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Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson only worked together for the first time in this summer’s Ocean’s 8, but the actresses share a connection that they say feels like decades of friendship.
Bullock, 54, and Paulson, 44, teamed up again for the new Netflix thriller Bird Box, in which they play sisters thrust into the beginning of apocalyptic chaos. When it came time for Bullock and director Susanne Bier to pick who would play her sibling, the two came up with the same name.
“When we were talking about who would play the role of my sister [Bier] said, ‘It has to be someone who you will miss terribly and you can see in a very short time that you’re sisters,’ ” Bullock says in the latest issue of PEOPLE. “So when she called and said I want to talk to you about somebody, she says, ‘What do you think about Sarah Paulson?’ I was like, ‘I had literally had the same thought.’ And the fact that we were able to get her given the fact that she works 364 days a year was a tiny baby miracle.”
The Oscar winner says that it’s hard for actors to build such a strong connection in the short amount of time they have before shooting. For Paulson and Bullock, that bond was immediately there when they stepped onto the Ocean’s 8 set months before.
“We connected when we did Ocean’s, it just felt like there was a shorthand that was there by the time that we met for the first time,” Bullock says. “I don’t know why that is, it just is.”
“I think the goal is to make it somewhat believable that we had you know, a lifetime of sisterhood, which we don’t and we didn’t, but we had really bonded from that last ‘picture,’ as they used to call it in olden times,” Paulson says.
The fast friends act like sisters even when they’re not on camera and often lovingly tease each other. But they’re sincere about their admiration for each other.
“The hardest part is to look at a fellow actor and believe what they’re giving you in silence, and I can just look at her and I get the entire mood, I get the feeling,” Bullock says of Paulson. “It makes you better because you are reacting to it, rather than having to muster it up yourself.”
For Paulson, it’s Bullock’s endless capacity for kindness off camera that she admires most.
“She’s an incredible mother, she’s an incredible girlfriend, she’s one of the producers, she takes care of every single actor on the set, she knows every member of the crew, she’s genuinely interested,” Paulson says. “It was an incredible thing.”
She continues, “And also, I think she’s one of the most moving actresses of anybody that’s ever been on screen. Not only does she make you laugh uproariously but she can literally crack your heart open with one look, because she’s a truth teller as a performer.”
Bird Box starts streaming on Netflix Friday.
NY Post — Sarah Paulson is best known for her role as the determined lawyer Marcia Clark on FX’s miniseries “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and is a regular on Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story.” Now, Paulson is playing Sandra Bullock’s sister in new apocalyptic movie “Bird Box,” opening on Netflix and at the IFC Center Dec. 21, about a spontaneous wave of mass suicides brought on by invisible creatures.
Here, Paulson tells The Post about filming the frightful flick.
This is one of the most emotionally brutal movies of the year. Have you seen the final product?
I don’t watch anything I do. I have a sheer perfectionist streak, and I tend to be incredibly hard on myself. I used to watch it all because it was such an extraordinary thing to me that I was being hired to do this, and I was making my living as an actor. When I did “[The] People v. O.J. Simpson,” I decided I was not going to watch myself [anymore]. I didn’t think I could watch [Marcia Clark] lose. Also, as I said, I’m a perfectionist and Marcia Clark is left-handed. I’m a right-handed person, and I just knew I was going to see all the moments where I pick something up with the wrong hand.
You and Sandra Bullock also worked together in “Ocean’s 8.” Are you pals off-screen?
We’d met once at an awards show in a very brief way years ago, and we didn’t really meet properly until we were going to start “Ocean’s 8.” She came to the hotel where I was staying. And we had lunch and we just talked and yakked and it became clear that we shared a similar sensibility and humor. It became easy for us to needle each other all the time the way sisters do. It was she who came to me and said, “Would you play my sister in this movie? It’s not a big part, but it would really mean a lot to me.” She brings so much integrity and soul to everything she does. I think she’s one of our great actresses. She paid me a lot of money to say that, by the way.
You tend to play serious roles. Would you ever want to do a comedy?
I would love to do one. The truth is in Hollywood you tend to get hired to play a particular thing, and that’s the only thing you’re asked to do. And there are so many people who have wider ranges than anyone knows. I think not a lot of people know that I have a funny bone, and having not been asked to do it I started to get a complex.
There’s a massive disaster scene in the middle of a city. What was filming that like?
Walking into traffic. That’s not something I, uh, ever wanted to do. But there’s sort of a sweet thing. I remember Sandy [and I], we had to crawl out of that car. And right before we did the bit where I had to walk into traffic, Sandy did the sweetest thing: She’d be holding my hand and she’d just squeeze it, like she didn’t want to say goodbye. I’m sure it was an involuntarily, unconscious thing she was doing, but it was very, very sweet. And it helped me.
Netflix just released the first trailer for Bird Box, which is directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier,who is known for the Oscar-nominated “After the Wedding”
When a mysterious force decimates the world’s population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. Facing the unknown, Malorie finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they’ll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded. Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock leads an all-star cast that includes Trevante Rhodes, with Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich in BIRD BOX, a compelling new thriller from Academy Award® winner Susanne Bier.
“Bird Box” is available on Netflix and in select theaters on December 21.