KEY POINTS

  • Sandra Bullock praised Netflix for giving opportunities to a wide range of actors and filmmakers
  • The actress said she believes "a lot" of people in the entertainment industry wouldn't be working if it wasn't for Netflix
  • She said shows such as "Squid Game" wouldn't become the phenomenons that they are without the streamer

Sandra Bullock attributes her still-thriving career to Netflix.

The 57-year-old Oscar winner recently launched her new film "The Unforgivable" on the streaming platform, and the drama has since become one of the top 10 most-watched films on Netflix. The new movie joined Bullock's hit 2018 Netflix thriller "Bird Box" on the list.

During the premiere of "The Unforgivable" last month, Bullock praised the streamer in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter for its impact on the film industry by giving opportunities to a wide range of actors and filmmakers.

"They're good to artists. They're good to filmmakers. If it wasn't for Netflix, a lot of people wouldn't be working," she said in the interview, which was published Thursday. "Their stories wouldn't be told. Who would think that me, as a woman, would still be working at this point? I would have been out in the cow pasture. It's true."

Bullock also said that shows such as "Squid Game" wouldn't become the phenomenons that they are without Netflix.

"That’s one of the bigger ones, but I've seen more work from other countries told by other nationalities, and we never would have had that 10 years ago, ever," she explained. "It brings people together in a way that really, you know, we’re getting more and more divided and yet, we have the streamers that are able to blend our stories together and go, look, same story, just different."

Back in 2018, Bullock told USA Today that she almost quit acting due to sexism in Hollywood.

The "Ocean's 8" star described her career as a "domino effect of people who said, 'I would like this person to fill this role,'" noting that this was the case even in her personal life.

She shared that her mother taught her growing up that she didn't need to get married if she didn't want to and that she should forge her own path, make her own money and be her own person. According to the actress, she entered the entertainment industry thinking that "there was no disparity, that everyone was equal, and I can do whatever a man can do."

Later in her career, however, Bullock said she had a "wake-up moment, where I was like, 'What is this feeling? Why do I feel so [expletive]?" She said she realized she was being treated this way because she was a woman.

"It was hard for me, because I walked with blinders on through life and got to where I [felt] like I was less than because I was a woman," she explained.

She continued, "And that was a hard pill to swallow. I had a lot of sadness from that. I was like, 'Wow, maybe I need to step out of here. Maybe I need to do something else for a living.' And that was in the middle of when I was getting work — I didn't want to be a part of that world where there was that experience."

Bullock still has a few movies on the way. She stars opposite Channing Tatum in "The Lost City," which will premiere on March 25. She also stars alongside Brad Pitt and Joey King in "Bullet Train," which will be released on July 15.

Sandra Bullock Is Sandra Bullock ready to marry boyfriend Bryan Randall? Pictured: Actress Sandra Bullock attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Our Brand Is Crisis' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Photo: Getty Images/Tibrina Hobson