In 2002, Halle Berry made historical past: She turned the primary Black particular person to win the Finest Actress Oscar, for the drama Monster’s Ball. However in a brand new interview, she says it didn’t result in the avalanche of nice roles like she’d assumed. As a substitute, she needed to battle for good elements, even settle for ones she discovered doubtful. Which is one motive, she admits, that she did the derided comedian e book spin-off film Catwoman. Nonetheless, she doesn’t precisely remorse doing that one.
Whereas speaking to Leisure Weekly forward of her forthcoming motion film Bruised (as caught by IndieWire), Berry appeared again on how her nabbing an Academy Award didn’t result in tons of juicy roles with status administrators.
“It was shocking,” she stated. “As a result of I believed they have been going to simply again up the truck and drop them off at my home, proper? When you’ve got a historic win like that, you suppose, ‘Oh, that is going to essentially change.’ It did essentially change me, nevertheless it didn’t change my place within the enterprise in a single day. I nonetheless had to return to work. I nonetheless needed to attempt to battle to make a approach out of no approach.”
And so the newly Oscar-winning Halle Berry needed to decrease her expectations and do some dicey motion pictures — like Catwoman, which gave the Batman for her very personal heroic film, with a villain performed by at least Sharon Stone.
“It’s like, okay, that’s a movie I can’t say I’m completely in love with, however this isn’t a interest. It’s how I maintain my kids,” Berry stated. “However I attempt to maintain that sense of surprise and keep curious. As a result of being a Black lady, I haven’t all the time had elements that I completely love.”
That stated, Berry’s first post-Oscar function was one other game-changer: With Die One other Day, she turned the primary Black actress to play a heroic Bond lady. (Earlier Black Bond ladies, corresponding to Gloria Hendry in Reside and Let Die or Grace Jones in A View to a Kill, had been in cahoots with the Bond villain.) However a spin-off that includes her character, Giacinta “Jinx” Johnson, was axed as a result of MGM refused handy $80 million to a film starring Berry.
When Catwoman got here crawling, she discovered it exhausting to say no. And although it was a essential and business bomb, it had its perks. “It was one of many largest paydays of my entire life, which, there’s nothing unsuitable with that,” Berry stated. “I don’t need to really feel like ‘Oh, I can solely do award-worthy stuff.’ What’s an award-worthy efficiency?”
Bruised hits theaters on Sept. 12. In the meantime, one can watch Catwoman on HBO Max.
(By way of EW and IndieWire)