Halle Berry will soon make her small-screen debut in a very big TV project, the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series Extant, and she discusses her move from film to TV in a new Entertainment Weekly cover story.

As Berry explains, she was instantly hooked upon reading the script for Extant, which tells the story of female astronaut Molly Watts and her return to Earth after an otherworldly experience during a 13-month mission in space, discovering she’s somehow become pregnant. “The minute I started to read it, I couldn’t put it down,”; Halle tells EW. “I thought, ‘Wow. This is different.’ It’s innovative. Molly is a strong female character, which I really love to play. Molly is a complicated woman with a complicated family. Who is a woman who goes away to space for a year and leaves her husband, first of all? Who is a woman who comes back pregnant and tries to handle it somehow on her own? That just felt like a complication that I wanted to be a part of.”

While Extant marks Halle’s first television role after a film career that saw her win an Oscar for Monster’s Ball, she says these days it’s television, not movies, that is offering the most interesting, challenging roles for actors. “I was being offered [film] parts that I felt like I had done before,”; she says. “They weren’t exciting enough for me to leave my family for four months. I realized some of the best writing, especially for women, was on television.”;

You can read more of Berry’s interview in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which hits newsstands on Friday, July 4.

Extant premieres Wednesday, July 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global.