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Halle Berry covers the December issue Women’s health.
Fresh from her directorial debut, the Oscar-winning actress tells all about her latest mixed martial arts film “Bruised”, which was released today.
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Berry also stars in “Bruised” as an MMA fighter. The actress trained intensely for the role, boosted her weight training routine and learned five versions of mixed martial arts. She challenged herself to the point where she broke two ribs during a filmed fight scene with UFC champion and teammate Valentina Shevchenko.
Berry’s character was originally written for a 25-year-old white woman, but the 55-year-old actress convinced producer Basil Iwanyk to recreate her character. “I felt it was more powerful for a middle-aged colored woman to have one last chance. The stakes were higher,” Berry said. Women’s health.
It was Berry’s vision to challenge the film’s story that enabled her to add a director to her resume.
“When I realized I could not find a director who saw this story as I saw it, I had a moment’s bill. I finally realized that at this point in my life I was ready. I had to take I said, ‘Okay, I want to work harder than I’ve ever worked,’ she said.
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And for Berry, the hard work paid off.
“One of the biggest compliments I got in the whole process was when we were filming scenes, and the referee who called Valentina’s matches in real life said, ‘The last shot I thought I saw was a real Valentina match! ‘ And for me, that was the moment when all this training, all this work, having a real fighter, paid off. Everyone first warned me that a real fighter would kill you. She will tear you down. I thought: “Well, let’s go.” To her credit, she did not. She learned to pull her punches. And she struggled with film as much as any stuntwoman, and she had never done it one day in her life. “
“Being the age I am and pushing my body to its limits reminded me that age is just a number.” @ Hallebær tells WH. “We can control how we define ourselves, and I’ve never been healthier and felt stronger. This film helped me realize that.” pic.twitter.com/hdpPpgbKj4
– Women’s Health (@WomensHealthMag) November 17, 2021
In addition to being each other’s opponents on screen, Berry and Shevchenko share a band off screen. “I feel like we’ve been through a fire together. There was a lot of pressure on me to get my share right. But when you have a partner who pulls after you and you’re both scared, but want it so badly “You have a closeness. I will love her forever,” Berry said.
Working on “Bruised” was a “completely empowering” experience that the actress did not know she needed.
“I feel best when I have to work hard and when I face challenges … Being at the age I am and pushing my body to its limits reminded me that age is just a number. We can control how we define ourselves and I have never been healthier and felt stronger. This movie helped me realize that. “
The film sees a very strong Berry who took her on a fitness frenzy, but the actress enjoys living a healthy lifestyle even when she is not working out. “It’s not easy. But I always remind myself why I do it. Since I had [kids] a little later in life I would like to be here for them. I want to live as long as I can and see my grandchildren, the actress said.
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Berry also commented on how she encourages her children to be strong-willed. “I try to teach them to march to the beat of their own drum. Be true to yourself, and do not be followers, but be leaders and innovators.”
And what better role model to have than the strong-willed actress herself! Berry’s efforts made a breakthrough in “Bruised” and will definitely have an impact on the next wave of black creatives in Hollywood.
“All I can do is hopefully inspire and send the ball to those who come behind me. The biggest compliment I ever get is when someone says, ‘Because you did something, it inspired me to do something.’ other things.’ It makes my heart burst, ”said the actress WH.
Berry tells more about her children, living a healthy lifestyle, seeking therapy and her relationship with Shevchenko in her December issue of Women’s health. The magazine will hit stores on November 23.
“Bruised” is now streaming on Netflix.
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