Actress refuses to answer to false stories



Halle Berry stars in Columbia Pictures’/Revolution Studios’ Perfect Stranger.


Posters for the new thriller Perfect Stranger ask rhetorically: How far would you go to keep a secret?


It’s a question that could easily be posed to almost any privacy-obsessed Hollywood celebrity.

But the film’s star, Oscar-winner Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball), is quick to point out that reporters can write and say whatever they want about her and her private life — she’s simply too busy doing her job and enjoying her life to care.

“It’s not controllable,” Berry says of the media attention she draws. “(When a reporter calls) I’m thinking I’m not going to comment … write whatever you want to write. If it’s wrong you’ll have egg on your face in nine months when you see I’m not pregnant. I’m not going to try to justify everybody’s whim or answer everybody’s question. That’s not how I’m going to spend my free time.”

For those who need to know, the 40-year-old’s free time is being spent with Canadian model Gabriel Aubry.

But despite being able to indulge in Oscar’s well-polished gaze every day, Berry says leisure time is still relatively hard to come by as she auditions and continues to fight for highly-coveted roles.

“It’s still a struggle,” she insists. “Hilary Swank has two (Academy Awards) and I think she struggles just like I do to get a good part and get the money she thinks she deserves or the money she wants. I think the struggle is the name of the game.”

Part of that problem, she continues, has to do with what she feels is a lack of sound roles for leading ladies in Hollywood.

“I think there are very few and I think we all fight for the same ones.”

But almost the minute she won her best actress Oscar in 2002, becoming the first woman of African-American ancestry to do so, Berry says she could virtually hear doors opening to minority actors who in the past may have been turned down for lead roles.

This year’s best actor Oscar win for Forrest Whitaker (The Last King Of Scotland) and Jennifer Hudson’s best supporting actress Academy Award (Dreamgirls) are further proof, she says, of that sea change in film industry perception of non-white performers.

“The industry has opened the door a little bit and people of colour have been allowed to walk in and take advantage of opportunities,” Berry points out. “It takes hard work, they have to be prepared to walk in and rise to the challenge, but I think given the opportunity, people of colour will and can, and I was really inspired this year.”

Perfect Stranger opens in theatres today.