Halle Berry: Nahla Is ‘Very Serious’ About Being a Big Sister

03/31/2014 at 04:00 PM ET

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After becoming a mother later in life to daughter Nahla, Halle Berry never believed more kids were in the cards for her.

But in July 2013, the actress married Olivier Martinez and the couple welcomed a son, Maceo-Robert, in October — an unexpected blessing that Berry never saw coming.

“I just feel great because I have another baby. I never thought that at my stage in life another baby — and a baby boy — was coming to me,” the Frankie & Alice star, 47, tells Extra.

Not only does she feel wonderful, but Berry — who showed off her svelte shape less than four months after childbirth — has already bounced back from her pregnancy.

She credits her quick turnaround to nursing and healthy eating habits.

“Every mother should breastfeed. It’s the quickest way to shed the initial weight and then you have to eat right,” she explains. After five years of being an only child — “a good distance between them so there’s no jealousy,” Berry points out — Nahla, 6, is relishing her new place in the family.

“She’s very serious about her big sister role. It’s like one of her doll babies came alive,” the mom of two shares. “She gets to take care of him, feed him, change his diapers, play with him, dress him up in different clothes like five times a day because she can, so she loves it.”

Berry has switched gears and is currently working alongsideĀ Steven Spielberg on a new TV series, Extant. And while she’s “always wanted to work with” the director, she admits there’s been a definite learning curve to juggling the long hours with two children.

“What I’m learning to do — trying to right now — is find the balance … my baby is always with me on set,” she says. “I bring my daughter after school. I have a nursery there, a playroom for her, so I try to make it as nice as I can for them to spend time with them, see them.”

But her show isn’t the only one on her mind. With her husband’s new role in Revenge, the actress admits she’s been tuning in to see the sexy star.

“I’m going to follow his little arc along. I’m very proud of him … I think he’s delicious,” she says.

— Anya Leon

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Just My Opinion on

So happy for her.

JG on

FLAWLESS! ‘She woke up like diss!’

Anna M on

I am not a fan of Halle Berry or of the way she has handled her daughter with the little girls father. I do not go to see her movies because I do not think she is a great actress. As a mom….good luck with your new baby.

guest on

“I’m going to follow his little arc..” ?! little ? be careful, Halle ! it’s the rare man who would feel respected as ‘Mr Berry’–

valeskas on

I thought she hated it when the media talked about her daughter or took pictures, but when she wants to sell a movie, its ok. She does anything to sell her movie.

Hmm on

If she doesn’t want the media taking photos and harassing her kids…why is she making them the front and center topic of all her interviews?!!

bevvie on

Kudos, Halle and Olivier,on your new baby boy!

Talking about one’s children is not the same as wanting grown men aggressively in the children’s faces with cameras every place you go!

And Halle looks good and that includes her hair!

Rhonda on

I want to see a picture of her baby boy.

laura on

Maceo-Robert is a five-syllable name. What do they call him? MR? MacRo?

Anonymous on

Right On live on be happy wish you all the best xoxox can’t wait to see a pic of your baby boy !

Marie on

Such a beautiful woman, much happiness to her and her family.

jckfmsincty on

She remains stunning.

Gretchen on

Why is she talking about her daughter?? She has such a love-hate relationship with the press about her private life. Sooooo, keep it private Halle! Don’t care about what a 6 year old is thinking about her baby brother. Not relevant.

wendyraye on

I just love reading “HATERATION” in the comment sections. The best part is that Halle is keeping it moving! She don’t even care! Lol. Best wishes to her and her family. For the rest of you…..pay your taxes, hope you signed up for Obama-Care, and pray your not under a sink-hole!

Gretchen on

Why is she talking about her private life? Thought she was adamant about all that. So why is she incline to “tell” anything about her daughter at all??

Ginger on

Well, let’s hope the baby daddy hangs around. Somehow I doubt it.

Regina R. on

I just want to let any of the new moms out there or those who are expecting and don’t know what to expect, that not everyone CAN breastfeed and that is OK. I’ve had friends it was so easy for and other who had the hardest time imaginable. For me, it was very, very difficult. Oh, and one more thing: I had several nursing experts tell me that breastfeeding does not help the weight come off for everyone. For some, yes. For others, no — even if they are watching their food intake, etc. That was how it was for me. I was super careful about what I ate and how much. I was active, did all the things one is supposed to do.
So ladies, please know, that this does not work for everyone. And you are still PERFECT.

MichelleBelle on

Halle Berry lost every bit of my respect for her when she waged war against the father of her child. No Halle, what every woman should do, is never try to take a child away from her father. Shame on you.

Anonymous on

Ginger- Since when are married men “baby daddies”?!

bevvie- I couldn’t agree more! She’s a proud mom, of course she wants to gush about her kids. That doesn’t give the paps the right to chase them and take pictures of them!

Lacey on

Anyone taking bets on how long before she goes crazy on Olivier?

Lactation Consultant on

Every woman CAN breastfeed. Women are biologically programmed to. Women claiming to not be able to breastfeed is a modern day phenomenon coinciding with the advent of artificial milk. Women who claim to have a low supply have not put the baby to the breast enough during the first few days to stimulate the supply or have introduced bottles for whatever reason. Breastfeeding is simple supply and demand. Women have been doing it for centuries.

Producing milk to exclusively breastfeed an infant also requires 300-500 calories per day of energy so it can help women lose weight if energy consumed is less than that expended.

Michelle on

I love reading the comments section. It is interesting how people assume to know all about someone’s personal life..whom they do not know. If certain details of your life were made public…how would you look to condemning masses?

Terri on

Amen, Michelle. Halle looks beautiful.

Anonymous on

Lactation Consultant- While I agree that a lot of women give up on breastfeeding too early/easily, it’s simply not true that every woman can breastfeed. For example, those who have had double mastectomies obviously can’t.

Nor can women with certain diseases or who take certain medications, such as chemotherapy for cancer (okay, technically they can, but they would be putting their baby’s life at risk if they did).

And just an FYI, even centuries ago women couldn’t always breastfeed. The only difference was that they employed wet nurses instead of using formula (since the latter hadn’t been invented yet).

Anonymous on

Nice hair cut, she looks flawless.