EBONY: HALLE BERRY
To anyone who knows Halle Berry well, it’s probably no surprise that she dropped out of the New York film shoot for “New Year’s Eve” because she didn’t want to leave her daughter, Nahla, in California.
“Being a mother is probably the most important thing in my life right now,” Berry, 44, told Ebony in its March issue, according to E! Online.
“Career is important, but nothing really supersedes my roles as a mother,” she explained. “That’s the most important thing I’m going to do in this life at this point.”
Berry’s rep told the Daily News last month that she was “forced to pull out of a film production in New York this week due to pending custody litigation involving” 2-year-old Nahla and ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry.
Though it’s unclear when the interview with Ebony was conducted, Berry spoke quite bluntly about her relationship with Nahla and how she views her daughter.
“I feel like she’s black,” the actress told the magazine.
In Ebony’s March issue, on sale Feb. 8, Berry spoke about Nahla’s racial background. (Kaffee/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic; Ebony)
“I’m black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory,” Berry said, referencing the 20th-century law that classified anyone as black if they had any African ancestry.
The “Frankie and Alice” star, who like her daughter is mixed-race, admitted to Ebony that Nahla will one day “have to decide” for herself how she wants to be labeled.
“If you’re of multiple races, you have a different challenge, a unique challenge of embracing all of who you are but still finding a way to identify yourself, and I think that’s often hard for us to do,” she said.
The comments are especially interesting in light of a TMZ report on Friday that claimed Aubry, 34, views their daughter as “white” and allegedly became very upset whenever Nahla was otherwise characterized.