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Halle Berry is 'really frustrated' by assumptions based on her appearance: 'This hasn't spared me one heartbreak'

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Halle Berry made her directorial debut with Bruised, but the 55-year-old actress explained in a new profile for the New York Times that she has been unknowingly preparing for her role in the film her whole life.

"I understood who this character of Jackie Justice was and where she came from," Berry told writer Salamishah Tillet. "I loved it because fighting is something that I just know so much about on a personal level and on a career level. I understand what it is to fight and not be heard. I understand the trauma of life that makes one want to fight, need to fight, have to fight."

Jackie Justice is a disgraced MMA fighter making a desperate attempt at a comeback, all while fighting to provide for her estranged six-year-old son. The role was initially floated to Blake Lively, who passed, before Berry claimed it.

As Tillet described, Berry endured up to six hours of intense training per day, and on the screen, Jackie's "eyes are constantly swollen, her lips bleeding, and she wears baggy pants and braids without a hint of glamour."

"This is another battle I fought my whole life," the Oscar winner noted. "That because I look a certain way that I’ve been spared any hardship. I've had loss and pain and a lot of hurt in my life. I've had abuse in my life. I get really frustrated when people think because I look a certain way that I haven’t had any of those real-life experiences because I absolutely have. ... This hasn’t spared me one heartbreak or heartache or fearful or tearful moment, trust me."

Berry has previously been outspoken about the domestic violence she has suffered, and she has more recently touched on the misconceptions made about her based upon age, gender and race while gracing the cover of Entertainment Weekly last month:

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That is not what she was saying. She was talking about how people judge you based on how you may look. Obviously some people think because she is who she is, that she never endured anything, In other words like because she has been labeled 1 of the most beautiful woman in the world that she don't have struggles like everybody else. She was not screaming victim.


Why are the overwhelming majority of the negative comments from women? How you feel about others has more to do with you than it does with them. We've all had problems and heartache. A little compassion never hurt anyone.

Jessica Justice

I cannot believe I am seeing so many WOMEN tearing her down for opening up. She might have a life that we may never experience with comforts we may never know but she doesn't necessarily live happily ever after. Everyone has their struggles. Someone cared enough to ask her about hers for this story and she opened up, which she doesn't do often, only to get torn down for doing so. This is ridiculous. Women shouldn't be tearing each other down but building each other up.


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