This is an extract from our cover story with Sandra Bullock. For more stories like this, pick up the July issue of InStyle Australia, available now.
Sandra Bullock is standing—well, swaying, actually—in the “sexy-time music room,” a cozy space in her L.A. home that boasts modern chairs, sleek lamps, and lots of furry throws. Prince’s “When Doves Cry” is playing in the background. The room’s vibe, she says, “centers around this amazing Shinola turntable I was given by—and I’m gonna name-drop here—Jen Aniston. She’s so effing generous.” Bullock takes a few moments to let herself really feel the beat. “It’s so good, isn’t it?” she asks. “It gets you. There’s nothing like that needle on the record.”
The Oscar-winning actress, producer, philanthropist, restaurant owner, real-estate tycoon, and mum is psyched to be taking a breath again and feeling the music. After shooting films back-to-back, she’s ready to enjoy some downtime with her kids, Louis, 8, and Laila, 5, and her photographer boyfriend, Bryan Randall. “He’s super kind,” she tells me later. “For the kids he’s sort of No. 1.” She raises her hand above her head. “And I’m No. 2.” She puts her hand at chest height. “But I get it because he’s more fun and has better treats.”
We’re here to talk about Ocean’s 8, out now, a spin-off of the popular Ocean’s Eleven series. Bullock, 53, plays Debbie Ocean, sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney). Fresh out of jail, Debbie recruits a group of kickass women to pull off a heist at New York’s Met Gala.
For our chat, Bullock sits cross-legged on the floor in her family room while behind her the March for Our Lives is muted on the television.
Glynis Costin: Back in 1996 you told InStyle that you loved to dance. And you said D’Angelo’s “Brown Sugar” made you go into “Sandy world.” Are you still dancing?
Sandra Bullock: Always! Well, I’m not at a club hitting it hard anymore, but I was with some friends recently, and we said, “Let’s have a party for no reason. No cameras. Where you can dance like nobody’s watching.” So we found this DJ—DJ Stormy—and she nailed it. And last night we were dancing here. We put vinyl on the turntable and let the kids go for it. We watched them feel the music and do their own thing. I was like, “Please, God, let this never go away!”
GC: Let’s talk about Ocean’s 8. It looks like it must have been such fun to work on.
SB: I always said I want what the guys get to have—whether I’m doing an action movie, a comedy, or a sexy heist film. I’m like, “Why can’t we ladies have that?” I told Jerry Weintraub [the film’s original producer, who died in 2015] I don’t care who it’s with as long as the ladies are all lovers of women and we get back the character Yen [Shaobo Qin, the contortionist from the Ocean’s Eleven films]. I just want Yen.
GC: You’re good friends with Clooney. How did it feel to play his sister?
SB: George and I have known each other since before we had careers. He was always the funniest dude in the room. He would have a little tequila and do a wicked Buddy Hackett impression that would make you wet yourself.