Halle Berry is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world, but that does not mean that she has been spared “any difficulty” in life.
The 55-year-old actress spoke to her New York Times about their new movie Burned, who also serves as her directorial debut, and how she relates to her character. The film follows Jackie, a former MMA champion, who returns to take care of her 6-year-old son after giving him up as a baby. And there are parts of Jackie’s story Berry told with which she connects.
“This is another battle I’ve fought all my life. That’s because I kind of looked like I’ve been in need of something. I’ve had loss and pain and a lot of damage in my life. I’ve had abuse in my life, she explains, referenced previous domestic violence they are confronted in a relationship. “I get really frustrated when people think because I kind of look like I have none of those real experiences because I absolutely do.”
Berry continued, “This did not frighten me with grief or heartache or a fearful or tearful moment, trust me.”
The Oscar winner struggled to make it and starred in the film after Blake Lively took over the lead role.
“I like it because fighting is something I know so much about on a personal level and on a career level. I understand what it is like to fight and not be heard,” Berry shared. “I understand the trauma of life that one wants to fight, has to fight, has to fight.”
She added, “I understand that as a black woman I’m marginalized and the anger, resentment, fear and frustration that comes with it all. If I could put it all into this movie, all the ‘ “Things that I know so well, then I knew I could create a character that is not only genuine, but also resonates with women of different races.”
Burned will hit theaters on November 17 before being released on Netflix a week later.