Byline: ROWENA MILLER
The producers of new philosophical drama Cloud Atlas certainly got their money's worth as each actor in the big name ensemble cast plays six characters in roles spanning centuries. But it was a difficult time for Halle Berry, 46, who broke her foot just as shooting was getting under way.
How are you enjoying life as a single mother to four-year-old Nahla?
I'm raising a family, living my life and doing something I love. It's fun.
What, for you, is the best thing about being a movie star?
I just love that I keep waking up, and I'm earning a living. I'm not one of those people - and unfortunately some of my friends are - who's always saying, thank God it's Friday.
I never even care if it's Friday, Sunday or Monday. I'm so lucky that I get to do what I love and I'm paid for it.
So you were starting on Cloud Atlas and broke your foot?
I did it two days into shooting which was a real bummer. I broke five bones. What I had to do was so physical that I thought there was no way I was going to be able to do it. But with lots of tape and wrapping I found ways to just grin and bear it.
I was in bed with my foot in the air and I got a call saying the directors wanted to come and talk to me. I thought they were going to give me my walking papers but they came in and they said,"We love you, and we want you to stay. We're gonna work this out".
That must have been a relief.
Yeah! But I felt like such an idiot because I had to be carried everywhere I went by this 6ft 5ins guy.
Which one of your numerous characters in Cloud Atlas did you find the most fun to portray?
I loved them all, but I have to say that I did love being turned into Ovid. Never before in my life would I ever have thought anybody would hire me to be an Asian man.
I loved the totality of all the characters - to be an old native in the 1800s and then go on to play this extra-terrestrial being that comes down from another planet to help this group of people. …