Hollywood A-Lister Sandra Bullock sat down with Today Co-Host Hoda Kotb for an interview that will air on Monday’s show. The two women have a unique alliance, both sharing the experience of adoption to start families of their own.
Kotb, who adopted her 15-month-old daughter Haley Joy in February 2017 said to the Ocean’s 8 actress, “You don’t even know who you’ve inspired.”
The 53-year-old actress is a mother of two. Sandra adopted her daughter Laila, 5 ½ at the age of 3-years-old in December 2015 and her son Louis, 8, who she welcomed in January 2010 when he was just 3 ½ months old. Both of Bullock’s children were adopted from the state of Louisiana.
Bullock who is usually composed broke down in tears when opening up to Hoda about the special responsibility when becoming an adoptive parent, “You’re a forever parent the minute you accept the love of that child.”
The actress recently opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about the dynamics between Louie and Laila. She revealed that her son Louie is a doting big brother to Laila and is very protective of her. “He wanted his sister and he knew she was his sister, but now there are moments when they want to kill each other.” Bullock also explained that her son is the probable one to antagonize his sister between the two. She joked, “But I like that about her. I like that she’ll take a knife and cut a guy.”
The Oscar winner also spoke in the June issue of InStyle Magazine speaking on the advocacy of adoption and how she feels that we as a community must end the phrase “my adopted child.”
“Look: I’m all for Republican, Democrat, whatever, but don’t talk to me about what I can or can’t do with my body until you’ve taken care of every child who doesn’t have a home or is neglected or abused. It makes me teary-eyed,” she said.
“Let’s all just refer to these kids as ‘our kids.’ Don’t say, ‘my adopted child.’ No one calls their kid their ‘IVF child’ or their ‘Oh, s—, I went to a bar and got knocked up child.’ Let’s just say, ‘our children.’”