"I think she's enjoying the role of being the mother," he tells PEOPLE
Sandra Bullock, who recently added to her brood by adopting 3½-year-old daughter Laila, loves being a mom so much that a recent costar says he wouldn’t be surprised to see more children in her future.
“I’m not [surprised] by the adoption. I’d say this is maybe not the last,” Bullock’s Our Brand Is Crisis costar Joaquim de Almeida told PEOPLE Thursday at a luncheon honoring Michael Douglas, who received the 2016 AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.
He adds, “I think she’s enjoying the role of being the mother a lot. Congratulations to her!”
Laila, a little girl from Louisiana who had been in foster care, joins big brother Louis, 5, who Almeida says has no clue what his mom does for a living.
“I spent quite a bit of time with Sandra when we shot the movie, and I met Louis,” de Almeida says. “He was certainly a recipient of a lot of love by Sandra.”
The actor recalled a day when Bullock and Louis entered a house where his character in the movie lived, and Louis scrunched up his face when he saw de Almeida. “He said, ‘Huh? Still in your pajamas at this time in the afternoon?’ … at 4 or 5 years old,” the actor says with a laugh.
Bullock, he says, “came in and said, ‘He doesn’t know what we do!’ He has no idea what she does. She’s a really caring mother. She’s a caring person in life. That’s very important. She’s lovely to work with. She’s a person with so much success, and the success has not gone to her head. She keeps it very simple and kindness emanates from her.”
de Almeida, a Hollywood veteran of some 90 films and TV shows, has done some parenting of his own. His son Lourenço is an aspiring actor and attended the lunch with his father, Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Blythe Danner, Glenn Close and Paul Rudd. The lunch was hosted by AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins and Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner and featured a discussion between Douglas and Robert Love, Editor-in-Chief of AARP The Magazine.
Says the junior de Almeida, “He was always a great dad, although he lived overseas. Everyone talks being an actor’s a hard life, you have to move a lot, [but] it was even harder for him because he decided to have his family in Portugal. He was always able to manage it.”
But, he adds semi-jokingly, “He’s still very cynical about my career.”
— Sara Hammel