Halle Berry says seeing black actresses while being raised by single white mom was crucial to her

Halle Berry says seeing black actresses while being raised by single white mom was ‘crucial’ to her

Halle Berry says seeing black actresses while being raised by single white mom was crucial to her Photo

The 54-year-old actress insisted in exclusive clip from the upcoming PBS documentary American Masters: How It Feels To Be Free that it remains ‘crucial’ for Hollywood to create content with diverse casts .

Berry said her ability to look up to actresses such as Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, and Diahann Carroll when she was younger helped to ‘rearrange’ her.

Role models: Halle Berry, shown in May 2019 in Hollywood, shared that having black role models in film and TV was ‘very important’ to her growing up and provided career inspiration

She said: ‘I really struggled to find images of Black women or women that I could identify with. Early on, I remember seeing Lena Horne in ‘Stormy Weather’. I remember seeing Dorothy Dandridge in ‘Carmen Jones’. And then a little after that, I remember seeing Diahann Carroll in ‘Julia’ and that just rearranged me.’

‘Seeing Diahann Carroll being the star of a show and playing a mother who was a nurse, who was educated, who was beautiful, just rearranged me and it made me realise I had value and I could turn to every week, a woman that looked like who I would aspire to be when I grew up,’ she added.

‘I was a Black child being raised by a white woman, so I didn’t have those images in my household. Finding them on television and through movies became very, very crucial to me,’ she said.

Oscar nominee: Dorothy Dandridge, shown playing the title role of Carmen Jones in the 1954 film adaptation, also influenced Berry who later portrayed the Oscar-nominated actress in a biopic

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