Actress Sandra Bullock earned a place on Hollywood's Walk of Fame Wednesday, joining some of the most respected names in the industry.
Bullock enjoyed the day with her 3-year-old adopted son, Louis Bardot. She also defended fellow celebrity moms Halle Barry and Jennifer Garner in their fight for a new law that stiffens penalties for paparazzi harassing their children.
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"We are fair game, I get it," Bullock told CNN
at the ceremony outside the famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. "Children should be allowed to be children and not be sold. You're taking a picture of a child and selling it!"
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill on Tuesday
. A press release from the governor's office
states that the provision "increases the maximum jail time for harassment of a child or ward because of the person's employment from six months in the county jail to a year in the county jail."
In addition, fines were increased to up to $10,000, $20,000 and $30,000 for a first, second and third violation, respectively.
Berry and Garner testified last month
before the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in hopes of shedding light on the harassment they face from aggressive paparazzi.
"I love my kids," Jennifer Garner testified. "They're beautiful and sweet and innocent, and I don't want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are, all day, every day to continue traumatizing my kids."
Bullock was thrilled to see the bill was signed.
"I think it's brilliant," she told CNN. "The girls worked so hard, the attorney worked so hard, and I think it's a good sign."
Bullock's new film, "Gravity," opens Oct. 4 and co-stars George Clooney.
She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in "The Blind Side."
Bullock, who rarely takes her son in public, said she took her son to the Walk of Fame event becaause it was a "family day." Perhaps the new law will make it easier for other her and other celebrities to spend time with their kids in public.
"The reason he doesn't like [high-profile events] is because he's used to people running at him, and he thinks they're going to hurt mom or hurt him," Bullock told CNN. "This'll be great. This will allow children to be children. ... I'm so grateful."
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Hollywood stars from Sean Penn to Nicole Kidman have clashed with paparazzi for decades, and many times the confrontations turned physical. Earlier this month, Kidman was knocked down in front of her Manhattan hotel
by a bicycle-riding paparazzo.
Other states haven taken similar steps to curtail intrusive photographers. In March, the Hawaii Senate passed an anti-paparazzi bill. It was known as "The Steven Tyler Act,"
after the Aerosmith lead singer pushed Sen. Kalani English to sponsor the bill after several embarrassing photos of Tyler and his girlfriend were shown in a national magazine.
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