You Asked, Sandra Answered
You Asked, Sandra Answered
Any roles you wanted but didn’t get?
Mary M., Brooklyn
There haven't been any roles that I wanted that I didn't get, but there was a movie I wish I had done: The Matrix. At the time amp#91;I was approached about itamp#93;, it wasn't cast with Keanu amp#91;Reevesamp#93;, and I didn't see myself with the person they wanted amp#91;in itamp#93;. Later I saw the movie and loved it. It was sexy and great because of Carrie-Anne amp#91;Mossamp#93; and Keanu.
Is it true you have a diet cheat day?
Emily D., Providence, RI
I start Friday night and I end Saturday night. But it is not so regimented. I'll make lists of what I want to eat this week or next week. I was in the store Marfa and they had this dark chocolate with bacon in it so I've gotta try that! I eat really well because I can afford to. Like last night I had brown rice and black beans and some steamed vegetables so today I'm going to have all kinds of good stuff! I love sweets, like Viennese pastry, raw cookie dough, or a nice bowl of Lucky Charms with milk that I eat in bed watching SNL. That's heaven right there!
Any advice for a girl who feels ugly?
Elizabeth D., N.Y.C.
Welcome to my broken nose! amp#91;Her sister accidentally broke it while lifting a garage door when they were younger.amp#93; …I was rejected in school because I didn't look like the big-breasted, beautiful girls. I was awkward and sad. My mother always said, "Be original!" but I didn't understand until I changed to be like everyone else. Once I fit in, I was like, What have I done? I realized that my friends before were much cooler, with a great sense of humor and a way of looking at the world that was more fun. But if I hadn't gone through that, I wouldn't have been driven to make my oddities cool. It's what made me have a sense of humor and thick skin. It's like in All About Steve-I'm making fun of everything people have judged me for and put it into one character.
All About Steve, Bullock's new movie, opens March 6th.
The first thing you splurged on?
Jenni H., Jersey City, NJ
It was a black BMW for my mom and dad. I gave it to them on Christmas. I remember seeing my mom's face, it was pouring rain in D.C. and I drove it up to the front of the house with a big ribbon on it. I actually just bought it back from my dad. He was going trade it in and I was like "I want that car!"
The best thing about having a sister?
Allie P., Boston, M
I feel like women are pitted up against each other, they aren't raised to support and love each other like men are in sports. But I have a sister amp#91;Gisene, who is 38amp#93; who is there for me and loves me... People will see us and say we are so different but then they'll sit with us and see we're so connected. There's total support.
How do you stay in shape?
Aus J., Brooklyn
People ask, "How do actresses do it?" Um, they pay us to do this in order to look good on film. I do Pilates, kickboxing, weight training. When I'm in Austin, I run or ride a bike. If I can work out every day, I will. But there are times when I won't do anything for two weeks, and I'm, like, you know what? I talk enough to burn calories.
Best memories from visiting Germany?
Rachel F., Philadelphia, PA
There's a market in Nuremberg where we would go and for a whole month around Christmas. It still gives me a nice childhood feeling. It's from the turn of the century and they have roasted chestnuts and bratwurst. I also just bought a painting at an auction house that looks like a Bavarian house. It was done a hundred years ago and it had holes in it but I didn't care I had to have that painting. I hung it over my bed and now there's a great feeling in the room.
Most memorable fashion moment?
David M., Los Angeles
My wedding dress. It was beautifully handcrafted, with elegant French lace. Angel Sanchez designed it, and every time I'd try it on, he'd say, "Sandra, please amp#91;loseamp#93; five pounds!" I apologize, Angel. I didn't give him those five pounds, but guess what? That round, shiny, happy person was me.