Sandra Bullock opened up about her motherhood journey and society’s view of a white woman adopting Black children in the latest episode of Red Table Talk.
The actress, 57, adopted her first child Louis in 2010 and then adopted daughter Laila in 2015.
“As a white parent who loves her children more than life itself, I’m scared of everything. I know I’m laying all kinds of existential anxiety on them. I have to think about what they’re gonna experience leaving the home,” Bullock told co-hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and Willow Smith.
“At one point, sweet, funny Lou is gonna be a young man. And the minute he leaves my home, I can’t follow him everywhere, though I will try,” Bullock continued.
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She later talked about wishing she had the same skin color as her children so things would be “easier.”
“And to say that I wish our skins matched, sometimes I do. Because then it would be easier on how people approach us. It’s our anxiety. It’s our fear. It’s our cross to bear the minute you become a mom. And I have the same feelings as a woman with brown skin with it being her babies or a white woman with, you know, white babies,” she said.
Willow comforted her by saying, “It’s the mother-child dynamic. It has no color. We don’t have to put a color on a mother.”
Although Bullock is notoriously private about her personal life, especially her children, the Bird Box actress also discussed how she got PTSD after a stalking incident in 2014 in which an intruder got into her house.
Watch the full episode of Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk below: