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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