â€œI came from the world of beauty pageants and modeling and right away when people heard that I got discounted as an actor,â€
â€œSpike Lee wanted me to read for the part of his wife and I read that part fine enough, but then I said to Spike â€˜You know I really am eyeing this crack ho role, can you please let me audition for that?â€™ And he said, â€˜no, no I donâ€™t see you as the crack ho,'â€
She explained, but noted that she wouldnâ€™t take no for an answer. Instead, Berry went into the bathroom and washed off all her makeup, and went back out to take on the crack ho.
â€œSo, he let me do that and I came back out and I got to read the crack ho, and I got the part of the of the crack ho. And it was an amazing way to start my career, playing a crack ho be directed by Spike Lee. It was major for me.â€
Â â€œIt was intentional to not play the gorgeous girl,â€I came from the world of beauty pageants and modeling and right away when people heard that I got discounted as an actor. So, I had the job of trying to eliminate that part of my persona, and Spike gave me a chance to do that. And I took on roles early on that really didnâ€™t rely on my physical self at all and that was a good way to sort of get some credibility within my industry.â€
She also revealed the same situation happened with Monsters Ball ,a movie which eventually earned her the Oscar for Best Actress.She said
â€œWith Monsters Ball, Lee Daniels didnâ€™t want to see me read. He was actually disgusted by the thought. He thought thereâ€™s no way and my argument to him was, just because someone looks a certain way doesnâ€™t mean that they are spared adversity. Adversity does not discriminate. I thought, â€˜My looks havenâ€™t spared me one hardship or one hurt moment or one painful situation. So please, you know, give me a shot at this.â€™ I said, â€˜I often think itâ€™s more interesting when you see someone that looks a certain way struggle in ways that you wouldnâ€™t think they would be struggling with.â€™ He ultimately gave me a chance and that sort of changed the course of my career in so many ways.â€