Halle Berry talks 'Cloud Atlas,' motherhood, playing man and white woman (Video)
Halle Berry told OTRC.com that filming "Cloud Atlas," in which she plays six characters, including a white woman and an Asian man, made her think more about the decisions she makes in life and how they could affect her daughter.
"Cloud Atlas" is based on a 2004 book by David Mitchell. It has six interconnected stories, including that of a journalist, played by Berry, who investigates alleged corruption at a nuclear power plant in 1975 and a tribesman living a primitive life in a post-apocalyptic future.
"It made me start to think more deeply about everything that we do, and everything that we say, and how it does reverberate and how it does have a cause and effect," Berry told OTRC.com host Rachel Smith at the film's recent Los Angeles premiere.
"It's made me think about, more deeply, about being a mother and things I do, choices I make, and even things that I don't do that will affect, not only my daughter, but, you know, her children and her children and her children and her children," she said.
Berry's daughter, Nahla, is 4 years old. The actress has been involved in a custody battle with the child's father, ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry. Berry is seeking legal approval to move with her daughter to France, citing frequent encounters with paparazzi in their current hometown of Los Angeles.
Berry and Tom Hanks both have six roles in "Cloud Atlas" and appear during different time periods and locations. Berry said it was "awesome" to play different characters of different races, genders and social positions.
"I mean, you know, to sit in that chair and go to sleep, and then wake up and then be a man, or be a white woman, [laughs], it doesn't get better than that," she told OTRC.com and other outlets.
Her male character is an elderly Asian man with rotting teeth and a mechanical eye. Co-Star Jim Sturgess told MTV News that he had a "surreal kind of messed-up moment" on the set when he had a casual conversation with Berry when she was wearing the makeup.
"We were talking about her kid and how she's integrating into German schools, but she was dressed as this bizarre-looking Korean man with rotting teeth," he said. "It tripped my head up. I had to go sit in a corner for five minutes and get my head together."
Berry also said she "loved all" the time-travel aspect of the film, saying at the premiere: "I love that I got to go from, you know, the early 1800's to far, far, far in the future. That's what I loved."
At the event, Berry wore a glittery, skin-tight strapless silver Dolce & Gabbana cocktail dress and accessorized with dangling silver earrings, her emerald and diamond engagement ring and was accompanied by her fiance, Olivier Martinez. (Check out photos from the premiere.)
"Cloud Atlas" hit theaters on October 26 and also stars Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving and Hugh Grant. The movie was directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and his sister Lana Wachowski.Check out the trailer below.
(Pictured above: Halle Berry appears as Jocasta Ayrs in a scene from "Cloud Atlas." / Halle Berry talks to OTRC.com at the Los Angeles premiere of "Cloud Atlas" on October 24, 2012. / Doona Bae appears as Sonmi-451 and Halle Berry appears as Ovid in a scene from "Cloud Atlas.")
Additional reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).