Sandra Bullock emotionally reveals how son Louis led her to adopt daughter Laila

Sandra Bullock opened up about adopting both her 8-year-old son, Louis, and her 6-year-old daughter, Laila, in a touching interview with Hoda Kotb that aired on Monday's episode of Today.

Kotb, who adopted her daughter Haley last February, reveals she actually reached out to Bullock when making the big decision, and that the Oscar winner gave her some advice. 

"I was in Rio and I was trying to figure out, like, did I miss my window?" Kotb shared. "Am I too late? Should I have done -- I mean-- a bunch of woulda coulda's. And all the sudden I googled you. I just wanted to know. And we were from similar areas in Virginia. We're the same age. And it was almost like, hope. I said, 'Oh my God.' And literally that -- in Rio after that there was the little boy in Syria. I don't know if you remember him, but he had, like, dirt in his hair and he was sitting."

"That image came on the screen and I cried," she continued. "And I said, 'You know what? Like, if I need one more sign, like, I am going home and I'm starting to fill out all that paperwork.' And I remember I reached out to you and you gave me some good advice. But I thought, you don't even know who you inspired. You know, because I told you, but how many other people looked up and saw you?"

Bullock, 53, continued to passionately advocate for adoption.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sandra Bullock attends the 'Ocean's 8' UK Premiere held at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Sandra Bullock attends the 'Ocean's 8' UK Premiere held at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 7: The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Thursday, June 7, 2018, with guests Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, and Awkwafina. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Sandra Bullock, Gesine Bullock-Prado and Jenna Bush Hager on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Sarah Paulson (L) and Sandra Bullock attend the 'Ocean's 8' World Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Sandra Bullock attends the world premiere of 'Ocean's 8' at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night' special edition episodes air in primetime every night of the NBA Finals. The guest for Sunday, June 3 included Sandra Bullock ('Ocean's 8'). (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) SANDRA BULLOCK
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Sandra Bullock on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Sandra Bullock is seen leaving her hotel on May 24, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Sandra Bullock is seen on May 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: (L-R) Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Mindy Kalling attend the 'Ocean's 8' worldwide photo call at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 03: Actress Sandra Bullock speaks during the Beverly Hills Bar Association's 2018 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Dinner at the Montage Beverly Hills on May 3, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 24: (L-R) Actresses Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and actress/rapper Awkwafina attend CinemaCon 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You to The Big Picture, an Exclusive Presentation of our Upcoming Slate at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners on April 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Sandra Bullock arrives at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Sandra Bullock seen at the 'Ocean's Eight' film set in Central Park on January 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Sandra Bullock is seen filming 'Ocean's 8' on December 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Sandra Bullock seen on December 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Rihanna are seen filming 'Ocean's 8' in Central Park on November 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett are seen filming 'Ocean's 8' on October 31, 2016 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Actress Sandra Bullock (R) and Cate Blanchett are seen on the set of 'Ocean's Eight' on October 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Actress Sandra Bullock accepts the Favorite Movie Actress award onstage during the People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 6: Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy backstage at the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2016, from the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: Sandra Bullock seen out in Manhattan on October 29, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Sandra Bullock is seen heading to Today TV Show on October 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0355 -- Pictured: Actress Sandra Bullock on October 28, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Sandra Bullock Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on October 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Sandra Bullock attends the premiere of 'Our Brand Is Crisis' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Sandra Bullock arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Our Brand Is Crisis' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 17: Sandra Bullock at the 'Our Brand Is Crisis' Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 17, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actresses Sandra Bullock (L) and Zoe Kazan attend the 'Our Brand Is Crisis' press conference at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress/producer Sandra Bullock speaks onstage during the 'Our Brand Is Crisis' press conference at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Executive Producer/actress Sandra Bullock, Producer Grant Heslov and actress Zoe Kazan attend EW's Must List Party during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at Thompson Hotel on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Sandra Bullock attends the 'Our Brand is Crisis' premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Sandra Bullock attends the 'Our Brand is Crisis' premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Executive Producer/Actress Sandra Bullock (L) and Producer George Clooney arrive to the 'Our Brand Is Crisis' photo call at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
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"I hope me telling my story let people know that there's no end game," she said. "There are hundreds of thousands of children that are ready to be your child. You're a forever parent the minute you accept the love of that child. And it's amazing to me how we can take away people's happiness by telling them that this is the box that you have to stay in. There is no box. There’s no box."

As for her own story, the Ocean's 8 star talked about adopting Louis after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and waiting four years to bring him home.

"I looked at him and I just said, 'Oh, there you are,'" she said of their immediate connection. "It's like he had always been there. It's like he fit in the crook of my arm. He looked me in the eyes and he was just -- he was wise. My child was wise. And the beautiful thing that I was constantly told was -- 'the perfect child will find you. You will find your child.'"

Later, she revealed Louie actually led her to adopt Laila.

"I was having dinner with some girlfriends of mine. And Louis was -- like, wanted to sit with them and came out of his bath," she recalled. "He was, like, three, had his little belly in his towel and put his hands behind his neck. And she was talking about her daughters. He goes, 'Yeah, I don't have daughters.' And she went, 'You don't?' He goes, 'No, I don't have a daughter, but I'm gonna have a baby soon.' And they looked at me and I was like, 'I swear I'm not -- nothing out there.' And I realized at that time maybe he knew something. And when I think about it, it would've been around the time that Laila was born."

"You know, it's Louis' way," she added. "Louis has a very strong way, and he's a fine leader, and he lead me to Laila."

Bullock also got emotional about what her late mother -- Helga Meyer, who died in 2000 -- would think about her life now.

"She'd love every minute," she mused. "And I often sit and, like, I wish that they would just allow the person who's deceased just to beam down for a second so you can say, 'When do you want them to show up?' And I was like, 'Like, right now would be the ultimate time.' I just want her to see how everything is OK and how -- how amazing -- I mean, I truly think that she had a hand in it, you know? I think she had a hand in the gifts. So I just want her to see that we're OK."

This isn't the first time Bullock has gotten emotional over adoption. Last month, she shared why she doesn't like the phrase "my adopted child."

"I’m all for Republican, Democrat, whatever, but don’t talk to me about what I can or can’t do with my body until you’ve taken care of every child who doesn’t have a home or is neglected or abused," she told InStyle magazine. "It makes me teary-eyed. Let’s all just refer to these kids as 'our kids.' Don’t say 'my adopted child.' No one calls their kid their 'IVF child' or their 'oh, sh**, I went to a bar and got knocked-up child.' Let just say, 'our children.'"

See Sandra Bullock and Hoda Kotb's full interview below:

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