Halle Berry credits pixie cut with helping her launch acting career

Halle Berry is certain she landed her first acting role because she cut her hair short. The actress broke into the industry when she nabbed a role on 1980s sitcom Living Dolls, and later went on to appear in films such as Jungle Fever, the X-Men franch…

Halle Berry is certain she landed her first acting role because she cut her hair short.

The actress broke into the industry when she nabbed a role on 1980s sitcom Living Dolls, and later went on to appear in films such as Jungle Fever, the X-Men franchise, Swordfish, and Monster’s Ball, for which she won the Best Actress Oscar in 2002.

Halle became famous for the short hairstyle she sported in these roles and she believes the look is the reason she booked her first professional acting job.

“When I got this haircut, I felt like my best self. I had no hair to hide behind. It was just all me, take it or leave it, love it or hate it, it was who I was,” the 52-year-old said in an interview with InStyle. “I cut my hair short when I first became an actor and I finally got a job. I think that was because the directors and producers actually saw me. Before that, I had long hair like every other girl like me and I dared to cut it short and that actually got me my first job on Living Dolls – so I have an affinity for short hair.”

Halle now sports long, wavy locks but hasn’t turned her back on the pixie cut for good, as she teased, “I’ll go back, one day.”

The star spoke to InStyle to mark the publication’s 25th anniversary and reflected on her cover appearances in July 2000, September 2004, February 2008, and November 2012.

She also shared that landing the 2000 cover was a big deal because it was rare to see African-Americans fronting magazines back then.

“You know, 20 years ago, Black faces on magazine covers were few and far between,” she said. “Those early covers, like my first one for InStyle in 2000, meant so much to me because I knew what it meant to other Black women and Black little girls to see themselves represented in popular culture.”

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Elie Saab thrilled to be outfitting longtime clients’ grandchildren

Elie Saab is thrilled to have been in the industry so long that he is now outfitting his clients’ grandchildren.The Lebanese fashion designer opened his first atelier in Beirut in 1982, and quickly built up a loyal following for his bridal and eveningw…

Elie Saab is thrilled to have been in the industry so long that he is now outfitting his clients’ grandchildren.

The Lebanese fashion designer opened his first atelier in Beirut in 1982, and quickly built up a loyal following for his bridal and eveningwear, which featured luxury detailing in the form of pearls, silk and crystals. 

Saab counts Beyonce, Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie among his A-list clientele, but he has now shared that his other dedicated customers are just as important.

“I started with the grandmother, with (the mother) and now with the granddaughter… I remember how when I was 14 years old, I used to make the grandmother’s dress, after that (the mother’s) and now the granddaughter’s. That’s real legacy, and it impresses me a lot,” he commented in an interview for Vogue Australia. “(Now, the Elie Saab women) are young girls, really young girls-and it surprises me a lot-the ability of young girls to love haute couture and who like to look really exceptional.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Saab noted that he finds it interesting that his gowns never look the same on two different women, and he always seeks to find the right “balance” between utilising embellishment and embroidery, and allowing the wearer to shine.

“It is a very feminine style, it’s a style that’s balanced. (We achieve) the right balance because it’s not obvious that we make dresses with enough embroidery and enough work to not to disturb the eye,” the 55-year-old stated. “It’s not too flashy.”

Saab also insisted that he doesn’t have a muse and takes inspiration from many sources, though did note that he greatly admires Halle Berry, who famously wore one of his gowns to collect an Oscar in 2002, as well as the always sophisticated Queen Rania of Jordan.

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Elie Saab credits Halle Berry with popularising brand

Fashion designer Elie Saab has credited Halle Berry with putting his brand on the map. The actress famously wore a daring Elie Saab gown which featured a sheer mesh top covered in floral embroidery and a full red satin skirt when she attended the 2002…

Fashion designer Elie Saab has credited Halle Berry with putting his brand on the map.

The actress famously wore a daring Elie Saab gown which featured a sheer mesh top covered in floral embroidery and a full red satin skirt when she attended the 2002 Academy Awards, where she become the first African-American woman to win the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Monster’s Ball.

The iconic gown has been cited as one of the best Oscars dresses of all time on numerous lists, and as such, the Lebanese designer believes she was the driving force behind his brand’s popularity.

“Halle Berry made the name Elie Saab more popular… She managed to really put the name Elie Saab on the international market,” he told Vogue.com.au. “(That time) was a better time for cinema in general. (She) was the first woman of colour (to win) … It was elegant and daring and chic. I think this moment was a very exceptional moment for cinema.”

Saab has remained one of Berry’s favourite designers, and she has been spotted wearing his creations on a number of occasions, including an appearance at the 2011 Costumer Designers Guild Awards, presenting at the 2014 Emmy Awards, and most recently, for the premiere of her TV series Boomerang in February.

Celebrities including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Sandra Bullock have since gone on to wear Saab’s creations on the red carpet, and he told the publication he aims to enhance their beauty.

“Celebrities are women who like to be beautiful, like all women, and I really only work for this, so that I can see beautiful women… I present creations that always flatter them, that enhance them and their beauty,” he said.

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John Wick 4 confirmed for 2021 release date

The next chapter in Keanu Reeves’ John Wick franchise is to be released in 2021.Following the release of the third instalment of the series, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, earlier this month, executives at Lionsgate confirmed on Monday that they ha…

The next chapter in Keanu Reeves’ John Wick franchise is to be released in 2021.

Following the release of the third instalment of the series, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, earlier this month, executives at Lionsgate confirmed on Monday that they have greenlit another film, currently titled John Wick: Chapter 4.

The flick is slated for release on 21 May 2021, with the news first announced via a text message to fans who had signed up for news about the movies, with the note reading, “You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming – May 21, 2021.”

No other details regarding the cast or plot were shared.

The third feature in the neo-noir action franchise saw Reeves return as the titular character, with Chad Stahelski back directing. Also starring Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane, the narrative focuses on ex-hitman Wick as he discovers himself on the run after killing a member of an international assassin’s guild.

The film, which was shot in New York City, Montreal, and Morocco, has received positive reviews from critics, especially in regards to fight choreography, aesthetics and Reeves’ performance. On its opening weekend, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum grossed $57 million (£44 million) in the United States and Canada, and $35 million (£27 million) in other territories, for a worldwide total of $92 million (£72 million).

In addition to working on the new film, Reeves has a busy slate of projects at present. He is in the pre-production stages of movies The Starling and Rally Car, and is set to reprise one of his most famous roles – time-travelling layabout Ted Logan – in a new Bill & Ted movie.

The 54-year-old has also been attached to play John Rain in upcoming TV series Rain, and recently shared in a chat with Variety that he would like to play demon hunter John Constantine in a follow-up to his 2005 film Constantine.

“I’ve always wanted to play John Constantine again. I just love that world, too, and I love that character,” he commented.

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Halle Berry: ‘John Wick 3 was the hardest job of my life’

Halle Berry has never faced a greater challenge than the physical training she took on for her new action film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.The actress portrays assassin Sofia in the movie and she spent several hours a week, sometimes working out …

Halle Berry has never faced a greater challenge than the physical training she took on for her new action film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

The actress portrays assassin Sofia in the movie and she spent several hours a week, sometimes working out twice a day, to get prepared for the physical role.

“I trained for six months straight,” she tells ET Online. “Firearms, fight, all of these martial arts, dog training. I had never been challenged in that way, so, hands down this was the hardest (experience).”

“I never worked so hard in my life, honestly, for a film role ever,” she adds to Extra, before praising co-star and leading man Keanu Reeves for his influence on her workout regimen for the project. “I watched Keanu raise the bar every day so I had no choice but to step up to his level and try to be on par with him the best I could.”

Halle worked with her personal trainer of five years Peter Lee Thomas extensively, as well as John Wick 3 fight trainer Heidi Moneymaker at least five days a week for the film.

She mastered pull-ups and jump rope, while perfecting intense fighting and military style training, such as dragging a 65 pound (30 kilogram) sand bag behind her while sprinting up stairs.

“(The sand bag training) is one of several non-traditional ways of attacking the core,” Thomas tells USA Today. “It truly represents what military personnel fighters go through.”

And he has always been very impressed with Halle’s hard work: “This woman could walk through walls,” the fitness expert adds. “She’s a titan.”

Halle broke three ribs training for John Wick 3, but she is now fully recovered and back in the gym to prepare for her new action film Bruised, which will also mark her directorial debut.

“This woman is so hard-working and tough, I had to tell her to stop,” movie fight trainer Moneymaker recalls of Berry’s commitment. “She did go through a lot of strains and bruises, but even if she was dog-tired, if I said, ‘How do you feel?’ she’d say, ‘Great, let’s go again.'”

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Halle Berry open to starring in another James Bond film

Halle Berry isn’t ruling out another Bond girl outing following her showstopping role in 2002’s Die Another Day. The mother-of-two, who has returned to action roles for the latest John Wick sequel, portrayed Jinx Johnson in the 007 hit, which featured…

Halle Berry isn’t ruling out another Bond girl outing following her showstopping role in 2002’s Die Another Day.

The mother-of-two, who has returned to action roles for the latest John Wick sequel, portrayed Jinx Johnson in the 007 hit, which featured Pierce Brosnan as Bond, and she wouldn’t mind reprising the character – or playing a new femme fatale.

“Maybe not tomorrow, because I’m kind of busy right now so my dance card is sort of full, but in a few years time, if they asked, I’d do it,” she said when asked about returning to the franchise, reports MailOnline.

Recalling her time as a Bond girl, Halle added: “It was one of the best experiences of my career working with that family, so I’m excited to see the new film.”

Daniel Craig will close out his stint as the super sleuth in the 25th, as yet untitled, Bond movie, which began shooting in Jamaica last month. It marks his fifth outing as the English spy.

Speaking to Hello! recently about John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, where she joins Keanu Reeves who’s back as the title character, she explained why she badgered returning director Chad Stahelski for the role of assassin Sofia.

“I knew I was strong enough to do this role which is why I reached out to Chad and told him he didn’t have a choice but to cast me,” she said. “I know I am 52 but I am also strong and active and I am tired of being defined by the number of my birthdays.

“It’s really important that we women start to kick ageism in the face by showing what we can do.”

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Halle Berry became Malinois mistress for John Wick sequel

Halle Berry worked tirelessly with Belgian Malinois dogs for months to perfect her role as a tough girl in the new John Wick sequel. The actress spent four days a week over “several months” working with Andrew Simpson, a leading animal handler who is …

Halle Berry worked tirelessly with Belgian Malinois dogs for months to perfect her role as a tough girl in the new John Wick sequel.

The actress spent four days a week over “several months” working with Andrew Simpson, a leading animal handler who is best known for training the direwolves in Game of Thrones, getting to know the five dogs picked for the action movie.

“I spent four days a week, three hours a day, going through drills with the dogs to build a close relationship,” the Oscar winner tells WENN. “Malinois are super smart and fiercely loyal but, at the same time, they like to play, which made it fun. I’m an animal person. I have two dogs myself, so the sweetest part of my training day was always hanging out with the dogs.”

The rest of Halle’s training was much more gruelling and centred around martial arts, core strength and conditioning so she could keep up with director and former stuntman Chad Stahelski’s touch pace.

“Because of Chad’s long takes, it was essential to have really good cardiovascular stamina so I could do lots of moves at once and then do them over and over,” Berry explains. “I also really wanted to show I could keep up with Keanu Reeves, which is no easy deal.”

But her co-star was very impressed with the actress’ work ethic, adding, “She was 100 per cent committed. Not only did she go through months of martial arts and weapons training, she also had the dog training.

“She got to the point that our dog trainer said to me, ‘They treat Halle as their trainer now’, which is amazing. She showed up in every way. It was great fun for me to be able to work with her dramatically and to have her be such a strong partner in the action.”

And Halle also won praise from stuntwoman Heidi Moneymaker, who signed on as the star’s personal trainer for the shoot: “Halle’s very athletic, works hard and she picks stuff up incredibly fast.”

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Halle Berry’s pride at nailing John Wick 3 fight scene

Halle Berry felt “so much pride” after she and Keanu Reeves nailed a tricky fight sequence for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.The third instalment of the action franchise picks up right where the second left off, with Reeves’ retired assassin John W…

Halle Berry felt “so much pride” after she and Keanu Reeves nailed a tricky fight sequence for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

The third instalment of the action franchise picks up right where the second left off, with Reeves’ retired assassin John Wick trying to escape New York after having a global bounty of $14 million placed on his head for killing his nemesis inside the Continental hotel.

Berry is a new addition to the cast as a dog-loving hired assassin and Wick’s close friend Sofia, and she spent months training to hold her own besides Reeves.

“We had a scene where we’re on a rug and we had to take down like 12, 14, 15 some-odd guys together on a rug and I thought, ‘Hmm, how is this going to work? How are we not going to knock each other out and throw our guys? This isn’t going to happen,'” she recalled to Entertainment Tonight. “And then I remember when we did it I felt so much pride.

“I felt like, ‘Holy s**t, I just did a movie with Keanu on a rug and we did this s**t!’ I was so amped. That was the moment that it hit me that I was working with Keanu and I was a part of this franchise that I had loved so long.”

In addition to spending five days a week training for six months to learn martial arts, the Oscar winner also had to train with her canine co-stars.

“I worked with these dogs a lot so they could get to know me and I could get to know them,” she explained. “And I could command them on the day and wrangle them a little bit if things went crazy.”

The 52-year-old recently revealed that she broke three ribs rehearsing for the stunts, but she considers the injury “a badge of honour”.

John Wick 3, also starring Anjelica Huston, Ian McShane and Reeves’ old Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne, hits cinemas from 15 May (19).

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Halle Berry has big regrets about passing on Speed

Halle Berry rues the day she rejected the female lead in Speed because the finished film was very different from the script she had been presented. The actress reveals she had been approached to star in the 1994 action thriller before a young Sandra B…

Halle Berry rues the day she rejected the female lead in Speed because the finished film was very different from the script she had been presented.

The actress reveals she had been approached to star in the 1994 action thriller before a young Sandra Bullock took on the part of a makeshift bus driver, who is tasked with keeping the vehicle above a certain speed to avoid setting off a bomb hidden onboard.

Halle had no idea Keanu Reeves was being lined up as her co-star at the time, but she quickly dismissed the project because in the early version of the movie, the bus remained completely stationary.

During a joint interview with Keanu for U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, she explained to the actor, “I don’t know if you know this, but I was offered Speed before Sandra Bullock.

“I stupidly said no. But in my defence, when I read the script the bus didn’t leave the parking lot. I was like, ‘No, no, no, no.’ Then I see the movie and I’m like, ‘Arrrrghh!'”

“I was in it well before these fine people,” she added, referring to Reeves and Bullock. “They were offering me the parking lot version.”

Speed, written by Graham Yost and directed by Jan de Bont, went on to become a sleeper hit, and even picked up two technical Oscars at the 1995 Academy Awards, while also helping to launch Bullock’s career.

Now, 25 years later, Halle has finally been given the chance to work with Keanu on their upcoming release, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Keanu reprises his role as the titular hitman in the action blockbuster, with Halle portraying Sofia, an old acquaintance of the assassin.

The Oscar winner has been open about the injuries she sustained training for the stunt scenes, breaking three ribs during rehearsals, but it was all worth it for Halle because she didn’t want to embarrass herself in front of her leading man.

“It was a little terrifying at first because he’s so damn good, and I wanted to be on the same level as him,” she previously told Extra. “I didn’t want to disappoint him.”

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum hits theatres later this month (May19).

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The Favourite and Black Panther win top honours at Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19). Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Per…

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19).

Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Period Film prize for her work on Yorgos Lanthimos’ comedy-drama, while Black Panther designer Ruth E. Carter won the Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for the Oscar-nominated Marvel movie and Mary E. Vogt was presented with the Excellence in Contemporary Film accolade for Crazy Rich Asians.

Both Carter and Powell are up for the Best Costume Design Academy Award on Sunday. Powell appears in the category twice, for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, while the remaining nominees include Mary Queen of Scots’ Alexandra Byrne and Mary Zophres for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Carter, who has previously been Oscar-nominated for Malcolm X and Amistad, took home two prizes at the CDGA on Tuesday night, as she had already been announced as the recipient of the Career Achievement Award.

According to Deadline, Halle Berry took to the stage at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles to heap praise on Carter, who “helped me to be the very best crack ho’ that I could be” in 1991’s Jungle Fever, her first-ever movie.

Other honorees included Oscar favourite Glenn Close, who said she was “very moved” to receive the CDGA Spotlight Award, and added, “It has been my great privilege to have stood for hundreds of hours being draped, pinned and trimmed by many of you in this room.”

Ryan Murphy was presented with the Distinguished Collaborator honorary award by his American Horror Story regular Sarah Paulson, while costume designer Betty Pecha Madden was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Award.

Other winners on the night included the teams for TV shows The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Westworld, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Natasha Newman-Thomas, who won the Excellence in Short Form Design prize for Childish Gambino’s music video This is America.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Excellence in Period Film: The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Excellence in Contemporary Film: Crazy Rich Asians – Mary E. Vogt

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Excellence in Period Television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Contemporary Television: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television: Westworld – Sharen Davis

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Zaldy Goco

Excellence in Short Form Design: Childish Gambino, This is America – Natasha Newman-Thomas

Career Achievement Award: Ruth E. Carter

Spotlight Award: Glenn Close

Distinguished Service Award: Betty Pecha Madden

Distinguished Collaborator Award: Ryan Murphy

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