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Sandra Bullock

Actress, 'The Proposal'

Never count a good comedian out. Sandra Bullock recently racked up her best bow by far at age 44, and she did it with a romantic comedy that called upon her to strip down to her birthday suit.

Even Bullock, who had to be talked into “The Proposal,” admits she has been pleasantly surprised by its success. Before the movie opened, she confessed mixed feelings about the genre so closely identified with her thanks to movies such as “Miss Congeniality” and “While You Were Sleeping.”

“I am always surprised when something I’m in does well,” admits the famously down-to-earth thesp, who restores buildings in her spare time.

Although Bullock has received strong notices for dramatic work in pics such as “Crash,” and enjoyed her second-best opener two years ago with thriller “The Premonition,” she remains best known for her light comedic touch and accessible girl-next-door quality.

She has two more comedies on the way — “All About Steve,” with Bradley Cooper, and sports-themed “The Blind Side” — but says she will continue to seek dramatic roles.

“I will always mix,” Bullock explains. “I don’t want to get tired of anything, so I’ll always move to something the opposite of what I just did.”

She does concede that her faith in comedies has been restored lately thanks to a couple of good scripts with funny femme characters. But even if there are no more laugh-out-loud screenplays on the horizon, all will not be lost.

Bullock quips, “I always have my water ballet background to fall back on.”

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