Last summer, astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) thought she'd saved humanity from certain doom, but of course that's not the case or else there wouldn't be a Season 2 for "Extant," Berry's first foray into network television, which returns tonight. So what has Berry learned from finishing her freshman year on TV?
"It is a whole lot of work. I mean, I've never worked so hard in my life as last year," Berry says. "And I was nursing — my baby was 3 months old — so I was doing drive-by nursings every two hours — I would go into my trailer, nurse for 10 minutes and off I was — and I was in over my head with the amount of scenes we shoot in a day, the things I had to memorize."
Needless to say, Season 2 was a much smoother experience. "This year, without having the baby nursing, is indelibly better than last year," she says. "But it was an awakening last year. I'm thought, 'I'm going to go into TV, be at home with my family.' I didn't see my family and I never worked harder in my life. So hats off to everybody who does television, because it's a grind."
When Oscar-winner Berry signed up for the show last year, it was big news — despite her being far from the first big-screen star to make the transition. But Berry insists there was no hesitation in her decision. "Not in this day and age. Maybe 10 years ago I would have had to have caused a pause. But the best things, in my opinion, are on television," she says. "As artists, we want to share what we do with the world and this is a really good medium to do that in because the best things are on TV now, in my humble opinion."