August 31st, 2010
11:55 AM ET
After laying low for the better part of 2010, Sandra Bullock gave her first televised, sit-down interview on the "Today" show this morning.
The philanthropist and new mom to adopted son Louis, who Bullock calls a “little Cajun cookie,” spoke with Matt Lauer in New Orleans about life after her split with Jesse James.
However, the motorcycle mogul’s name wasn’t mentioned during Lauer’s time with Bullock. Instead, the “Today” host focused on the new man in Bullock’s life: her son.
“The process is the way that the process is for very, very good reasons,” Bullock said. “And I did not circumvent. I wanted to do everything exactly the same way everyone else did. It was nice to have someone say, ‘I think you’re a fit parent,’ which is what I heard.”
When asked how she knew she would be paired with the right child, Bullock said, “Everything works out the way the universe wants it to work out. And we always said that it didn’t matter where the child came from. The child that needed us and the home is the child that’s going to be placed.”
Bullock added: “He has a healthy poop schedule.” Just in case you were wondering.
But how did the actress manage to hide the adoption from gossip-hungry tabloids?
“To keep a secret, it takes good people with integrity,” she said. “I was blessed with the same friends I’ve had since before things got really special for me and blessed in life, and when things got bad, they’re still the same friends.”
Bullock also talked about her work with a New Orleans high school and board member Arthur Hardy, who sat in on the interview.
Hardy told Lauer that, despite not believing it was Bullock on the phone the first time she called, she has helped completely turn the school around.
“This whole city has fallen in love with her,” Hardy said. “She belongs to us. Don’t mess with Sandra.”
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