“That always has a witch’s hat attached to it”: Sandra Bullock Blamed Disney for Ruining Her Motherhood Before Meeting Leigh Anne Tuohy for ‘The Blind Side’ 

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Sandra Bullock Blamed Disney for Ruining Her Motherhood Before Meeting Leigh Anne Tuohy for ‘The Blind Side’ 

Following the decades-long influence of Disney classics, pop culture tells us that stepmothers are generally mean, evil, and even bloodthirsty. As a result, stepmothers are often portrayed in a negative light but this stereotype couldn’t have been further from the truth in Sandra Bullock’s case.

Being married to Jesse James back in the 2000s, who had his own three kids, the actress once opened up about the stereotypes surrounding stepmothers following Disney’s impact. But things would change after she took on the role of Leigh Anne Tuohy, with which she deeply connected.

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Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Blind Side Helped Sandra Bullock Overcome Disney Stereotypes

While Disney animated classics like Cinderella and Snow White have painted stepmothers in a pretty bad light, the real-life story Leigh Anne Tuohy deeply resonated with Sandra Bullock.  Bullock’s The Blind Side follows Mrs. Tuohy’s real-life story of adopting a homeless African-American teenager (Michael Oher) and helping him join the NFL. Even though Bullock expressed that the status of stepmothers in pop culture usually involves evilness following Disney’s impact on the industry, working on The Blind Side helped her embrace the beauty of motherhood.

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“I’m a stepmother, which because of Disney always has a witch’s hat attached to it,” Bullock told Entertainment Weekly. “But wanting the best for someone — especially when they’re a child — I think should be an innate part of all of us.”

Not long after the film’s success and her divorce from Jesse James, Bullock would go on to adopt two of her own children, Louis and Leila, in 2010 and 2015 respectively,

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Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sandra Bullock
Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock Was Initially Hesitant About Playing Leigh Anne Tuohy

Although playing the role of Leigh Anne Tuohy in the heartwarming story worked out quite well for the Oscar-winning actress, Sandra Bullock wasn’t on board with the idea from the get-go. Following the wholesome nature of the family tale, revolving around Mrs. Tuohy’s motherly love, the actress initially assumed that the project would be “schmaltzy and soft”. But her viewpoint shifted after spending a day with the real Leigh Anne Tuohy, realizing Mrs. Tuohy was anything but soft.

“At the end of the day, Leigh Anne took a little hand pistol out of her glove compartment and said, ‘Y’all just need to carry one of these,”‘ Bullock told EW. “I kid you not. If you’re her friend, she would stop at nothing to get done what she needed to get done for you. If you’re her enemy, forget about it — you’re going to wish you were dead.”

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The Blind Side (2009)
The Blind Side (2009)

In recent times, Sandra Bullock has taken a step back from showbiz to focus on her private life and her two kids, succeeding in tearing apart Disney stereotypes to shreds.

The Blind Side is available to rent on Apple TV.

Source: Entertainment Weekly.

Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with Batman and The Everly Brothers. Apart from pursuing animation and analyzing movies, he possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a content writer at Fandomwire with over 800 articles.