updated 04/09/2010 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/10/2010 AT 10:15 AM ET
After news of alleged infidelity in Sandra Bullock’s marriage surfaced, she retreated from the spotlight and turned to her innermost circle of friends – including George Lopez, who has been spotted visiting her home twice in recent weeks.
“Sandra Bullock completely gave me life,” Lopez told PEOPLE in a 2006 interview.
Bullock was searching for Latino talent when she was introduced to Lopez, then a little-known comedian working the comedy circuit. Bullock drove an hour from Los Angeles to Orange County to catch his act. Two years later, she was the executive producer of his hit television show, George Lopez.