Sandra Bullock has made a few movies with supernatural elements, between witchcraft and time travel, but don't tell her that. She doesn't want any connections made between Practical Magic, The Lake House or her new movie, Premonition.
Sandra Bullock on Supernatural and Premonition
"I have only done one movie on time travel," she said. "I have done one movie on days being out of order. I have done one movie about magic. I hate generalizations and I hate when they get lumped together, because to me they are very specific and different. And I want the people who made those films not to be lumped together and their uniqueness to be taken away."
Still, regardless of her film work, one could just casually ask the actress for her own feelings on such occurrences. That, she's happy to talk about. "I don’t think we are the only planet that has life. I do think there is something to human nature, if you want to call it intuitiveness, gut instinct. People who know things that have happened. It’s happened to a lot of people. But I always put it back into this, they call it, how you just put it, it’s almost like it becomes a scientific thing. No one has proof that I know of, that a higher power exists, yet a major portion of the world believes in it and relies on it in faith in trust, in what that is. Where is the science in that? And yet you have incredible belief in that. So, when someone says to me, ‘I’ve had a bad feeling that something is going to happen and then it did.’ I don’t know how to explain it. It can’t be explained by science, but I believe in that happening. I think there is something bigger than we understand, but I don’t think it’s supported and nurtured in people. I think people think you are crazy and unless it can be proved by science, it’s not valid. But I do believe. Twins have it. Twins know what’s happened to each other."
Premonition isn't even really about a premonition. She actually goes back to days before her husband dies, and continues to live days afterwards. But premonitions may play a role in Bullock's life.
"I have pretty good gut instincts. My mother had extraordinary intuition. Extraordinary. I think everyone has it. I don’t think we are raised to embrace it. I really don’t. I have had things tell me not to do something and then I’ve done it and paid for it and listened. I’ve had dreams going, ‘What does that mean?’ And then the dream, what the essence of what it was happened. And I think that happens to everyone. Is that intuition, is that premonition, is that coincidence? I don’t know. But I do know that there are times that I’ve asked for something and I’ve seen it and I look up and go, ‘That’s awesome.’ To me that is beyond my control so I appreciate any help I can get whether it’s the voices in my head or it’s a neighbor, I appreciate it."
That leads to the question: is everything fated? If you have a premonition about something and it happens, does that mean it's unavoidable? "I don’t know about the word, I think the word is just a hard word to say, ‘Do you believe in fate?’ And then you can argue it and discount it, but I said earlier I can look at my life and look at all the things that have happened and go, ‘Ah, I now see why A,B and C happened and I understand why I had to go through that, because here I sit.’ But I do believe that rebirth and when have things have finished their time. I mean for me to get through life and go, ‘What’s the purpose?’ I go when someone passes away I hope there is a really good reason for it, because it’s there to give birth to something else. Because of this event hasn’t happened and gone away, this couldn’t have begun. And that is what I loved about this film is that it was bittersweet, that if one thing didn’t happen the next thing that was supposed to begin in this world couldn’t have arrived. Call it fate, call it whatever it is. But I do think we have a good amount of control of what our life can be. It’s up to us to make our life happy and joyful and what it is supposed to be for us. So I think there is a level of control in that fated end, whatever you want it to be. I can only come from my point-of-view and that was it and that will probably change tomorrow based on what I learn today."
Premonition opens March 16.
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