Make no mistake about it, Halle Berry is one put-together young woman. The 54-year old actress has always been acknowledged for her looks. Once long ago she won the Miss Teen All American and Miss Ohio USA beauty pageants. She was the first runner up in the 1986 Miss USA pageant and then she became the first African American to enter into the Miss World’s, where she came in sixth place. While beauty has been one of her known qualities long time, she is of course known for much more than just that.
At 54-years old, Halle Berry continues to turn heads. She is pushing herself harder than ever to stay in shape, as evidenced by her recent Instagram posts of her in a backless bikini and another of her beach workout.
Just by looking at the actress, it is hard to fathom that Halle Berry is 54. She is a mother of two, she is now increasing her time behind the camera as director and producer as well as in front of the camera, so finding time to keep herself in such great shape can be a chore. But the actress is so it will be nice to see her hard work pay off in Bruised.
While beauty has been one of her known qualities long time, she is of course known for much more than just that.
Her early career saw Halle Berry get her feature film start with a small role in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. Her rise after this performance was quick. After ‘Fever’ came Strictly Business and then The Last Boy Scout. Berry took a recurring role in the TV series Knot’s Landing but from there the bulk of her career turned to feature films. Boomerang with Eddie Murphy was next for Berry and then she received critical acclaim for her portrayal in Queen: The Story of an American Family as a biracial slave.
After a slew of movies that included The Program, The Flintstones, Executive Decision, The Rich Man’s Wife, and Bullworth, Berry gained even more recognition with her portrayal as Dorothy Dandridge, the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award, in the movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. She turned that role into her first superhero movie when she played Storm in X-Men. It was about this time in her career, not that she needed it, but she decided it was time to open eyes even more than she had been doing.
HALLE BERRY GOES NUDE
In 2001, Halle Berry was in the John Travolta/Hugh Jackman-led movie Swordfish. The movie was mostly forgettable, slightly good, but it was known for one thing. After much discussion, consideration, and internal reflection, Halle Berry decided she was going to go topless in the movie. It was a big decision, no pun intended. It also wasn’t a decision Berry took lightly.
She told Entertainment Weekly, “So much of my life I was afraid to [do a nude scene],” she says. “With the success of my Dorothy Dandridge project and the critical acclaim that brought me, I finally felt that I didn’t have to prove myself anymore.” The proof wasn’t geared toward her career or her fans, but more to herself. Again, a tough decision.
It took her then-husband, Eric Benet, to encourage her to take the risk with his full support. She also, obviously, had the full support of the film’s producer Joel Silver, who is known for his R-rated action films that have a tendency to show a little skin. ”I’ve known Halle for years, and I felt this was time for her to do this,” he also said to Entertainment Weekly. “I think it’s cool for the character and good for the box office.”
She also had the backing of her film’s director, Dominic Sena, who may or may not have been joking when he disclosed the bump in pay Berry received for going topless. According to Sena, Berry received an additional $500,000 for her decision. His “joke” was that Berry got “$250,000 per breast”, a fee that Berry has denied. And while the scene was ultimately only about three seconds in length, it perhaps changed history for the beautiful actress.
GRAPHIC SEX IN MONSTER’S BALL
With the anxiety of being topless on film out of the way, Halle Berry’s project following Swordfish has been by far the most controversial in her career. The movie was called Monster’s Ball and not only was it controversial for its story, but it was also controversial for its graphic love scene between Berry and co-star Billy Bob Thornton, who played a bigoted correctional officer who was present when Berry’s husband was executed.
Initially, the scene was so graphic that it caused the movie to receive an NC-17 rating. The film then had to have a minute cut from its final edit to get the movie an R-rating status. Berry told the New York Post that it was Swordfish that helped her when it came to Monster’s Ball. “If I hadn’t done that and been over it, when I got to the love scene in the ‘Monster’s Ball’ script, I would have stopped reading and said, ‘Not for me.’“
But once she started reading the script, she was hooked. “I was shocked; I was riveted; I was moved, sad, angry,” she says. “I felt I could totally relate to this woman character – she was strong, yet very vulnerable; she was angry, but very fragile; she went on a journey and, at the end, through her perseverance and strength, she bettered her life. At that moment, I called up my manager and said, ‘Let the fight begin! I want this.’“ And she got the part.
HALLE BERRY: HUGE STAR
Since Monster’s Ball, Halle Berry has been seen in countless films. She’s been a Bond girl in Die Another Day, she reprised her role as Storm in X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: The Days of Future Past. She has been seen in New Year’s Eve, Cloud Atlas, The Call, and Kidnap. Berry has also been seen in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and John Wick 3 – Parabellum.
It was John Wick where she turned her workout routine into overdrive and it helped, for the most part. The actress revealed that she broke three ribs while rehearsing for the action film. She told Extra, “It was pretty amazing [to work with Keanu]. It was a little terrifying at first because he’s so damn good, and I wanted to be on the same level as him. I didn’t want to disappoint him. I broke three ribs when I was rehearsing for John Wick… It’s like a badge of honor for me, we don’t know how it happened.”
She’s also training for her upcoming role in which she plays an aging MMA fighter in Bruised, a film in which Berry is also making her directorial debut. The story tells of Jackie, a disgraced fighter who has to rededicate her life to fighting when her 6-year old son comes back into her life.