Halle Berry Says It's Hard Being Pretty in Hollywood -- Hear Her Out Before Judging

Many moons ago (or so it seems), Charlize Theron talked about just how difficult it was to be pretty in the film industry -- and because it appeared to be thoughtless and ungrateful commentary to some, she received a ton of public backlash. Fast-forward to now and we seem to have a bit of déjà vu, as Halle Berry shared a similar sentiment during her interview with W magazine.

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Berry told the mag, "I came from the world of beauty pageants and modeling and right away when people heard that, I got discounted as an actor. So, I had the job of trying to eliminate that part of my persona."

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She went on to admit that Spike Lee was the person who opened this door for her.

"... Spike gave me a chance to do that," she said. "And I took on roles early on that really didn't rely on my physical self at all and that was a good way to sort of get some credibility within my industry."

And Berry has gotten it, judging from the gritty and sometimes outlandish roles that she's taken on. From being the "crack ho" in a Spike Lee film to playing Nisi with the obnoxious hair (and and even more obnoxious mouth) in my personal '90s favorite, BAPS, she's taken the film world by storm with a versatile arsenal of roles. And we've loved her every step of the way, for the most part. 

Here's the thing: She's right! It may seem ignorant -- and perhaps even shallow -- to imply that it's difficult to be too beautiful, especially since so many of us would kill to be such a knockout. 

But then again, if you are a person with any type of esteem about yourself, you won't want all the easy perks that come with being pretty to overshadow your goals and drive. So while it seems like a superficial thing to say, it's actually deeper than many of us know. 

We all face stereotypes for being this or that, and for being things that don't necessarily conform to what society wants. It's not very difficult to see the dangers of being typecast based on looks in such an industry. The way people tend to portray and minimize beauty is often associated with being less smart and less relatable, among other things.

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There hasn't been much public backlash for Berry yet and I'm hoping it stays that way. We simply cannot take another human's experience and diminish it because it's not our own ... or because we're jealous of that person's life. 

I wouldn't mind the dilemma of being gorgeous in Hollywood, but from one human to another, I refuse to downplay Berry's (or any other person's) struggle. I won't imply that just because those struggles look different from my own, they're somehow not as valid. Not because it's bad for the feminist movement or anything like that, but simply because it's wrong. I'm not going to do it -- and neither should you.  

 

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