Halle Berry didn’t want to essay ‘gorgeous girl’ roles
Los Angels, Sep 15 (IANS) Actress Halle Berry didn’t want to play “the gorgeous girl” when she first started out in the film industry.
The “Extant” star came from a modelling background and was desperate not to be cast in movies solely on her looks, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
“I didn’t want to play the gorgeous girl. I came from the world of beauty pageants and modelling and right away when people heard that I got discounted as an actor,” W magazine quoted Berry as saying.
“I took on roles early on that really didn’t rely on my physical self at all and that was a good way to sort of get some credibility within my industry,” added the actress, famous for the “Die Another Day” scene in which she walked out of the sea in a bikini.
The 50-year-old said had a hard time convincing film director Spike Lee to cast her as a “crack ho” in his movie “Jungle Fever”.
“Spike Lee wanted me to read for the part of his wife and I read that part fine enough, but then I said to Spike, ‘You know I really am eyeing this crack ho role, can you please let me audition for that?’ And he said, ‘No, no I don’t see you as the crack ho,” she said.