LOS ANGELES – Sandra Bullock played the sexually pent-up, over-informed nerd Mary in the comedy "All About Steve," and the experience of being ridiculed onscreen made her remember her own childhood difficulties.
"Why is that young boys and men are unique and eccentric and mavericks when they're different but women are ‘odd’ when we are eccentric or different? Would I have wished someone would have said to me when I was 12 or eight when I had my speech impediment? Uniqueness is something my mother pounded it into me," Bullock recently told Tarts. "She said be unique and I didn’t understand it then, now I look at it and I go I wouldn’t want to be like anyone else and I know I’m off. I had a lisp as a child, it’s all these things that made me different and I tried to squelch and then once I realized I had squelched them I didn’t feel like myself anymore."
Bullock is so upset with the unwritten rules and regulations in today’s world she wants to spread a strong message to young girls.
"Don’t change, be who you are. Society is really strong in their opinions so I made peace with the fact that the things I thought were weaknesses or flaws were just me," she added. "Why are we forcing people to follow another person’s path in life taking away their real happiness? What is about us that is a culture that tries to get rid of what we consider the runt? Sometimes the runt turns out to be the best of the litter."
Meanwhile Bullock’s co-star, man-of-the-moment Bradley Cooper, played coy when it came to questions about his personal life and romantic affiliations with the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Renee Zellweger.
"My imaginary personal life," Cooper said. "There is a lot other worse things that could be happening than (the press) talking about stuff like that."
Bullock, on the other hand, was quick to reveal what it is that has Hollywood hotties falling at their feet for Mr. Cooper.
"Innocent yet not. There is a real innocence to Bradley and a kindness. He is a girls' guy and a guy's guy," she said. "He will come hang out with all of us girls. Then you forget he is there as a guy. Not in a bad way, in a very good way. He is very attractive to the ladies it's a nice balance to have. No wonder all the girls are crazy about him."
Mariah Carey Pulls Diva Moves Onstage
Mariah Carey pulled out all the stops in Sin City on Saturday night during her sold-out concert at The Pearl inside The Palms. The songstress showed off her incredibly curvaceous body in several uber-tight sparkly mini-dresses (debunking any pregnancy rumors) and was more than happy to ‘fess up to her divaesque reputation.
"I know this is diva 101 but whatever," Carey laughed as she called her makeup team on stage for touch-ups, after lamenting over the poor manicure she had done the day before. "I hope she isn’t here tonight."
And despite their quickie wedding to Nick Cannon last year, it seems the duo is just going from strength to strength. At one point Carey pulled her hubby from the front row onto the stage to sing him a Happy 29th Birthday.
"I think I know this guy, he’s pretty cute," she gushed.
Exclusive: Gretchen Rossi Bites Back at Former Friend
Gretchen Rossi recently told Tarts about her decision not to go under the knife in order to be a responsible role model and instead create The Gretchen Project to spotlight alternatives to plastic surgery, prompting her former friend Jay Photoglou to pretty much label her as a liar.
"I went with Gretchen to get Botox injections on at least on two occasions, one time I even had Botox injections," Jay told RadarOnline.com on Friday.
"Gretchen went at least every six weeks to get Botox injection while I dated her. She also had photo facials done every two months to help get rid of her wrinkles."
However it’s Rossi who is having the last laugh at her former flame, who she filed a restraining order against in March of this year although it was later dismissed by a judge.
"Everything this person states is false information, and just goes to show why I started the Gretchen Project. Botox and photo facials are alternative routes to going under the knife," Rossi responded exclusively to Tarts. "Plastic surgery involves cutting, not fillers and laser treatments. He is a FAME WHORE!"
Michael Vick Inks Deal For New Documentary
If it wasn’t enough that Michael Vick was reinstated to the NFL and signed to the Philadelphia Eagles after spending 18 months behind bars for his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring, the controversial sports star has just now scored himself an eight-part series with DuBose Entertainment to air on BET in 2010.
The docu-series, tentatively titled "The Michael Vick Project" with follow Vick on "the road to redemption" as he attempts to get his life back on track both personally and professionally.
"It’s our hope that this documentary series will serve as means towards Michael Vick's search for his own personal truth and how the choices he made ultimately changed his life," said James DuBose, CEO, DuBose Entertainment.
"Mike's life may be unique, but his story is one that could be told ten times over by young men who find themselves faced with trials and tribulations. His truth has come by way of bad choices. His triumph will come by way of his commitment to change."
Pop Tarts Scene & Herd
British model actress Lily Cole wowing the crowd on arrival at the premiere of the film "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" in London on Tuesday.
Gerard Butler (talking about his new weight loss regime) and Jamie Foxx (checking out the ladies) while attending the premiere of "Law Abiding Citizen" at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in L.A on Tuesday night.
Melissa Joan Hart along with her husband Mark Wilkerson and sons Brady and Mason, taking a break from "Dancing With The Stars" on Tuesday to help launch the 77kids by American Eagle Operation Warm initiative to provide warm coats for children in need.
Katy Perry waving to fans while leaves Louis Vuitton's spring summer 2010 ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris on Wednesday.
Kourtney Kardashian shopping for baby goods at Bel Bambini boutique in Beverly Hills on Wednesday afternoon before heading to the Beverly Hills opening of "Famous Cupcakes" with her mom and sisters.
Kelly Bensimon hosting a signing for her book, "The Bikini Book" and to launch her jewelry line Kelly by Kelly Killoren Benisom at Alene Too in Boca Raton, Florida on Wednesday. The "Real Housewife of New York" spent the day at the high end boutique, Alene Too, where she chatted it up with shoppers and took the time to sign her book and show off her new jewelry line.
Kristen Cavallari and Lo Bosworth of MTV’s "The Hills" spotted filming an episode at BREADBAR West Third in Beverly Hills on Thursday afternoon.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson all lovey dovey at the Inaugural Gala of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Thursday. Meanwhile Sophia Bush stepped out with a new man to the high-profile event and Jenna Elfman showed off her baby belly.
Brooklyn Decker posing with furry friend Benny as the honorary chair of the "It’s Raining Cats and Dogs" Annual Fundraiser presented by the Young Friends of the ASPCA at the IAC Building in NYC on Thursday.
Paris Hilton hosting the Grand Opening of CARNIVAL in Union Square alongside beau Doug Reinhardt on Thursday night. The heiress dunked a guest in the venues dunk tank, played carnival games such as "Put a Ring On It" with Reinhardt, and even fed a baby chimpanzee named Bentley (how suitable).
Sylvester Stallone, Brian Grazer and Nia Vardalos laughing while enjoying stand-up comedian Jackie Singer's one-woman show "Does This Play Make Me Look Fat?" at The Complex in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Cheryl Hines chatting with Alec Baldwin at The Hedges Inn, East Hampton on Thursday night before being honored for her directorial debut with a Gold Standard Filmmaking Award for her upcoming film, "Serious Moonlight."
Nicky Hilton looking for Halloween costumes inside West Hollywood's 'Trashy Lingerie' on Thursday afternoon.
Kelly Cutrone and producer Christine Peters at Tea Sanctuary for lunch while filming for an episode of "The City" on Thursday.
Jerry Springer receiving a private tour of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon from founder Larry Ruvo. A special performance of Springer’s new show on Wednesday, October 14 will benefit Keep Memory Alive and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Victoria Beckham (sans hubby) and her three sons checking into the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on Friday night. The family enjoying breakfast at Maryjane’s Saturday morning (Posh ordered a bowl of berries with coffee) before spending the day on a VIP tour of Sea World. The family unwound by the pool at Float, Hard Rock Hotel’s rooftop lounge —Victoria sipped on Moet Rose while her kids splashed around in the pool before dinner at Nobu and PinkBerry for dessert.
Mario Lopez enjoying the Mariah Carey concert at The Pearl in Vegas on Saturday night.
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Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay