Entertainment Money Maker! Halle Berry Says This Bomb Was 1 of Her ‘Biggest Paydays’
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She laughed all the way to the bank.was told not to take her role in 2004’s Catwoman, but she revealed that the box office bomb was among her most .
“For me, it was one of the biggest paydays of my whole life, which, there’s nothing wrong with that,” Berry, 54, toldin her Tuesday, August 10, cover story. “I don’t want to feel like ‘Oh, I can only do award-worthy stuff.’ What is an award-worthy performance?”
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The actress was fresh off her 2002for best actress in Monster’s Ball, but she said the offers didn’t come rolling in after she took home the trophy. When Warner Bros. offered her $14 million to play the superhero, according to , she jumped at it.
Berry had already established herself as an action star by playing Storm in the X-Men films as well as a Bond girl oppositein 2002’s Die Another Day. However, the DC Comics adaptation was her first chance to headline a big blockbuster.
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Catwoman‘s $100 million budget wasn’t earned back at the box office. After lackluster reviews, the iconic Batman character’s film only pulled in $82.1 million worldwide.
The Ohio-born actress has never distanced herself from the movie, which still holds a nine percent approval rating onamong critics and 18% among audiences. She accepted her Razzie Award for worst actress in person, and she brought her Oscar with her as she made her acceptance speech.
“You don’t win a Razzie without a lot of help from a lot of people,” she said. “First of all, I want to thank Warner Bros. Thank you for putting me in a piece of s–t, god-awful movie! It was just what my career needed.”
Berry previously referred to her Catwoman paycheck as “a s–t-load of money that changed my life”the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communication in 2018.
The, who briefly lived in a homeless shelter when she was starting her career, has been open and honest about making money and fighting for equal pay.
“I think when you believe you’re worth it, that’s when you’ll fight for [equal pay],” she saidat the Girls’ Lounge Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2017. “When you know that the work you’re providing is worth more than they’re willing to pay you, then you’ll ask for it. That’s when you’ll be willing to walk away from it if they say no. But you have to be willing to walk away. … We have to own our worth and know our worth.”
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Halle Berry and her musician boyfriend Van Hunt have been dating since last fall "I had a lot of support … [Hunt] was a big part of that," Berry told PEOPLE. "He did some music for the movie. He actually wrote the title song." Hunt is a professional musician who released his debut album in 2004. Since then, he's won a Grammy Award and released four additional albums.