Halle Berry, 48, claims she has ”always had a hard time getting roles” because she is black.
The actress – whose mother Judith is Caucasian, while her father Jerome is African/American – insists it hasn’t become harder for to land great jobs as she as gotten older because there has always been a shortage of parts available to her throughout her career because she is mixed race.
In an interview with The Guardian, she said: ”I’ve always had a hard time getting roles, being of color, so I’ve got as many available to me as I’ve always had – there’s no difference for me. When I was 21, it was as hard as it is now when I’m 48. For me it’s the same.”
Although not the only or the first black woman to win an Oscar, Halle is the only black actress to have won one in the Best Actress category, landing the accolade for her performance in Monster’s Ball.
However, she believes it’s only a matter of time before she loses that title.
When asked if she’s disappointed to be the only black woman to win that award, she said: ”I’m disappointed. I’m inspired though, when I see how many people of color are doing such good work out there. The quality and value of our work isn’t determined by an award. I would like to see more of them recognized, absolutely, but we all need to find the win in the work, and doing our craft. The real win is when we’re not just selling stories of color, that people of color can be in everyday stories. Where we’re not saying, ‘These are the movies for black people.’ ”