YAYYYY!!! Not only does my fave LIONESS (JLO is second) get to celebrate being on the September Cover of Magazine but it comes just in time for her birthday!!!!

What is the biggest misperception of you?

“That I am this brooding, twisted, lovesick person who just can’t get it right in life. Every story about me is so heavy and dramatic. That’s not how I do life. But that’s the impression people have, and that’s what keeps getting reiterated. As if I’m still stuck in all the muck of the past. And I am so not.”

On being in the September Issue of Vogue:

The only reason she is submitting now, she says, is that Vogue made her an offer she couldn’t refuse: the September cover. “What that means for a woman of color and what that means in the fashion world, what that means to pop culture, there was no way I could say, ‘No, I’m not going to be on the biggest issue of the year.’”

Halle describes her sexuality and being naked and stuff:

Berry seems entirely comfortable with her sexuality. “That comes with age,” she says. “I’ve been slowly getting there. If the world wouldn’t persecute me, I’d take nude pictures every day of the week.” Next thing you know, she picks up a small framed picture and hands it to me. It is a photograph of her, naked and eight months pregnant on the beach in Mexico. She is leaping through the air. “I was in Cabo San Lucas with Cliff, and there was a beach full of people. And I was like, ‘I’m going to take my clothes off,’ and he was like, ‘No, HB, don’t!’ And I’m like, ‘F*ck it! Take the picture!’ And I took my clothes off and I just ran down the beach.” She laughs at the thought. “I could not have been happier in my life.”

Halle’s work in the community:

Berry is in the midst of renovating two apartments as safe houses for abused women. They are in a dicey neighborhood, and driving to them while losing the paparazzi (if their location was discovered, the women’s lives would be in jeopardy) feels like some sort of caper in a bank-heist film.

When we walk into the building, there are more hugs and good vibes from staffers and women and children as Berry shows me her pride and joy: a small one-bedroom apartment that she has, with the help of some friends, renovated into a playroom, a place where children can get new clothes, make art, and have therapy—as she did when she was a ten-year-old coping with an abusive, alcoholic father. The space is beautiful. It is called Nahla’s World.

On getting back to work:

“I’m so looking forward to getting back to work,” she says. “It’s been good being a mom, and I love it, but Nahla’s gotten to a point where it’s OK for me to get back to what I love, to have that creative outlet.”

She’s about to shoot her first big film in years in South Africa—Dark Tide, a thriller she refers to as “the shark movie,” which involves great whites, a bad husband, and all manner of undersea scuba action. Immediately afterward, she will begin shooting another film, as yet untitled, that she describes as like The First Wives Club—but about shoes. “Shoes are sort of a metaphor for these women all coming together and dealing with who they are—in their 30s and 40s.”

On Break Up With Gabriel:

“Just my luck!” she says. “By the time it hit the papers—full of rumors and lies, with people having to make up problems between us—Gabriel and I had long dealt with it. We were done. And we were on a good foot, and we had decided what we were going to do for Nahla, and we were able to say, ‘This will pass.’”

And did it pass?

“In two weeks!” she says. “Because there was no truth to any of it. There is no discord, there is no fighting. So it came and went. Now we are back to how it was before: living apart, raising our daughter.”

On Nahla and what she worries about the most:

“I worry that this whole insatiable appetite for celebrity children will somehow adversely affect Nahla. I don’t think it’s fair, and I don’t think it’s safe. How will she grow up, having been objectified like this for most of her whole young life? Already they write things about her: Oh, she looks like this; oh, she looks like that. But nobody knows her. They just pick her apart on a very superficial level. How will I be able to help her keep that in perspective in this town?” To that end, she recently rented a house in San Francisco to spend time alone with Nahla away from the glare of celebrity. She’s considering moving there full time, “to have her grow up in a place that is less of a fishbowl.”




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