending to her young female fan base: “I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner.’ That’s something that I was really conscious of during training, when you’re trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.”

Touche, Jennifer for a healthy attitude towards food! And happy holiday eating to all of you!