Sandra adopted her son, Louis, in 2010, before fostering then adopting a second child, Laila, in 2015. During a Red Table Talk interview, Sandra said when she was first introduced to Louis, she immediately had a feeling that it was the right time to adopt.
“When Louis came into my life, he was put in my arms at 10 days,” Sandra said. “I just knew, and I said, ‘This is my path.'”
The actor also spoke about her experiences with raising two Black children, including how she at times has wished the colors of their skin “matched.”
“To say that I wished our skins matched…sometimes I do. Because then it would be easier on how people approached us,” Sandra said. “I have the same feelings as a woman with brown skin, and it being her babies. Or a white woman with white babies.”
She then stated her hopes for the future, saying, “Maybe one day that will go away. Maybe one day we will be able to see with different eyes.”