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INT: Halle Berry

Interview #1 Penelope Cruz
Interview #2 Robert Downey Jr.
Interview #3 Halle Berry

We’ve got two really creepy movies opening this week – one of which, GOTHIKA, is intentionally so. The other, CAT IN THE HAT, creates shivers of a different (and presumably unintended) variety. Call me crazy, but there’s just something profoundly unsettling about seeing Mike Myers run around in that cat suit. Seeing Halle Berry run around in a cat suit, however, would not be a bad thing. Too bad we’ll have to wait until next summer’s release of CATWOMAN to catch Halle on the prowl. Until then, we can watch her face off with Penelope Cruz, Robert Downey, Jr., and a whole host of otherworldly horrors in the psychological thriller GOTHIKA.

Fresh from her well-publicized split with Eric Benet (the dude that convinced her that his frequent philandering was caused by – don’t laugh – “sex addiction”. I’m not making that up – I read it in US Weekly. Or was it People?) Halle showed no signs of strain as she sat down with us at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. On the contrary, she was confident, engaging and – lest I forget – smokin’ hot. Check her out:

HALLE BERRY

 

There’s a point in Gothika in which you injure your arm.  Was the arm wound worked into the story because of the injury you suffered while filming?

No, that was already- - the other arm was broken. My right arm. That was on my left arm. It was already there. Then I had two things to deal with.

How difficult was it to come back after hurting your arm?

The biggest part after breaking the arm was, when you're an adult and you break a bone, it's so much...I broke a bone as a kid and I loved it – I couldn't wait to get the cast. I was happy it broke. I was like, "Yeah, it's broken." As an adult, I thought, "Oh my God. Am I going to finish this movie? Are they going to recast me for Catwoman? What does this mean in the course of my career?" So coming back to work just seemed...I just had a lot more fear about the physicality of what was asked of me. I felt really fragile and frail, thinking okay, now what am I going to break? I had more of those kind of concerns.  I didn't want to try to finish this movie and hurt myself in any way so that I wasn't ready to do Catwoman. I was a lot more tentative when I went back.

You’ve played a lot of physical roles.  What makes you so physical?

I don't even think about the physicality of roles until I get the gig and I think okay, what do I have to do in this one? I approach it thinking more about the character and I respond to it because it's something I think I can play and seems like it'll be fun. And then, like with Gothika, I really hadn't thought through all the physical things I'd have to do. Running around with no shoes on, all the jumping and the fighting. That was such an afterthought.

You have a lot of intense scenes in Gothika where you’re all by yourself. How hard is it to do those scenes alone, with no actors to play off of?

That was a challenge for me on this. With every movie, I realize I learn something new about what I can and can't do and I'm forced to stretch and grow and that was a big area for me, to keep that level of emotion. Once (Miranda) wakes up in that institution, every moment is sort of at a heightened level. It was a stretch. I had to work really hard to keep it up all the time.

Was it draining?

Yeah. It's draining at the end of the day, but on some other level, it's also really cathartic. Although physically I would feel exhausted and tired – my back would hurt, my arms would hurt and my feet would be raw from running through all the stuff – there was still something about it that felt good. At the end of the day, I felt like I had a really cathartic experience. I got a lotta stuff out of me that was pent up in little corners of myself, so I felt good at the same time.

So you're learning about yourself?

That's what it's all about. (Otherwise) there'd be no real reason to do it.

What's a recent example of something you've learned about yourself?

Just my ability to be able to stretch myself in ways that I really didn't think I could do. I had to keep this kind of emotion up. I realized that I was able to go to those places and access that much more than I ever thought I could do. That's career-wise, but personally, I'm always working through. Whatever is going on in my life is what I use as my tool to sort of bring out different emotions. I get to work through my real life issues through my art.

Can you talk a little about how stressful the set was?

Really intense. I mean, we're in these really dark, spooky, sort of cold, ominous buildings and that was very much – the buildings were characters all in their own. It also rained a lot. When it's raining, people are a little more down, more depressed, a little more agitated. So it did get a little funky at times.

Did you and Penelope ever discuss war stories about being in the public eye?

No, no war stories. I think that's the last thing we wanted to talk about because we know that story. But when I met her, I knew instantly we'd be like girlfriends. You work with people and you have a healthy working relationship really, but they're not always people that if you didn't meet them through your work, you would like to hang out and be girlfriends with. The minute we met each other, we knew that we'd be girlfriends after this movie. And she was so good as Chloe and she was stretching further than I think I've ever really seen her stretch, even though the part was small. She got to do something that I don't think people thought she could do. And I was really supportive of her and always encouraging her, "You know, go further, go further, just go, go, go." It was good.

As a role model to women, do you have any advice for people going through difficult situations, ending a relationship?

No, not at this time.

Can you give us a Catwoman update?

We're a month into it and it's really been a lot of fun. One of the things I like about this script is that we acknowledge that there are other Catwomen of the past. So it's not like I'm trying to be the Catwoman. We acknowledge that we believe in our script there are nine Catwomen and I'm one. I'd be like the fifth one. So that gives me leeway to be my own version of a Catwoman. I don't need to be like Michelle Pfeiffer or Eartha Kitt. It's my own 2004 version of what a Catwoman would be today.

How does the suit fit?

Great. Much more comfortable than my X-suit. (laughs)

Source: JoBlo.com

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