You will be redirected back to your article in seconds
Bird Box
Bird Box

Sandra Bullock Moms Who See 'Bird Box' Will Think: 'That River Is My Journey as a Parent'

In Netflix’s new post-apocalyptic thriller “Bird Box,” Sandra Bullock plays a mom trying to save her children’s lives after a mysterious force invades the earth and causes people to commit suicide.

In trying to demonstrate how dire their situation is, Bullock’s character tells the kids they “will die” if they don’t follow her strict instructions of what to do and what not to do as they make their escape down a river. But playing this severe character wasn’t a huge leap of faith for Bullock in real life.

“As a mom, you think those thoughts, it’s just a part of your makeup,” Bullock told Variety’s Marc Malkin. She goes on to insist that this expecting and preparing for the worst is a universal fear held by all parents.

“Every Mom will look at this and go, ‘That river is my journey as a parent,'” Bullock insisted.

This slightly severe version of motherhood was exactly what “Bird Box” director, Susanne Bier, was going for. “When I read the script I felt there was the potential to portray a different picture of motherhood than that which is usually portrayed,” Bier told Variety. “I’ve always felt that motherhood is mainly defined by men and for many hundreds of years is automatically thought of as being soft, caring, naturally nurturing, calm,” she says. “There are a lot of things that are part of our idealized vision of motherhood, but I always thought it was much more complex, much more ferocious … I think that’s what Sandra gives it.”

For more news on “Bird Box,” check out our full interview with the director and co-stars Bullock and Trevante Rhodes. 

“Bird Box” is currently airing on Netflix.

More Popular on Variety

  • Kevin Costner

    Kevin Costner on Oscar Netflix Controversy: 'Movies Are for Theaters'

    Kevin Costner has weighed in on the debate brewing over whether movies released on streaming services should be eligible for the Oscars. “I believe in the Oscars. I’m a romantic about our business. I love the theater experience,” the actor told Variety at the SXSW Film Festival. “The sand shifting, I haven’t thought about that [...]

  • Director/Writer/Producer Jordan Peele arrives as Universal

    Jordan Peele on the Message Behind 'Us'

    Jordan Peele thinks you should scared of scissors. The latest horror offering from “Get Out” director, “Us” weapon of choice is a golden pair of scissors, and if you’re not already afraid of this common household object, Peele’s flick may put you over the edge. “You should already be scared of scissors,” Peele told Variety, [...]

Most Popular

Access exclusive content