Sandra Bullock is still traumatized by her house invasion in 2014.
The Birdbox actor talked about the traumatic experience while performing in Talk at the Red Table with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris on Wednesday.
“My house was broken into while I was in it,” Bullock said, adding that after all the crime TV shows she watched, she was “in the closet saying, ‘This will end badly.’
Luckily for Bullock, the infiltration happened the night her son was staying with his nanny at her house.
“It was the very night our nanny said, ‘Let me just take him to my apartment, which is across the street, because you are going to be late,” the actor explained. “If he was at home, I would run to the toilet, which is now my office closet, but this was his bedroom … and that would change our destiny forever.”
This did indeed disrupt her future, as Bullock said the invasion was a “violation” that changed everything from that day on.
“After that, I was no longer the same. I was lost, ”she said, adding later. “I haven’t been alone since the day it happened.”
The attacker, Joshua James Corbett, eventually dropped out of contesting the stalking and robbery charges. He later committed suicide during an altercation with a special forces unit in 2018.
After the incident, Bullock sought treatment for PTSD, which she did not immediately understand.
“I didn’t understand what PTSD was. I was looking to the left, out of the car, not to the right. I looked to the left and started crying, ”she said. “And I thought to myself that I am the only parent, and this child is not going to absorb anything but fear, trauma and shame from me in the most decisive periods of his life. And I thought I don’t want to put this baggage on my beautiful girl. ”
She eventually began eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy (EMDRT), a treatment option for PTSD that Prince Harry had also been exposed to and talked about.
Bullock talked about the conversation with his therapist and relived the moments when she heard the intruder knock on the door.
To learn more about Bullock’s experience with EMDRT and what she learned about herself during her treatment, watch the video below, starting at minute 17:
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