"Who would think that me, as a woman, would still be working at this point? I would have been out in the cow pasture. It's true," she jokingly said.
Netflix has been releasing loads of original content with big names over recent years. Recently, Sandra Bullock credited the OTT platform for helping her sustain her career.
Her latest work, The Unforgivable, was just released on Netflix and is currently in the top ten most-watched films.
In addition to her latest film, her 2018 thriller Bird Box also did amazingly well on the platform. The pandemic has been hard on everyone, with theaters being shut for viewing, so OTT platforms have been the go-to option for people wanting to watch new films.
This explains why she said Netflix is actually responsible for helping actors still have a career. She made the statement during her Unforgivable premiere in December to The Hollywood Reporter.
"They're good to artists. They're good to filmmakers. If it wasn't for Netflix, a lot of people wouldn't be working," explained the 57-year-old Oscar winner. "Their stories wouldn't be told. Who would think that me, as a woman, would still be working at this point? I would have been out in the cow pasture. It's true," she jokingly said.
She went on to say that shows like "Squid Game" wouldn't have happened, had it not been for Netflix. Describing it as "one of the bigger ones" she noted "but I've seen more work from other countries told by other nationalities, and we never would have had that 10 years ago, ever. It brings people together in a way that really, you know, we're getting more and more divided, and yet, we have the streamers that are able to blend our stories together and go, look: same story, just different."
Honestly, it's a great thing that Bullock is still a part of the industry because, in a 2018 interview with USA Today, she revealed that she almost quit acting due to the prevailing sexism.
"My career has been a domino effect of people who said, 'I would like this person to fill this role,'" she shared. "And not just in the industry, but people in my life. My mother raised me like, 'You don't need to get married, you forge your own path. You make your own money, and be your own person.' And I literally went out into the world thinking there was no disparity, that everyone was equal, and I can do whatever a man can do," expressed Bullock.
But later in her career, she experienced a "wake-up moment, where I was like, 'What is this feeling? Why do I feel so [expletive]?'" She added, "'Oh my God, I'm being treated this way because I have a vagina.' It was hard for me because I walked with blinders on through life and got to where I [felt] like I was less than because I was a woman."
"And that was a hard pill to swallow. I had a lot of sadness from that. I was like, 'Wow, maybe I need to step out of here. Maybe I need to do something else for a living.' And that was in the middle of when I was getting work — I didn't want to be a part of that world where there was that experience," she shared.
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