Sandra Bullock gets teary-eyed in Matt Lauer 'Today' interview
Sandra Bullock has demonstrated that she's made of sterner stuff after her ex-husband Jesse James' cheating scandal broke followed by their divorce.
The Oscar winner has landed on her feet, and in an interview with Matt Lauer on "Today" Tuesday morning (Aug. 31), she shows poise and high spirits when discussing her love of New Orleans, the work she's doing for the Warren Easton Charter High School and her adopted 7-month-old son Louis.
At 46, Bullock is glowing with newfound passion and purpose and credits friends "filled with massive amounts of integrity" for helping her maintain her privacy in difficult times. "They know if they screw up ... I will cut them," she jokes.
The actress is much beloved by the American public, but New Orleans has adopted her as one of their own. The only time Bullock wavers during the interview is when Lauer reveals that he was instructed by a local New Orleans journalist, "Do me a favor. Be nice to Sandra because she to us here is a hero."
"Wow," she says, visibly moved. "It's making me teary."
School board member Arthur Hardy echoes his fellow citizen's sentiment, "This whole city has fallen in love with her. She belongs to us. Don't mess with Sandra. It's like: You hurt her, you hurt us. You better be ready for a fight."
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