The magazine revealed the Oscar-winning actress as the cover girl for their annual issue (“plus 192 other breathtaking beauties”) today.
Bullock, 50, couldn’t help but laugh when she was told she was selected for the honor.
“No, really. I just said, ‘That’s ridiculous,’ ” she confessed. “I’ve told no one.”
Her idea of beauty has a more conceptual undertone than a physical one. She explained, “Real beauty is quiet. Especially in this town, it’s just so hard not to say, ‘Oh, I need to look like that,'”
As a mother to son Louis, age 5, Bullock also sees beauty in another less superficial light. “No, be a good person, be a good mom, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they’re in a bigger hurry,” she added. “The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren’t trying.”
The doting mother spoke about her daily life with Louis, which consists of “carpools, play dates and ‘deep’ conversations,” such as Bullock “listening to him tell me why he was going to marry his girlfriend,” she said. “But then we were having Sunday dinner, and he said he changed his mind. I just told him, ‘Always love those who want to love you back and are nice to you.’ Then we moved back to Legos and ‘Why are you making me eat broccoli?'”
Although she is 100% wrapped around his finger, she told the magazine, “I will never let him know it. We have rules. I let everyone else be the aunties and uncles who spoil him and I’m the one that lays down the law.”
Bullock also explained how Louis isn’t so sure of what her profession is. “He thought I was an astronaut for a while,” she explained, referring to her Oscar-nominated role in Gravity. “I want it to be so inconsequential and such a nonissue. I want him to be embarrassed by me like all other parents.”
Bullock concluded her interview on a sweet note, sharing an anecdote about her love for her son: “I was putting him to bed and told him that even when I’m old and gray and more wrinkly than I am now, I’ll still love him and want to tuck him in,” she says. “And he asked why I have wrinkles, and I said, ‘Well, I hope some of them are from laughing so much.’ And he touched my face and said, ‘You’re not old, you’re just happy.’ ”