Halle Berry On Motherhood: “I Thought I Knew Love Before”

Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry graces the March cover of ESSENCE magazine. The mother of 10-month-old Nahla just wrapped her latest movie, Frankie and Alice. The 42-year-old opens up about her partnership with Gabriel Aubry, her career choices now that she’s a mom, and how she’s going bald for an upcoming role.

On the joy of motherhood: “When I looked at the stick and saw I was pregnant … I was so happy.” Halle adds, “I thought I knew love before, but I never knew anything like this.”

On her partnership with model Gabriel Aubry: “I tried Black men. I tried,” she jokes in a mock southern accent. “I married two Black men. You know I tried.” She laughs again before clarifying that “I don’t hold all Black males responsible because of the two bad eggs I got. I even dated Black men after my last divorce, but this is just where I found love.” The 42-year-old actress went on to say, “I feel more married now than I did in any of my actual marriages. We live the truth of that and that’s more important than a piece of paper.”

On continuing on with her red-hot Hollywood career: “A film has to be really special for me to leave the house. I have to love it. I mean really, really love it.” The Oscar winner went on to say, “I don’t want my daughter to look back at my work and think, ‘Mom sold out,’ ” she says. “I want to leave a legacy that she can be proud of.”

On going bald for a role: “I am shaving it off,” she says. “I know. Here comes the controversy, but I have to do it for the role and it will grow back—I hope.”

On her longevity in Hollywood: “Setbacks energize me. They make me realize that I have more work to do.”

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