“It’s about something real. It’s not about fantasy. It’s not action. It’s not a comic book. These are the movies that used to be big back in my day like One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, and those kind of movies that people went to see. It’s about something. It’s about mental illness. It’s about a woman’s struggle to survive. It’s a true story about a real woman and therefore it’s inspiring. “
Berry says she prepared for the role by studying people who have the disorder which also appeared in the movies in films like Three Faces of Eve and the 70’s TV miniseries Sybil, starring Sally Field.“I spent a lot of time looking at videos of real people who suffer from this disorder. Some people have 30 plus personalities living inside their body, if you can imagine that. Our character, Frankie, has two.
An 8-year-old child and a racist white woman lived inside this black inner-city go-go dancer. When I heard the story, I said ‘That can’t be real.’ But it was this woman’s struggle of how she dealt with this and got all her fragments together. Now she’s one of the best teachers at one of the most prestigious universities in the country. She survived.”
Now that she’s settled and happy, will Berry have more kids?
“I wasn’t planning on having the second one that I have,” she laughs. “So I can’t say that I am or not. God will determine that one.”
Halle Berry: ‘Don’t Believe the Hype. Life Could Not Be Better’ was originally published on blackamericaweb.com