I seem to have attracted everyone whose intentions were not the best."A June 1997 profile recounts Bullock as having some professional and personal issues on the set of the legal drama as well, in part because of the breakdown of her relationship with Padilla."I had to look at myself and go, 'I'm responsible for so many things now, what am I choosing to hold close to my heart? ' You learn what you're made of," she cryptically reflected to the magazine."I could have thrown in the towel, or I could just put my head down and say, 'OK, give me a windbreaker, I'm going in.' And it was beautiful to realize that your friends are not just hanging in for the good times."I'm just saying go out and have a conversation and know that they find you attractive and go, 'Okay, I'm not the piece of trash that I thought I was two days ago.' Allow yourself a week or two to eat bonbons and be depressed but then make your friends take you out. I've never been in a place that I couldn't get out of.The worst parts of being dumped or breaking up is the night time, going to sleep and wanting to fall asleep and wondering where they are every second of the time."That being said, Bullock didn't believe that rebounding was going to solve all her problems. Yes, sometimes you stay in a place for a while because you're trying to figure out.There's nobody that means more to me, and I know for a fact that I mean the most to him, in that certain way.I can't explain why things worked out the way they did.(Though, praise be, she still loves laughing at rumors.)So here's a walk down relationship-memory lane, with Sandra herself as our guide: in 1995, her voice reportedly trembling with emotion."It's like they say, there's one person in your life, and Tate and I are closer than any two people I've ever experienced in my life.
He brought out everything in me that was good, that was bad, that was suppressed," she told Barbara Walters in 1996, explaining how she had always held people at arm's length prior to dating Donovan. And knowing him was the greatest gift to myself and to my personality—and to my work, in sort of opening the door."The actress shot down Walters' suggestion that perhaps it was her fame surpassing Donovan's that helped bring about the end. Because two good, honest people, just because it doesn't work doesn't mean they can't stay friends..doesn't make anybody the bad guy.
On if she was dating Mc Conaughey (who also is said to have romanced Ashley Judd, who played his wife, during filming), she said, point blank, "No, we are not." But, she added jovially, "whatever woman gets him is going to have to get by me."But by 2003, she didn't correct when Mc Conaughey was referred to her as her ex-boyfriend. No matter where he is in his life or where I am in mine—he could be married—I know we would stay close."Sure enough, they've remained friends (Bullock's been seeing hanging out with Mc Conaughey's wife, Camila Alves) and he joined Keanu Reeves and Hugh Grant in feting the foxy star at the 2014 Guys' Choice Awards, when she was given Spike TV's Decade of Hotness honor. I'm like, 'I lllllllllloooooo...'" she trailed off. I've said 'I adore you,' and that was my way of, like, saying...because it felt the same and I meant exactly that...
Asked how they managed to stay friends, she said, "It's the work we both put in. During the nearly two decades when Austin, Texas, was her home base, Bullock quietly dated the Austin-based musician from around 1999 until 2001—but the union of his songs and her films transcended the time constraints of their relationship. (Kinda like she did with Mc Conaughey, she's said to have helped put Schneider on the map.)"As celebrities go, Bob and I have a very low-key relationship. It's something I learned through trial and error," Bullock dished to in 2000. But then Bob and I talk German all the time to each other, which is terribly funny because I'm so bad at it.
I don't know anybody who'd want to get involved with me right now, and be put through all the strain, because I have no idea what all the repercussions might be.
I couldn't possibly imagine anybody wanting to be there unless they were a thrill seeker." She added, smiling, "But if somebody does, and they're really secure with that, and they want to be in my life for the long haul, like a 12-year dating process before we start really seeing each other..." was close to wrapping production, Bullock admitted she'd been seeing someone for about 10 months."Really sweet person," she described the then-nameless lucky guy.