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By Dana Flax

Rom-com queens tend to get a bad rap for their ultra ... enthusiastic ... behavior, but Sandra Bullock admits in the new issue of Parade that even she thinks she's annoying. Well, Sandy might be exaggerating a tad; however, it's still nice to see a famous lady who's game for a little self-deprecation. (Maybe that's why she's so darned likable!) Read on to catch some highlights from the revealing interview, and then check out for the rest of their coverage.

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She might be annoying, but at least she's self-aware:

"Listen, I know I'm not easy to deal with. I'm controlling, and I want everything orderly, and I need lists. My mind goes a mile a minute. I'm difficult on every single level. I'm aware that I can be annoying."

On how her nervous energy translates to a wrinkle-free wardrobe:

"I like to iron. Ironing is comfort. It's control. I'm a nutty person who likes to make sure everything is in its place. I am a big ball of high energy and organization and structure. Don't forget, I'm half-German."

On her unconventional childhood -- and borderline gender confusion:

"[My mom] did what she did and didn't care what people thought. But as a kid, I was like, 'Oh, dear God, please make her stop and be normal.' I wanted an ordinary mom. My sister, Gesine, and I were lucky enough to be raised by a mother who did things unconventionally, and a father who was fine with the kids being raised that way. There was no gender in our house. I didn't realize that I couldn't do what boys could do, because my dad raised me as a boy."

It took a tattooed badass (husband Jesse James) to take on Sandra Bullock as a wife:

"It's lucky when you have a partner. It took someone like him who was unafraid. My energy can be daunting. Do you really want to wake up to this at 5 in the morning? Apparently, he did."

On being stepmother to Jesse's children:

"The universe put this in our lap. I seemed to have stepped in right when I needed to be there. I now know that anything sweet, really sweet, that I have was nothing that I planned. If you don't have kids and animals, you don't truly know what real life is about."


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