Halle Berry is an Academy Award winner and one of the most beautiful actresses to ever grace the screen. But even she can get a little tipsy on occasion.
Chatting with us at the premiere of her new movie “Kidnap” at the Regal South Beach, Berry admitted that immediately after her now-famous, whiskey chugging Comic-Con appearance, she was feeling quite “unsteady.”
The booze helped her tap into the rowdy spirit of Comic-Con. Asked if she has a nerdy side, the glam actress said, “Oh, yeah, and it came out after that pint of whiskey. You should’ve been there.”
Berry also discussed her experience making “Kidnap,” in which she plays a mother chasing down kidnappers who have taken her son. The film opens Aug. 4.
“What I liked about this script was while it was the most unimaginable thing, I liked the triumph of the character because it spoke to the heart of the mama bear, of the ferocious mother lion,” she said. “And I know that lies within all of us. In a way it was a celebration of that mother spirit.”
The topic hits home for Berry: “It hit my heartstrings – many days I was sobbing.”
Mama Bear isn’t just a role Berry plays on screen. The 50-year-old actress has gone to great lengths to protect her children from the notorious paparazzi of Los Angeles. She has teamed up with actress Jennifer Garner to testify before the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would modify the definition of harassment and better protect the children of stars.
“We aren’t whiny celebrities that many times people think we are,” said the mother of two to the committee in 2013. “We’re moms here that are just trying to protect our children.” The bill was subsequently signed into law.
At the Miami premiere, Berry assured us that a mom can channel her inner Hulk for the sake of her babies.
“I think they can do anything in the moment if it’s to save their child,” she said.
Berry also spoke about the pressure of carrying a film on her own. When we asked if she was proud of this accomplishment, she joked, “If this does well, yes – if it bombs, no.”
Spanish Director Luis Prieto feels Berry, who did some of her own driving stunts, succeeded in making the role her own.
“I was so very impressed with her in this movie,” he said.
“It was a huge challenge,” admits Berry, “and that’s why I wanted to do the movie, too. I didn’t know if I could do it, but I thought, ‘I’m going to give it a try.’ “