Halle Berry follows ‘Bruised’ by entering multi-film partnership with Netflix

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Honoree Halle Berry accepts The People’s Icon of 2021 award on stage during the 2021 People’s Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, on December 7, 2021. [Photo by: Alberto Rodriquez/E! Entertainment/NBC]

Academy Award winner Halle Berry and Netflix will continue to collaborate though a new partnership that will see Berry star in and produce new films.

Berry’s feature directorial debut, “Bruised,” was released globally on Netflix last month and landed at the No. 1 spot in the United States and No. 2 spot on the Top 10 Global English Film List. The film was No. 1 in 21 countries and was watched for 47.7 million hours in its first five days, according to a news release.

“There are few people with a career like Halle Berry. She’s an award winning actress, producer and as audiences saw this past week, she’s an incredible director. We’re thrilled to be in her corner as she delivers power in front of and behind the camera in ‘Bruised’ and look forward to telling more stories together,” said Scott Stuber, head of global film for Netflix, in a statement.

Along with making her bow as a director, Berry also stars in “Bruised,” the triumphant story of a fighter who reclaims her power, in and out of the ring, when everyone has counted her out. The plot follows a disgraced MMA fighter who must fight a rising MMA star, while journeying to become the mother her child deserves. The film first debuted at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix and was released on the streaming platform in November.

“My directorial debut, ‘Bruised,’ was a labor of love. … The Netflix team has not only been collaborative and creative, but extremely passionate and a delight to work with. I am beyond grateful for the partnership and look forward to telling more stories together,” Berry said in a statement.

Halle Berry stars in “Bruised,” on which she also made her directorial debut. [Netflix photo]

Apart from her Netflix deal, Berry will next be seen in two upcoming Netflix features: the sci-fi film “The Mothership,” from writer/director Matt Charman, which Berry will also executive produce, and the action movie “Our Man From Jersey,” alongside Mark Wahlberg.

Additionally upcoming, Berry will be seen in Roland Emmerich-helmed sci-fi epic “Moonfall” for Lionsgate. “Moonfall” follows the journey of three unlikely heroes mounting a last-ditch mission into space to save the world from annihilation after a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit. The film is due in theaters Feb. 4.

Berry continues to break down barriers acting in a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles and most recently added the title of ‘director’ to her already impressive filmography.

For her brilliant performance in “Monster’s Ball,” she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the first Black woman to ever receive that honor. Berry’s performance garnered her numerous other awards including Best Actress awards from the Screen Actors Guild, the Berlin Silver Bear and the National Board of Review.

Berry also earned an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG and NAACP Image Award for her extraordinary performance in HBO’s telefilm “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” which she also produced. Berry was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in “Frankie and Alice.”

In addition, Berry accepted the People’s Icon Award Dec. 7 at the 2021 People’s Choice Awards, where she paid tribute to her devoted fans in a passionate speech.

“You know, the only reason I have been here for 30 years still working,” Berry said on stage at the Barker Hangar, “doing what I love on my own terms, redefining myself decade after decade is because of all of you! Every single one of you! Every single one of you. You allow me to be myself.”

Berry, 55, continued, “When I fall down, my fans, the public, you pick me up. And when I’m up, you push me higher. So thank you, thank you from my heart. From my heart.”

Her acceptance speech included a shoutout to her children, Nahla, 13, and Maceo, 8.

“They have to lose so much time with their mommy,” she concluded, “because I get to go work and do what I love. So thank you Nahla, thank you, Maceo. I hope you find something in life you can love and can do with as much vigor and zest that I do.

Berry’s career has spanned three decades, including performances in “Die Another Day,” “Jungle Fever,” “Losing Isaiah,” “Bulworth,” “Swordfish” and “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.”

She has garnered praise not only for her roles on-screen, but also for her philanthropic work with a range of organizations focusing on women and children and underserved communities. She is an active supporter and chair member of the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles, which was founded in 1980 and assists victims of domestic violence and aims to change the pattern of abuse in the lives of women and children. She previously partnered with Michael Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop campaign and the United Nations World Food Programme to raise awareness for building a world with zero hunger.

Berry joined forces with Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to launch the Diabetes Aware Campaign and has supported a vast amount of charities and organizations such as, Revlon Run/Walk, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Afghanistan Relief Organization, Stand Up to Cancer, Love Our Children USA and Clothes Off Our Back and Black Lives Matter.

In 2020, Berry founded rē•spin, which is a platform created to provide broader access to health and wellness content and products through inclusivity and conversation. Rooted in discovery and learning, the heart of rē•spin is its global community connected around the core belief of a holistic mind, body, and soul approach to wellness.

-BAM

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