Halle Berry's Crushes Range from Michael B. Jordan to Jodie Foster

The actress has watched "Creed" six times just to watch Jordan "do his thing," and is also partial to Meryl Streep – especially when it comes to crying at movies, one of her favorite pastimes. She tells Lynn Hirschberg the story of how she first got started, from winning Miss Teen Ohio without even applying to hating cats before she became Catwoman.

Released on 9/14/2016

Credits

Starring: Halle Berry
Featuring: Lynn Hirschberg

Transcript

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The first thing I auditioned for was a television series
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called Living Dolls, back in the late '80s.
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And I got that job!
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(laughter)
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Scariest day of my life.
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My character was Emily.
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She was very innocent.
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She was the girl that started every scene with, Hi guys!
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And ended the scene with, Come on, let's go!
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She had no purpose.
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(laughter)
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But, it was my first job.
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Luckily for me, that show was very short lived.
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My next job was with Spike Lee in Jungle Fever, crack ho.
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[Unseen Woman] Crack ho.
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I played a crack ho.
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I loved her so much, Viv the crack ho.
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Yeah, it was intentional to not play the gorgeous girl.
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I came from the world of beauty pageants and modeling,
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and right away when people heard that,
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I got discounted as an actor.
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So I had the job of trying to eliminate
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that part of my persona.
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Well actually I went into beauty pageants
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because my boyfriend at the time entered me.
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He wanted a beauty pageant girlfriend.
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I got this letter in the mail saying,
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You are a finalist in the Miss Teen Ohio.
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And I thought, What is this?
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And he told me,
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Oh by the way,
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I sent your prom picture in, and now you have to go.
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So I took my prom dress, I went to this content,
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and I ended up winning.
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And once you start winning these things,
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it's like a snowball.
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Then you have to go to the next one.
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Then if you win there, you go to the next one.
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And I kept winning all the way to the Miss USA pageant,
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where I did not win, I was first runner up.
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Yeah, with Monster's Ball,
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Lee Daniels did say he didn't wanna see me read.
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He was actually disgusted by thought.
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He thought, There's no way!
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And, my argument to him was,
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Just because someone looks a certain way
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doesn't mean that they are spared adversity.
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I said I often think it's more interesting
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when you see someone that looks a certain way
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struggle in ways that you wouldn't think
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they would be struggling.
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Ultimately he gave me a chance,
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and that sort of changed the course of my career.
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I loved Catwoman.
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I really did.
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I hated cats going into that movie.
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And I came out of that movie with a cat.
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They gave me one of the cats from the movie.
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And now I'm a die hard cat lover.
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I would have to say Jodie Foster.
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My crush was because I so admired her talent.
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I remember when I first saw her in The Accused.
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Seeing her in that movie was one of the reasons
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I really stayed committed to being an actor myself.
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I loved Michael B. Jordan!
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I've seen Creed six times now,
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just to watch Michael B. Jordan do his thing. (laughs)
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So many movies make me cry.
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Sometimes I put movies on just to cry.
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Sometimes I need to sort of get a good cry on
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and get some stuff out of me personally.
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I put on a great movie and just let it rip.
02:33
In Bridges of Madison County,
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when Meryl Streep is in the car and it's raining,
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and he is out there, and he's looking back at her,
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and she's looking at him,
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and Meryl's waiting for her husband
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to come out of the store, and he gets in the car,
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and she's got her hand on the handle,
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and she wants to get out so bad.
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And Clint Eastwood is looking at her all sopped in water
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and looking pitiful.
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And she wants to get out, and she wants to get out,
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and she wants to get out, but she just doesn't get out.
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And she watches her life drive away.
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And she just sits there and in her pain and in her hurt,
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and just looks the guy she really is married to,
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and knows that this is how it's goin' down.
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And that just so breaks my heart.
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It just gets me every time.