Halle Berry on Her Fierce Love for Nahla

02/09/2009 at 01:00 PM ET
Courtesy Essence

She just wrapped her latest movie, Frankie and Alice, and Halle Berry is happy settling back into her favorite role of all: mom to her daughter Nahla Ariela, almost 11 months.

“When I looked at the stick and saw I was pregnant … I was so happy,” the actress tells Essence in its March issue, which hits newsstands February 17th. “I thought I knew love before, but I’ve never felt anything like this.” And while she still adores her career, the Oscar-winner says, “A film has to be really special for me to leave the house. I have to love it. I mean really, really love it.”

Halle also gushes to the magazine about another big love in her life: Nahla’s dad Gabriel Aubry. “I feel more married now than I did in any of my actual marriages,” she says of her three-year relationship with the model. “We live the truth of that and that’s more important than a piece of paper.” And while she’s hesitant to say that they’ll be together forever, she adds, “All I know is that at this moment, it feels fantastic.”

Next up for Halle: a romantic comedy based on the novel Nappily Ever After, for which she plans to go bald. “I’m shaving it off!” she exclaims. “I know. Here comes the controversy, but … it’ll grow back – I hope!”

Either way, the 42-year-old says that she can handle any media criticism – but the most important thing to her now is Nahla’s approval. “I don’t want my daughter to look back at my work and think, ‘Mom sold out,'” she says. “I want to leave a legacy that she can be proud of.”

Source: Essence via PEOPLE

— Lesley Messer

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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NELLA on

I love Halle Berry, it seems like she’s very happy now, her and Gabriel make a great couple and Nahla is adorable. I think even when she shaves her head she’ll still be gorgeous!!

dee on

She sounds great and I’m happy for her. Also that Versace she’s wearing is HOT! LOVE IT!!

FC on

I’m looking forward to her role in Nappily Ever After. I love the entire series of those books.🙂 And if anything, her daughter will think she’s a dedicated actress, willing to take on anything to bring life to the character. She’ll rock the bald look like nobody’s business.😉

Diamond Girl on

Yes, those X-Men movies are true works of art.

sat on

I love Halle with short hair!!! Yay!!

Rachelsun on

Yes, they are comic book art which is all they were intended to be. Halle made the right decision for love and not some racial agenda.

Lis on

LOL Diamond Girl!!! Hahahahahaha!!! 🙂

cutecurls on

let’s not forget BAPS

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