Halle Berry had to answer difficult questions about her sexuality after she accidentally showed her teenage daughter a lesbian sex scene she was involved in.
The 55-year-old Hollywood actress plays a UFC fighter who sleeps with a man and a woman in the Netflix hit Bruised.
And she said 13-year-old Nala was stunned when she saw the love scenes during an early screening, telling her superstar mom, “We need to talk.”
Holly, who made her directorial debut with the sports drama, revealed that her film editor unexpectedly jumped to the film’s lewdest moment during a screening.
She said, “So Nakhla is watching a love scene (with a man). She looks at me and says, “Oh mom. Really? Blimey!’ So my editor, who sits next to me, not quite aware that my daughter is there, says, “Go to the second love scene, I want to see what it looks like.” Well, it’s a love scene with a woman.
“My daughter is like, ‘Wow mom, we need to talk. You didn’t tell me.”
“Our creativity has reached a higher level”
“And I said, ‘Nala, this is a movie, it’s not true. Like, none of this is real.” There was a conversation – really for the first time – about what I do, about playing characters, about what is real and what is not.
“She asked: “How do you do it?” and “How do you feel about it?” I explained that these are some of the most difficult scenes the actors are in, the most embarrassing. It’s not always fun.
“So I had a real conversation with my daughter about it, about my sexuality, about my work in the business and how much I had to fight to be in the film.”
Holly plays disgraced mixed martial artist Jackie Justice, who comes back dealing with personal issues.
A brief romance breaks out between Jackie and tough trainer Bobby Buddakan (Sheila Atim) as she prepares to take on bantamweight champion Lady Killer, played by real-life MMA fighter Valentina Shevchenko.
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Even though the film has a 15 certification, Holly let her teenage daughter watch it to see how hard she put in the effort for the part.
Nala is the daughter of her ex-boyfriend, Canadian fashion model Gabriel Aubry, 45 years old. Hallé also has an eight-year-old son, Maceo, who is fathered by her ex-husband, French actor Olivier Martinez, 56, whom she divorced in 2015. .
Holly said, “I asked Nala, ‘Could you come see my film? You may never see it on the big screen because it’s on Netflix. So I’d really like you to see what I’ve done.”
“I said, ‘This is not quite right for you, you are 13 years old. But you’re my baby, so I really want you to see what I’ve been working so hard on and why I’ve missed so much time with you.”
“Ironically, she only saw these two love scenes because the color was wrong, so the editor announced the screening time.”
Another unique parenting experience came when she homeschooled her two children at their beachfront home in Malibu, California during lockdown in 2020.
Holly, who also has a home in the Hollywood Hills, said: “I’ve become so intimate with my kids in a whole new way. I became a home teacher and we needed to find something to do at home. Our creativity has reached a higher level.
“We have become closer as a family. My kids found ways to start getting along because they needed to actually talk to each other. They were friends.”
Holly has spent her 30 year career convincing people that she is more than just a pretty face.
Now she is dating 51-year-old musician Van Hunt: “The truth is that I really want someone to come up and say:“ You are talented ”or“ You are a good mother. But I always get people’s comments about my appearance.
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“I tried to fight it and prove myself. But at 55, I was tired of constantly fighting.”
In 2002, she received an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the hardcore drama Monster’s Ball, making her the first black woman to ever raise the gong. But after her big win, she says “the scripts didn’t come through.”
Speaking to fellow actors Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes on their SmartLess podcast, Holly said, “I thought, ‘This is the highest award in our industry, it will give me more opportunities.’ But nothing has changed.
“The script van didn’t pull up to my door. Because there was still no road for the colored.
“So I feel like this award means different things to different people. If you ask Nicole Kidman, she may have a different reality as to what this award meant to her.
“But it didn’t mean it to me. I wasn’t offered all these great scripts with these great directors.”
But Holly proudly shared how her landmark win helped break down barriers and create opportunities for the next generation of on-screen talent.
She said: “If you look at our evolution from 20 years ago to today, black women are everywhere.
“They play a variety of roles. They take the roles of men and turn them into women and become more inclusive. I really think that moment inspired a lot of people to think differently and believe that anything is possible. So I feel like it made a difference.
“It is always very nice and pleasant. And it reminds me that I am contributing to history. We all just carry the ball as far as we can and hope that the younger generation will pick it up and then go even further. This is what we want for our children.
“We always want our kids to be better, smarter, go further than we could.”
Monster’s Ball, 2001: Best Actress Oscar for a woman (left) who dates a man who helped execute her husband.
X-Men 2000-2014: Storm in four films.
Cloud Atlas, 2012: Multiple roles in a sci-fi epic.
Things We Lost in the Fire, 2007: Played the wife of a murdered man.
Die Another Day 2002: Jinx emerging from the sea in a bikini makes Bond history.