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Halle Berry Talks Directorial Debut and How She Met Van Hunt During Quarantine | WATCH

Halle Berry & Tamron Hall (screenshot)
Halle Berry & Tamron Hall (YouTube screenshot)

*If you missed it, on the Tuesday (November 23) edition of “Tamron Hall,” Halle Berry joined the broadcast to shed light on her recent directorial debut for Netflix’s new film, “Bruised,” in which Berry also stars.

The iconic actress also opened up about falling in love with partner Van Hunt during quarantine, as well as suffering from “mom guilt” as a working mother. Berry revealed whether she’d ever bring back her classic short haircut and her aspiration to star on Broadway.

Berry on taking the risk to make her directorial debut in Netflix’s “Bruised”:

“Yeah, you remind yourself that, you know, you don’t win big if you don’t risk big.. And this was a very small indie movie, a very low budget for a movie like this. And I had such a huge responsibility playing the role and then my directorial debut. So it was a risk all the way around. And many days I didn’t even know if I would have enough money to finish it. That’s how the indie world is. And I can’t say that people really believed in it in the beginning, because it’s a new story. It’s an old genre, but it’s a new story with a Black woman being helmed by a Black woman. And you know, that’s not always a sure bet to many people.” She continued, “Even if it’s Halle Berry. I’m still a Black woman before I’m Halle Berry. And I get reminded of that over and over and over. So I have to always keep pushing and keep proving and keep trying to break new ground and show that we are worthy. And as Black women, it’s time for us to take our rightful place.”

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Berry on meeting her partner Van Hunt during quarantine:

“I’m only going to share this because I have a fundamental knowing. This situation happened so differently and I think this is what I want young ladies to know, like if I could go back and tell my little self one thing, I would tell myself to start a relationship this way…We met in COVID, so there was no physically getting together. We met [purely] through talking on the phone, writing each other letters and text messages or emails. We didn’t even FaceTime or do anything. We were just listening to the sound of each other’s voice, listening to the words and I was hanging on every word and I said ‘If I see one flag I’m outta here.’ I was like ‘No more. No more. I’m ready to really find someone that’s really right for me.’ And because we hadn’t met there was nothing at stake yet.”

Berry on deciding never to settle again in her love life:

“So I was saying, ‘if I don’t have someone, I’m just gonna find someone,’ and I’m more mindful now about what I say to myself, and what I think about because I’m powerful, we’re powerful, our thoughts are powerful, and we can manifest that. So knowing that, going into this phase of my life, I was very mindful when I was manifesting for myself and realizing I would never settle again. I would go without before I would go with the wrong or something that wasn’t servicing me. And meeting this way, there was nothing to do but talk and get to know, and I really got to understand that this was a person for me and only I know that it’s different because only I know I’ve gone about it differently. So therefore I can confidently say, ‘This is my person,’ because I was in love with this person before I ever met this person.”

Berry on how she handles “mom guilt” as a working mother to two children:

“I think that’s hard. And I think we as women, we carry a lot of guilt when we are working moms and I lose valuable time with my children. But what I’ve also learned is that it’s my job to show up for them and be the best me I can be because they don’t really listen to what I say. They really watch what I do. So when they see me working hard at something I love, and I’m the best version of myself I show up as the best mom for them because I’m happy inside. And so when I miss the time with them, I remind myself that I’m reflecting what I hope they find in their life: a job they love that they work hard at.”

Berry on her desire to star on Broadway as the final act of her career:

“I do want to be on Broadway. That will be I think my last act is to go on Broadway.” She continued, “The play that I want to do, I need to be in my last act of life to do this play that I’m dreaming of doing.”

Berry on her plan to bring back her iconic short haircut:

“Oh yeah, it’s coming. It’s coming back, but when I’m ready and I’m not ready yet.”

Also: British actor, author and activist Alan Cumming shared his mission to lead a transparent life and to show others how to persevere through challenges. Cumming also detailed his confrontation with his father following years of abuse.

Cumming on why he chooses to live his life so openly and honestly:

“Yes. And I think that’s in you know, this book, like you said in the introduction, don’t buy into the Hollywood ending. And I want to show my life as an example of that. Of course I tell you lots of things about my Hollywood life, but I feel that we’re sort of fed this ideal of how we should live and how our relationships should go and the Hollywood ending and I just think it’s our duty to sort of say ‘life’s not really like that.’”

Cumming on the trauma he experienced during childhood:

“One summer I was doing that BBC show, ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ And I find out that my granddad, who I’d never met, was not the father of one of my uncles and also died in Malaysia playing Russian roulette. And then at the same time, my dad told me that I wasn’t his biological son. So that was a great summer. So I wrote my book about that, but because of that, I’m being open and honest about that as well. I realized that that’s something that was more needed in our culture. I think that people need to see well-known people being honest about what they’ve gone through.”

Cumming on confronting his father who emotionally and physically abused him throughout his childhood:

“Actually, I’ve had three saviors in my life. And that was when I’d gone to confront my dad with my brother about what happened in our childhood and it was really incredible. I mean, it’s an incredible thing to face your abuser and, you know, deal with it all. It’s an incredible, scary, but ultimately incredibly sort of life affirming thing to do.” He continued, “The fact I was able to confront my dad meant that I was ready and I’d changed, and mentally I was in a place that I could be open to life again.”

NBA all-star Pau Gasol closed out the broadcast with a conversation about the risks he endured to make his comeback to basketball following his injury that sidelined him for over a year. During the interview, Gasol commented on LeBron James’ recent altercation that led to his suspension.

Gasol on his advice to LeBron James following his recent suspension for an on-court altercation:

“Just keep your elbows down, because you know you get tangled with players. It’s a physical game, obviously he knows that, he’s a physical player. Just make sure you don’t pop anyone in the face like that.”

Following are highlights for Tamron Hall for the remainder of the week. Please note: lineup is subject to change.  

Wednesday, November 24: Thanksgiving cooking with gratitude – chefs Carla Hall, Rocco DiSpirito, and Lazarus Lynch cook their favorite Thanksgiving dishes and share what they are grateful for this holiday season. Plus, an all-new Tam Fam Deal to kick off holiday shopping.

Thursday, November 25: Tamron kicks off the first-ever Tam Fam Kindness Challenge, an inspiring show full of surprises and highlighting what people are willing to do for others. (OAD: 9/10/21)

Friday, November 26: Kofi Siriboe from OWN’s “Queen Sugar” is joined by his mom, Koshie Mills. Plus, how far would you go for family? Meet one woman who went to medical school to solve her sister’s lifelong mystery illness. And, a 17-year-old boy who survived cancer after his 12-year-old sister gave him a lifesaving bone marrow transplant.  (OAD: 9/27/21)
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