Pushing the Limits
February 18, 2005
In her bold and steamy new role in the TV movie,
"Their Eyes Were Watching God," Halle
Berry plays a woman in the 1920s looking for spiritual
and sensual fulfillment.
"The movie is very sensual and sexual,"
Halle admitted. "So we're probably going
to push the limits."
And we can confirm that, after our sneak peek
at the racy scenes Halle has in it with her new
real-life boyfriend, Michael Ealy.
But there was one other important factor that
attracted Halle to the role: Oprah Winfrey was
the project's executive producer. And the daytime
talk queen told us that right after Halle won
the Oscar for "Monster's Ball," she
was on the phone making her sales pitch.
Oprah recalled, "I said, 'Gee, that was so
great. I was so happy for you, Halle. You won
the Oscar, so wonderful, and the dress was so
beautiful. Your speech was so nice. Can you play
this role for me?"
"I want to do roles that are challenging,"
Berry insisted. "That means something to
me. That sometimes helps educate, like this one.
Sometimes, it's just for a good paycheck to build
a new house."
Check out Halle and Oprah's labor of love Sunday
March 6th on ABC.