Sandra Bullock thinks her role in sci-fi drama Gravity is “revolutionary” for women in film.
The 49-year-old actress plays medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone opposite George Clooney as veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in a story about two space shuttle crewmembers set adrift in space after debris disables their spacecraft.
Director Alfonso Cuarón also wrote the feature with his son, filmmaker Jonás Cuarón, and Sandra admits the fact that the pair penned the screenplay with a female lead in mind marked a rare opportunity.
“It wasn’t an afterthought. I think it was the integral part of the story. I don’t want to say that’s revolutionary, but it’s revolutionary. And the fact that a studio, on blind faith, would fund something as unknown as this is revolutionary,” she told Collider.
“I was always longing to do, emotionally and physically, what my male counterparts always got to do. I just felt envious, every time I saw a movie that I was in awe of, and it was usually a male lead. And those kinds of roles weren’t available. They just weren’t being written,” Sandra explained.
The thespian has noticed meaty roles going to more women in recent years. However, she insists progress still needs to be made in the motion picture industry.
“So in the last couple of years, whether it was by us searching for something and turning it into a female character, or developing it yourself, you weren’t seeing it. But in the last couple of years, things have shifted,” she said.
The Oscar-winner described being a part of the project as “humbling”.
Looking back at her time filming, she feels fortunate to have been part of such a talented cast and to have worked alongside skilled crew members.
“It makes you realize, “I have to step up and be the best version of myself, so that whatever is asked of me, I can produce. So, every day, I’m so grateful,” she said.
Gravity is scheduled to hit cinemas next month.
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