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Sandra Bullock: Is society too scared, too safe?

Sandra Bullock has spoken about how her political views are molded by family members.

Sandra Bullock has questioned whether people are willing to “step out of their comfort zone” to benefit the greater good.

The 51-year-old actress portrays political strategist ‘Calamity’ Jane Bodine in her new movie Our Brand Is Crisis.

Sandra is mother to African-American son Louis, who she adopted in 2010. And during a press conference for Our Brand Is Crisis held in Los Angeles on Friday 16 October (15), Sandra claimed just because she isn’t “politically vocal” all the time doesn’t mean societal issues are not on her mind.

"I just want what's best for our country," she said, according to People magazine. "I would like my rights represented and those of my son – very selfish views and I think everyone else has them. When this film came along, it came along at a time that I was having that internal discussion with myself about who in our country would step out of their comfort zone to help others for the greater good."

Sandra is unsure on what must be done to create a more equal society.

She believes American citizens have come to a point in history where comfort might be dulling the senses.

"What people would still get together and protest for the greater good? Have we all gotten too scared and too safe?" she asked.

Sandra has credited her late mother Helga with doing “things that were definitely ahead of her time, as a woman”, especially in regards to politics.

Due to parental influence when Sandra reached adulthood equality was deeply ingrained in her and she was shocked by encountering people who did not share similar views.

"I never realised that there were limitations where I was looked at as less than until I was actually pretty deep in this business and I had a pretty unsettling moment, and I went 'Oh my god, I'm being treated this way because I'm female,' " she shared. “I grew up to be exactly who I was supposed to be and have the opinions I wanted to have and didn't realise there were limitations to that. So I thought, politically, I was pretty open minded and could speak my mind and then I realised I wasn't supposed to."

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