*Halle Berry caught some major heat over the weekend after revealing her plans to play a transgender man in an upcoming film.
During a conversation on Instagram Live with hairstylist Christin Brown, Berry said she’s been preparing for the role for a few years, describing it as “a character where the woman is a trans character. So she’s a woman that transitioned into a man,” she said. Adding, “She’s a character in a project I love that I might be doing.”
Berry continued, “I want to experience that world, understand that world. I want to deep dive in that in the way I did Bruised. Who this woman was is so interesting to me, and that will probably be my next project, and that will require me cutting all of my hair off.”
She added: “That’s what I want to experience and understand and study and explore… it’s really important to me to tell stories, and that’s a woman, that’s a female story – it changes to a man, but I want to understand the why and how of that. I want to get into it.”
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Berry’s remarks did not sit well with some folks, who accused of her misgendering the character. They also slammed the actress for wanting to play a character that should actually be reserved for a transwoman.
Berry has responded to the backlash, making clear that she will no longer take part in the project.
“Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I’d like to apologize for those remarks,” Berry wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) July 7, 2020
“As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories,” she wrote. “I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera.”
You can read her full IG statement above and as well as her full interview with Brown.