Halle Berry on Challenges of Life in a ‘Fishbowl’

By ABC News

Oct 22, 2012 8:24am
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Does Halle Berry have it made? In many ways, the co-star of the upcoming movie “Cloud Atlas” clearly does, but the Academy Award-winning movie star said living her life in a “fishbowl” of constant attention sometimes was “hard to bear.”

Berry was speaking in an interview with Cameron Mathison that aired today on “Good Morning America.”  Mathison asked Berry about how her life was going these days, asking her whether she “had it made.”

Berry replied: “Well, it depends what having it made means. You know, do I have an amazing daughter that I’m wildly proud of who’s the love of my life? Then, okay, then, I have it made. A career that I love? Then, okay, I have it made. Um, amazing friends and family? Then, okay, I have it made. There’s certain things about my life that do make me feel like I have it made,” she replied.

Mathison followed up by asking Berry about the ways in which she didn’t have it made.

“You know, like everybody else, I’ve got the challenges of, you know, motherhood and the sort of fish bowl world that I live in,” she said. “It’s not always the easiest to navigate. I feel a lot of pressure, sometimes, being a public figure and I’m so mindful of people that are listening to every word I say, sometimes, and sometimes that gets hard to bear.”

Berry has received lots of media attention throughout her career, but she has been fiercely protective of her daughter, 4-year-old Nahla.

In “Cloud Atlas,” Berry plays six different characters whose actions resonate over centuries.

She told Mathison that the movie’s theme – that everyone is connected and actions can have consequences over a long period of time – is something she personally believes.

“I think if you look throughout history, you can see how actions of cruelty or kindness have affected where we go. In my life, I think about  what images I’m modeling for my daughter; decisions I’m making and how that will affect her in her life,” Berry said.

“Cloud Atlas,” which also stars Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant, opens on October 26.

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