Halle Berry and ET Canada’s Sangita Patel needed to hug it out after watching the Oscar-winner play a mother who will stop at nothing to recover her kidnapped son in the new thriller, “Kidnap”.
“After watching this film, mamma bear to mamma bear, I just want to give you a hug it’s such a heavy topic,” Sangita says, starting off her sit-down interview with Berry with a big bear hug. The actress and mother to daughter Nahla, 9, and son Maceo, 3, admits she needed to unwind and chill out each day after starring in the tension-filled movie.
“I used to do it every day after work. I need to get this off my mind!” Berry says, revealing that a glass of red wine was her go-to way to relax after an emotional day on the “Kidnap” set. “It’s the best time of the night. I have earned a glass of wine based on all we go through as working moms in a day.”
The movie hits a personal note with protective mom Berry who has had her own run-ins with paparazzi getting too close to her young kids. A similar situation unfolded last week when George and Amal Clooney vowed to sue a French tabloid after the magazine published illegally-obtained photos of the couple’s 7-week-old twins, the latest incident involving harassment of celebrity’s offspring. The harassment by aggressive photographers led Berry to help get an anti-paparazzi bill passed in the California senate in 2013 which protects the privacy of the children of public figures.
“My daughter didn’t want to leave the house. She was scared to go to school. She was having nightmares. She wasn’t developing normally,” Berry says, recalling the family trauma. “Not passing that bill was not an option. The court said I couldn’t move to another country to get away from it. Not having that law was just not an option.”
Berry wasn’t the first to try to get a law passed, but she was persistent in recognizing the need to protect children.
“When everybody said, ‘No, it’s too hard. Others have tried.’ I said, ‘Well, I haven’t tried and I have to try’,” she says when she found herself up against a wall. “When you know there’s no option, I think we can do anything.”