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Sandra Bullock reflects on raising adopted African-American kids 'wishes' their skin 'matched'


‘I wished our skins matched sometimes’: Sandra Bullock reflects on raising her adopted African-American kids and notes it would be ‘easier on how people approach us’

  • Sandra Bullock talked about parenting on Tuesday’s Red Table Talk
  • The actress said she ‘sometimes’ wished she matched her children’s skin
  • She has two adopted African-American children, Louis, 11, and Laila, eight 
  • ‘It would be easier on how people approach us,’ she told Jada Pinkett Smith 










Sandra Bullock is discussing her experience being a parent to her two adopted African-American children.

In a Red Table Talk interview on Tuesday, the Oscar winner said she ‘sometimes’ wished she and her children’s skin color ‘matched’ because it would be ‘easier’ on how people perceive them as a family.

‘To say that I wished our skins matched… sometimes I do,’ the 57-year-old star confessed, as Jada Pinkett Smith and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris agreed. 

The Blind Side actress has a son Louis, 11, who she adopted in 2010 when he was 3½ months old, and a daughter Laila, eight, who she adopted from a Louisiana foster home when the child was three in 2015.

Parenting: Sandra Bullock says she 'sometimes' wishes she 'matched' her adopted African-American children's skin (Pictured with daughter Laila, eight, last year on Red Table Talk)

Parenting: Sandra Bullock says she ‘sometimes’ wishes she ‘matched’ her adopted African-American children’s skin (Pictured with daughter Laila, eight, last year on Red Table Talk) 

‘Because then it would be easier on how people approach us. And I have the same feelings as a woman with brown skin, and it being her babies. Or a white woman with white babies,’ Bullock continued in the short clip. 

Jada’s daughter Willow Smith then interjected in the conversation saying: ‘It’s the mother-child dynamic. There is no color. We don’t have to put a color on…’

Bullock cut in, replying to Willow: ‘Maybe one day that will go away. Maybe one day we will be able to see with different eyes.’ 

Discussion: Sandra appears on the Tuesday edition of Red Table Talk

Discussion: Sandra appears on the Tuesday edition of Red Table Talk 

In agreement: Jada Pinkett Smith was seen agreeing with Sandra's sentiment

In agreement: Jada Pinkett Smith was seen agreeing with Sandra’s sentiment 

Advice: Jada's mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris also understood Sandra's viewpoint

Advice: Jada’s mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris also understood Sandra’s viewpoint 

The full interview on the topic has yet to be released.

In 2015, Bullock spoke to Glamour Magazine about her anxiety in anticipating the racism her son could face.

‘You see how far we’ve come in civil rights – and where we’ve gotten back to now. I want my son to be safe. I want my son to be judged for the man he is,’ she said. 

‘We are at a point now where if we don’t do something, we will have destroyed what so many amazing people have done.’

Adorable: The Speed star adopted Laila from a Louisiana foster care home when her daughter was three in 2015

Adorable: The Speed star adopted Laila from a Louisiana foster care home when her daughter was three in 2015

Doting mom: Sandra adopted son Louis when he was 3½ months old in 2010 (Pictured above in 2013)

Doting mom: Sandra adopted son Louis when he was 3½ months old in 2010 (Pictured above in 2013) 

Last year, Sandra made a rare appearance with her daughter Laila on Red Table Talk for a Mother’s Day special.

Talking about her daughter she said: ‘She is our world superhero. She is going to be the one to save the world in our family.’ 

The Gravity actress has been in a relationship with her partner, photographer Bryan Randall, since 2015.

In 2010, she ended her marriage to ex-husband Jesse James following cheating rumors. 

She adopted her son Louis alone later that year. 

Jada's daughter Willow Smith interjected in the conversation saying: 'It's the mother-child dynamic. There is no color. We don't have to put a color on...'

Jada’s daughter Willow Smith interjected in the conversation saying: ‘It’s the mother-child dynamic. There is no color. We don’t have to put a color on…’

Responding: Bullock replied to Willow, saying, 'Maybe one day that will go away. Maybe one day we will be able to see with different eyes.'

Responding: Bullock replied to Willow, saying, ‘Maybe one day that will go away. Maybe one day we will be able to see with different eyes.’



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