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!
Halle is the most down-to-earth person.” That’s refreshing for an actress with one of the most out-of-this-world bodies in Hollywood. “It’s important to feel good about myself physically. At the end, I feel like I’ve done something really challenging.” Even more rigorous is Berry’s strict diet, which centers around chicken, fish, veggies, brown rice and tabbouleh.
(When asked to name his wife’s best feature, Benét struggles. It’s something I think about.” To that end, she follows a fitness program that gets the best results from the least amount of time. ” Berry says of her daily treadmill-and-weights workout routine. In 1989 she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which impairs the body’s ability to either produce enough insulin or use insulin properly.
During the past year, Berry and Benét have had to repeatedly confront talk of trouble.
Although Benét previously has admitted to “mistakes,” Berry says the union is solid: “He has brought me a lot of joy.” Still, she acknowledges, “all marriages are challenging. This is too much work.’ But I have a partner who is willing to do the hard work.
“I think I’m a lot closer to him now than I ever was when he was alive.” Growing up, Berry says, she struggled to fit in.
“I feel like now I can really talk to him in a strange kind of way,” she says.
“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!
But the actress credits her mom—who raised the girls solo after Jerome left the family when Halle was 4—with instilling an inner strength.
“She never wanted me to focus on my physical self,” recalls Berry, who remains very close to her mother.