Halle Berry volunteers at the Jenesse Center, the oldest domestic violence intervention program in Los Angeles. The issue really hits home to her, according to E! Online. The Oscar winner, who was honored for her work at the Center, said the following while attending unite4:good’s unite4:humunity gala.
“I’m a victim of domestic violence. I wasn’t married to a man that beat me up, but my mother was.”
When she was five-years-old, Berry witnessed the horrific abuse of her mother. Her mom was beaten “day after day after day,” Halle said. She watched her mother get “kicked down stairs” and hit in the head with a wine bottle.
“She stayed for too long and her children, my sister and I, saw far too much and I’ve suffered the damage of being a child of domestic violence,” Halle Berry admitted of her mother in an E! Online article.
“Knowing that she wanted nothing more then for her little girls to see her be empowered and be a woman of strength, but having no way to make that happen was heartbreaking for me,” Berry said.
Halle began working with the Jenesse Center 15 years ago, according to TV Guide. “The reason I say this organization is my heart and soul is because I understand the good that it does and the lives that it changes and the impact it has on women and the children in our community,” she shared.
Many others were also honored for their charitable work at the event, such as Amy Poehler, Pink, Ewan McGregor, Aaron Paul and his wife Lauren Parsekian, Christina Applegate, Josh Hutcherson, and Zendaya.
Busy Philipps hosted the gala held at the Beverly Hilton hotel, and presenters included Queen Latifah, Emily Blunt, Jeff Bridges, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Forest
Berry says that becoming a mother herself changed her in a lot of ways, and that being pregnant when she took on a new project with Extant actually helped her, according to WebProNews.
The beauty also recently discussed women aging in Hollywood and whether she would have plastic surgery, as cited in an article in the Inquisitr. Halle Berry noted that she resists the pressure on actresses to go under the knife by reminding herself that “beauty is as beauty does.”
Berry stated that cosmetic surgery does cross her mind because someone is always suggesting it, but indicated that she wants to look like herself, even if it’s an older version of herself. She stated that “when you do too much of that cosmetic stuff, you become somebody else in a way.”
Halle seems to be trying to make peace with herself and her past as well as her future.
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