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Halle Berry hasn’tÂ doneÂ an interview in a while ans so she sat down with Vogue recently and spilled the beans…on her relationship with her daughter’s father, being naked and the Oscar curse!
Halle on gracing the September issue of Vogue: â€œWhat that means for a woman of color and what that means in the fashion world, what that means to pop culture, there was no way I could say, â€˜No Iâ€™m not going to be on the biggest issue of the year.â€™â€
On why she hasnâ€™t given an interview in so long: â€œI was burned-out with having other people tell the story about me that they wanted to tell. I told my publicist, â€˜Iâ€™m not going to talk anymore. Iâ€™m just going to live my life and be who I am.â€™â€
On her daughter, Nahla: â€œBest thing that ever happened to me.â€
â€œIâ€™ll tell you a story: I took her shopping, and I had a little breakdown. Shut the doors! Iâ€™ve lost my daughter! I look around and, sure enough, 30 seconds later, she pokes her head out: â€˜Hi Mommy.â€™ But it made me think: What if she really did get lost? Would she be able to say who she is? So that night, I said â€˜Whatâ€™s your mommyâ€™s name?â€™ She thought about it for a second, and finally she said, â€˜Halle Blueberries!â€™ Blueberries are her favorite fruit.â€
â€œIâ€™m just glad she didnâ€™t say â€˜Halle Blackberry.â€™â€
On her appreciation of the female body: â€œI love the naked female form,â€ she says. â€œI just feel like thatâ€™s the most empowered position you can be in.â€
On being comfortable with her sexuality and body: â€œThat comes with age,â€ she says. â€œIâ€™ve been slowly getting there. If the world wouldnâ€™t persecute me, Iâ€™d take nude pictures every day of the week.â€
On her relationship and breakup with Gabriel Aubry:
â€œItâ€™s just that you realize you are not meant to go the distance with everybody,â€ she says. â€œWe were meant to bring this amazing little person into the world. And I think thatâ€™s why we came together. And because of that, we are going to be together, forever, all three of us. We are a family until we are not here anymore.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think Iâ€™m unlike a lot of people. I am just someone who is trying to find that mate, and I think itâ€™s a really hard thing to do. And I am not willing to stay somewhere where I am not really happy. And I am not willing to pretend I am for the kidâ€™s sake or so that I donâ€™t have to go through another public humiliation.â€
â€œItâ€™s about accepting who we really are, not who we want to be. As much as I have always wanted to be in this committed relationship and have the picket fence and grow old with the same person, Iâ€™m coming to terms with: Maybe thatâ€™s just not who I am.â€
On the â€œOscar curseâ€: â€œEverybody talks about the Oscar curse,â€ she says. â€œPeople win Oscars, and then it seems like they fall off the planet. And thatâ€™s partly because a huge expectation walks in the room and sits right down on top of your head. The moment I won the Oscar, I felt the teardown the very next day. I thought, If Iâ€™m going down, Iâ€™m going down taking chances and daring to risk.â€ â€œHenceâ€¦Catwoman.â€
On her biggest worry: â€œI worry that this whole insatiable appetite for celebrity children will somehow adversely affect Nahla. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s fair, and I donâ€™t think itâ€™s safe. How will she grow up, having been objectified like this for most of her whole young life? Already they write things about her: Oh she looks like this; oh she looks like that. But nobody knows her. They just pick her apart on a very superficial level. How will I be able to help her keep that perspective in this town?â€
Photo from Vogue