Halle Berry Says Her Post-Oscar Acting Career Was ‘Surprising’: I Thought They Were Going To Drop Offers Off At My House

Halle Berry Says Her Post-Oscar Acting Career Was ‘Surprising’: I Thought They Were Going To Drop Offers Off At My House

Halle Berry is opening up about how her post-Oscar job prospects were not quite what she envisioned.

During her sit-down with Entertainment Weekly (published Aug. 10), Halle Berry spoke on her post-Oscar acting career and how it ultimately surprised her.

Halle Berry made history at the 2002 Oscars after she became the first–and, to date, only–Black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress. She memorably gave an emotional and heartfelt speech while accepting her Academy Award.

While her Oscar win made history, it didn’t influence her acting career in the way she anticipated. Halle Berry said of her post-Oscar job prospects:

“It was surprising. Because I thought they were going to just back up the truck and drop [the job offers] off at my house, right? When you have a historic win like that, you think, ‘Oh, this is going to fundamentally change.’ It did fundamentally change me, but it didn’t change my place in the business overnight. I still had to go back to work. I still had to try to fight to make a way out of no way.”

She also acknowledged that she had to take many roles she didn’t find particularly favorable, adding:

“It’s like, okay, that’s a film I can’t say I’m totally in love with, but this isn’t a hobby. It’s how I take care of my children. But I try to keep that sense of wonder and stay curious. Because being a Black woman, I haven’t always had parts that I absolutely love.”

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Authored by: Nick Alexander Fenley