Sandra Bullock got emotional on "The Tonight Show" on Wednesday, Feb. 5, while talking to host Jay Leno during his second-to-last taping before he leaves the series for the second time and later hands it over to Jimmy Fallon.
The 49-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is nominated for another Oscar for her role in "Gravity," has appeared on the series 19 times, starting in 1994, when she was promoting the movie "Speed."
During her interview on Wednesday, she and Leno reminisced about her past films, including the blockbuster hit "Speed" and the domestic box office bomb "Speed 2: Cruise Control." He noted how impressed he was with her performance as a waitress in the 1993 film "Wrestling Hemingway."
Check out 5 highlights from Sandra Bullock's final appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
1. Sandra Bullock tears up.
"When I saw you in "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway," I looked at you the way I looked at my wife for the first time," Leno said. "You just popped and I went, 'Oh my God, this person's gonna be a big star.' And it all came true, so I hope it happens for you."
"I'd like to say something," Bullock said. "I'm gonna start crying, but, um, you've always been so kind and I'm not, that's saying a lot in this business 'cause we like to be mean. There's not been one time that you haven't treated me like I, I had something to offer. Even when the film was horrible and you knew it, you never let me see it in your eyes." "When I made crazy life decisions, you never questioned," she said. "You just, you were always so welcoming and every single person on your crew was that way consistently and I just felt special, even when I felt very insecure and everyone, I think, in this room, in this country has felt that every day, that you've been in their home and I'm so grateful that I got to be a part of it."
2. How her life changed after "Speed" ...
Bullock's breakout role was in the 1994 blockbuster "Speed," which saw her play a passenger of a bus that has been hijacked by a terrorist. Keanu Reeves played a hero cop and her love interest. The movie made more than $350 million worldwide.
When asked how her life has changed since the film was released, Bullock told Leno: "I'm still the same, neurotic, insecure person I was when I started yet I have more money to sort of, try and pacify myself and it doesn't work."
3. And what about "Speed 2: Cruise Control"?
Bullock reprised her role in the sequel, "Speed 2: Cruise Control," alongside Jason Patric, who played a different cop and her new love interest. The movie, which had a production budget of about $160 million, took place on a cruise ship and received mostly terrible reviews from critics. It and made $48.6 million in the United States and more than $164 million overall.
Bullock told Leno that it was her decision to star in the sequel.
"I would like to say I'm proud that I did so but I did learn a lot," she said.
"What did you learn?" he asked.
"I don't have it off the top of my head," she said.
4. Sandra Bullock and Jay Leno rehash the mooning incident ...
Bullock once participated in a group prank in which she and other people on a boat showed their butts to a filming crew during the production of "Speed 2: Cruise Control." She had spoken about it on "The Tonight Show" before and was asked about it again on Wednesday's episode, during which a censored video of the incident was screened.
"My son's back there," Bullock said, referring to her 4-year-old son, Louis. "He just saw that. Now he knows. Now he knows everything."
5. On her hair transformations ...
"You haven't changed but your hair has changed," Leno said, showing a montage of Bullock's appearances on "The Tonight Show," which showed her sporting 11 different hairstyles.
"You can always tell when I'm going through sort of a questioning period in my life 'cause I always go to bangs," she said. "Why do women cut their hair when something's not going right? And it's not a good decision 'cause it looks worse."
Leno's final "Tonight Show" appearance as host is on Thursday, Feb. 6. Fallon, who hosts the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," takes over as host of "The Tonight Show" on Feb. 17.
Watch a video showing Sandra Bullock getting emotional while talking to Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" on Wednesday.