Sandra Bullock Has Always Been 'America's Girl Next Door'

Stealing the show was an area in which Bullock excelled. She began her screen career in a supporting role in the TV movie "The Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman" alongside television veteran Lindsay Wagner -- the original bionic woman.

"My first gut reaction was that she was just darling," said Wagner. "When we started working, she was kind of shy. "And once in a while, she'd relax and then I'd see how funny she was."

Wagner said her young co-star oozed charisma and personality. She said she could tell that one day, Bullock's flame of talent would ignite on a national level.

It took a few forgettable films like "Who Shot Patakango?" before Bullock landed a role in the hit action movie "Speed," with Keanu Reeves. The film catapulted her into the national spotlight as a girl-next-door the world could fall in love with.

"When 'Speed' came out...there she was, oh my gosh, there's that girl. She's great. Look at her and she's just wiping up that screen with her talent," Wagner recalled.

From there Bullock became comedy gold. "She has no fear of a laugh at her expense," Sowers said, "She never has."

Watch "Before They Were Famous," on a special edition of "20/20" Tuesday, March 2 at 10 p.m. ET

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