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Jennifer Arellano
September 17, 2013 AT 08:01 PM EDT

Sandra Bullock is Vogue‘s October cover girl, and at 49, she looks just as glam as her first cover in June 1998.

Bullock stars in Gravity with George Clooney (in theaters Oct. 4) and details to writer Jason Gay about her charming life in Austin, Texas, her love for son Louis, how they filmed those heart-stopping space scenes, and casually addresses her post-Jesse James life.

As if we needed more reasons to love her, here are seven things we learned about the unsinkable Sandra:

1. She owns a flower shop/bakery in Austin called Walton’s Fancy and Staple. (To add to the small-business sweetness, she makes the writer order chocolate cake so she can eat some of it later).

2. She and son Louis, 3, live with lots of animals. Gay writes that they have a “two-legged pet dog named Ruby,” “a three-legged dog named Poppy,” “a fish named Rave after the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens,” “a stray deer that has shown up in the backyard of Bullock’s Austin house,” “chickens named after Carol Burnett and Wanda Sykes,” and a rooster named after Phyllis Diller.

3. She almost didn’t do The Blind Side, for which she won an Oscar for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy. “I turned it down three, four times,” she says. “I was so worried about it being a Lifetime movie.”

4. She’s afraid of flying. To simulate the anti-gravity scenes in Gravity, director Alfonso Cuarón almost had her ride a plane called the “Vomit Comet,” before the method was axed in favor of a specialized stage. “Plummeting out of the sky was not my idea of how I wanted to work with Alfonso Cua­rón. But at one point I sat down and said, ‘What is it about this movie that is telling me to get off my ass and get over something that has paralyzed me?’”

5. She doesn’t address the Jesse James debacle specifically, but she assures the mag she’s fine. “We’re all where we’re supposed to be,” she said. “I am exactly where I want to be now. You can’t go backward. I’m not going backward. I’m grateful that I’m here, blessed to have what I have. Nobody can be prepared for anything. If you end up in a place where you can look back and go, ‘It happened, but I’m so lucky to be sitting where I am sitting…’”

6. She had already adopted baby Louis when she was giving her Oscar speech. (And was addressing fellow mothers when she said “moms that take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from” to the audience.)

7. America’s favorite actress is not on Twitter. “I don’t want anyone to know where I am.”

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