Beau­ti­ful Berry’s bon mots

24 Hours Toronto - - News - JANE STEVEN­SON

Berry beau­ti­ful.

Halle Berry, who wowed on the Kings red car­pet in a low-cut pantsuit, said be­com­ing a mom helped in­form her char­ac­ter in the TIFF drama about the 1992 L.A. riots.

Berry plays a woman who has taken in eight kids and is helped out by her south-cen­tral neigh­bour­hood recluse (Daniel Craig, who was sadly not on the red car­pet) dur­ing the riots that erupted when sev­eral cops were ac­quit­ted of as­sault­ing Rod­ney King.

“Well, play­ing the mother of eight foster kids — def­i­nitely be­ing a mom — in­formed ev­ery choice I made for the char­ac­ter, ev­ery mo­ment,” Berry, 51, told re­porters on the red car­pet.

“There’s a scene where I kiss all the kids’ lit­tle feet. I’ve done that 100 times with my own kids so there’s a know­ing what that feel­ing is all about.”

As for the sub­ject mat­ter, Berry said: “It was an im­por­tant time in our Amer­i­can his­tory and we’re still strug­gling with it so I think it de­serves more looks, more con­ver­sa­tions, more ways to look at it, more eyes to see it through and I think (Turk­ish­born, French-raised di­rec­tor­writer Deniz Gamze Er­gu­ven) tells it from a very fem­i­nine point of view, how that night was mis­han­dled and how it af­fected so many lives and how it still af­fects us.”

In real life, Berry has a daugh­ter with French Cana­dian model Gabriel Aubry and a younger son with French ac­tor and sec­ond ex­hus­band Olivier Martinez.

She said they are the ac­com­plish­ments she’s most proud of.

“My kids — I have had two in my 40s. I have man­aged to have two beau­ti­ful, healthy chil­dren, like that’s the best I think I could ever do in life,” said Berry.

Kings is Er­gu­ven’s fol­lowup to her Academy Award­nom­i­nated 2015 fea­ture de­but Mus­tang.

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