London - Sandra Bullock has played a medical engineer in space in "Gravity" and an undercover FBI agent posing as a beauty pageant model in "Miss Congeniality," but she takes on her first villainous role in the animated "Minions."
In "Minions," a "Despicable Me" spin-off out in theaters on July 10, Bullock supplies the voice of the glamorous Scarlett Overkill, who wants the small yellow minions to help her get the British crown jewels.
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Bullock, 50, spoke to Reuters about playing a baddie.
Q: The reaction to "Minions" at the London premiere was huge. Do you ever take a step back and think millions of people are excited about your work?
A: It was the Minions. I think love like that can only be for little, yellow pill-shaped creatures with eyeballs.
Q: Scarlett Overkill is not exactly a Cruella de Vil-type character.
A: I said I don't want her to be Cruella de Vil. Cruella was perfect for "101 Dalmations."
I loved that they showed (Scarlett) having a loving relationship with her husband, he dug her. They worked as a great team together. I wanted my son to see a couple that was into each other.
Q: Voicework is a long process, how did it change from early sketches to the script?
A: It evolved like crazy every time we went in. Something would dawn on me a year later that wasn't evident before and I'd say 'Can we go back and tweak this?' Sometimes there was time to do it and sometimes there wasn't. But it is a growing process, it's very organic.
Q: As one of Hollywood's leading actresses, do you ever feel pressure to push the boundaries more for women?
A: I always loved pushing roles to be something more than the way they were written, saying women are a little more multidimensional, and I was allowed to do it. I didn't really feel that glass ceiling pushing down on me so hard until I got to a certain level when I should've felt freer, and when it happened I was devastated.
I want my son to grow up in a society where he knows what he knows now at a later time in life, which is all women are equal. There is no difference. Unfortunately that doesn't exist now, but, hopefully, I will do my part as many other millions of women are doing their part, and it'll level out.