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Halle Berry wants her fans to know that her life is not perfect, despite her admired beauty.
The 54-year-old actress, who steps into the director's chair for the first time for her upcoming film Bruised, chatted with The New York Times ahead of the movie's release. The interview covers the hardships in Berry's life and how she feels they're ignored because she's seen as beautiful.
"This is another battle I fought my whole life. That because I look a certain way that I've been spared any hardship. I've had loss and pain and a lot of hurt in my life. I've had abuse in my life," she said. "I get really frustrated when people think because I look a certain way that I haven't had any of those real-life experiences because I absolutely have."
Berry has previously spoken out about being abused, telling PEOPLE in 1996 that a former boyfriend hit her so hard her eardrum was punctured.
She continued, "This hasn't spared me one heartbreak or heartache or fearful or tearful moment, trust me."
For Berry, making Bruised was an opportunity to depict a realistic portrait of a Black woman. The Netflix film stars the Oscar winner as a mixed martial arts fighter who is rebuilding her life and hoping to reconnect with her son.
"We haven't seen an African American woman in this way in a movie," Berry said. "I'm from Cleveland, Ohio. I am salt of the earth, it's a world I know and is intrinsic to who I am. If I'm going to get to tell a story, I'm going to make it from a point of view that I know. I thought that was a very good way for me to start."
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Earlier this year, the actress, who won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2002 for Monster's Ball, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her disappointing career trajectory following the win.
"It was surprising, because I thought they were going to just back up the truck and drop them off at my house, right?" Berry said of winning Hollywood's top prize but never getting an influx of offers.
"When you have a historic win like that, you think, 'Oh, this is going to fundamentally change,'" she continued. "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."