Halle Berry is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world, but that does not mean she has been “spared all the hardships” in life.
The 55-year-old actress spoke with New York Times about her new film The wind, which also serves as her directorial debut, and how she relates to her character. The film follows Jackie, a former MMA champion who returns to care for his 6-year-old son after leaving him as an infant. And there are parts of Jackie’s story that Berry said she connects with.
“This is another fight I fought all my life. It’s because I look a certain way that I’ve been spared all the hardships. I’ve had losses and pains and a lot of pain in my life. I’ve had abuse in my life life, “she explained, referring to past domestic violence she faced in a relationship. “I get really frustrated when people think because I look a certain way that I haven’t had any of the real experiences because I absolutely have.”
Berry continued, “This has not spared me a heartache or heartache or a terrible or crying moment, trust me.”
The Oscar winner struggled to make and star in the film after Blake Lively passed on the lead role.
“I loved it because fights are something I just know so much about on a personal level and on a career level. I understand what it is to fight and not be heard,” Berry shared. “I understand the trauma of life that makes one want to fight, have to fight, have to fight.”
She added: “I understand being marginalized as a black woman and the anger, rage, fear and frustration that comes with it all. If I could put all that in this movie, all the things I know so well, then I knew that I could create a character that would not only be genuine but would also resonate with women of different races. “
The wind hits theaters on November 17 before dropping on Netflix a week later.