Betty White Makes Most of ‘Proposal’
Betty White steals every scene she's in during "The Proposal" by doing her never-fail mischievous granny routine. And star Sandra Bullock knows it. "You have to play the straight guy. There's no way you're going to match her."
When the elder actress feels around Bullock's chest for her breasts while altering a baggy wedding dress and declares, "It's like an Easter egg hunt," the line gets them every time. "She was one of the most gentle lovers I've ever had," Bullock jokes. "And I was thankful that she found them."
White has even gone viral, thanks to a mock on-the-set video that has received almost 300,000 views on the humor Web site Funny or Die. She harasses male lead Ryan Reynolds, calling him an "ab-crunching jackass," and sneakily flashes him the finger while being syrupy sweet to Bullock.
What did take Bullock aback was how the life of TV's onetime Happy Homemaker, Golden Girl and game-show queen paralleled hers, a fact she learned while doing publicity with fellow cast members.
"Someone made a comment about your husband and children and all that stuff," she says about White, 87, who found lasting love in her early 40s with "Password" host and widower Allen Ludden after two short-lived marriages. "She said, 'You know what? I never had children biologically. I married someone who had three children. And how blessed I was to have those three stepchildren.' That's exactly what happened to me."
Given how gossip rags are always speculating on whether Bullock is pregnant with her motorcycle mogul husband Jesse James, White's inspirational words struck home. "I went, 'Wow.' When everyone is going 'You should have a baby now,' I'm like, 'I could. Maybe I should. But do I need to?' "
Bullock continues to adjust to life as a stepmom. She and James work closely with his first wife to raise his two older children. "We all parent together," she says. "It's beautiful. It's like synchronized swimming." Daughter Sunny, 5, has been living with her dad and Bullock while his second wife, porn star Janine Lindemulder, serves time for failing to pay taxes.
"I may never hear that word 'mom,' " Bullock says. "But being a parent is not about breeding. It's about caring. And it's easy to say, but it's harder to do. When you don't have that title, you flounder and it hurts. But this is the best test of being a parent. And I just have to keep reminding myself I don't care what I get. I care what I give."