You became so active in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina — you even bought a home there!
Sandra Bullock, you shocked EVERYONE today when you announced that you secretly adopted 3½-month-old Louis Bardo Bullock from New Orleans — but it’s really just the latest in a long list of ways you’ve shown your love for the troubled city! “New Orleans for both of us [herself and husband Jesse James] was a place that we loved, a place that had a lot of history for the both of us and a place I couldn’t let go of,” you told People. “I don’t know why there was always something in my head about New Orleans and a child, but I am blessed and lucky that there was.”
Here are just a few of the many ways Sandra has shown her love for New Orleans:
- Sandra purchased a 6,000 square-foot home in the Garden District of New Orleans in late 2009.
- She also donated $25,000 to the Warren Easton Senior High School Charter Foundation in 2009, which went towards scholarships for students attending the New Orleans institution.
- She hosted a major red-carpet premiere of The Blind Side in New Orleans in Nov. 2009, even though the movie was neither set nor shot there. As it turns out, the author of the original Blind Side novel was from New Orleans, and Sandra used the premiere as another fundraising opportunity for the city.
- Though it was eventually shot in Shreveport, La., Sandra initially wanted to film her 2007 movie Premonition in New Orleans. “I want to be in the middle of the United States,” Sandra said of her choice. “I love New Orleans. Let’s shoot there!”