U.S. actress Sandra Bullock says that, like Harper Lee, the author she plays in the new film "Infamous," she tries to keep her private life to herself.

Bullock said in New York she understands and respects the way the "To Kill A Mockingbird" author shunned accolades and avoided fame since writing the classic novel.

"People need to stop calling her a recluse and start calling her a great artist who chose to live her life, instead of the public's version of her life," Bullock said.

While she enjoys her work, Bullock also admitted she isn't comfortable with the media interviews and photo shoots that go with it.

"When I get there, I'm like: 'Oh, this is kind of fun. I'm going to be here for this day and enjoy it and get something out of it,' but I understand the inclination to want to disappear."