9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Miss Congeniality’
7. Pre-Makeover Gracie vs. Pageant Look
In an interview for SMTV Live back in 2000, Sandra Bullock said she identifies more with the “pre-makeover” Gracie in the film which only took 30 minutes to prepare as opposed to the 2.5 hours it took to get her pageant look. They called the hair and makeup crew on set the “construction crew” because it was such a big job to convert her from one to the other! (Fun fact: Bullock wore a wig for the pre-makeover Gracie). She also said she would never enter into a pageant, but she did enter the Flue Cured Tobacco Queen contest in college and lost! Her talent was dancing “a little Bob Fosse number.”
6. Swimsuit Competition
The role of Gracie Hart was perfect for Bullock, who’s known to be very athletic and a bit of a tomboy in real life. During an interview on-set with ET back in 2000, Bullock revealed which scene she fought to cut from the movie — the swimsuit scene. “Reluctantly. That was a huge bone of contention for me. I was trying to get it written out so many times and it’s in the script,” she said. Bullock joked that prior to shooting the scene she did a lot of working out with friends in order to get in shape. The scene was filmed outside in San Antonio, Texas.