I don’t know any trick for straightening.” But then, Berry never much needed tricks to gain notice.
After graduation, a boyfriend submitted her photo to a state beauty pageant.
Halle is completely real, and you immediately want to support her survival.
She’s strong but very vulnerable at the same time.” Berry capitalizes on those contradictions to glide between just-for-fun roles and art-house Oscar bait. “She’s now in that exalted level of American female actors who can command anything she wants.” More often than not, what she wants is free time to spend with her husband, R&B singer Eric Benét, 36, and his 11-year-old daughter India, whom she adopted after marrying Benét in ’01.
“I feel like now I can really talk to him in a strange kind of way,” she says.
ACTRESS HALLE BERRY THERE ARE KISSES AND THEN THERE ARE kisses—rock-your-world, paperback-romance kisses that set hearts aflutter and make knees buckle under.
Such was the case when surprise Best Actor winner Adrien Brody leapt onstage at this year’s Oscars and embraced presenter Halle Berry for what seemed like forever. “I didn’t kiss back at all.” Of course, “I didn’t stop him either!
“No girl looks good in a band uniform,” says Amy Jorgensen, her classmate at Bedford High School, “but Halle was gorgeous.” Berry recalls her teenage look differently: “My face was so full that to this day my husband thinks I had a nose job.” Plus, “I was always trying to straighten my hair.
I haven’t had long hair in so long, and that’s why!