In a new interview with The New York Times’ T Magazine – Halle Berry talks about the paparazzi while promoting Cloud Atlas. The 46-year-old actress says being chased by photographers is hard on 4-year-old Nahla.
She reveals, “I get it about the celebrity stuff. It’s part of my job to recognize that there’s a certain part of my life the public wants to hear about. But it’s not O.K. that they’re doing terrible things to my daughter. One night, after they chased us, it took me two hours just to get her calmed down enough to get to sleep.”
Berry is fighting for a custody arrangement that would allow her to move to France with Nahla and Olivier Martinez.
“I can’t grow my daughter in L.A. You take a little child who is just trying to learn about the world and have all these people with cameras chasing after her, calling things out to her about her mother. It’s starting to make her feel special and different. I want her to feel special and different, but not for the reason of being my child.”
Asked what she would do if she could manage to evade the press for just one day she states, “I’d go to the market with my daughter. Go to Santa Monica Pier and take her on a ride. Nothing special. Just live some normal life for once.”
Berry also reveals her favorite book to read to Nahla is Harold and the Purple Crayon.
“It’s a book about creating your own reality,” Berry says. “Sometimes, with Nahla, we’ll take out the crayons and I’ll say, ‘If you could be Harold — only you’re Nahla — and you had that purple crayon, where would you go?’
She adds, “We think up all kinds of things to do and places to go. One thing about Harold, he’s colorless. That crayon can take you anywhere.”