'I've always had a hard time getting roles': Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry admits she's faced career obstacles as a woman of colour
She's one of the world's most esteemed actresses and has starred in major blockbusters including X-Men and Catwoman.
But Halle Berry admits she's struggled to be offered roles because of her ethnicity and believes that being mixed race is more of an obstacle than ageing for women in Hollywood.
The 48-year-old star - whose mother Judith is Caucasian, while her father Jerome is African American - opened up about her experience in an interview with The Guardian's G2.
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Lifelong struggle: Halle Berry has spoken frankly about the difficulty of being a woman of colour in Hollywood
Quizzed whether she agrees that roles for women over 40 are limited, Halle replied: 'I've always had a hard time getting roles, being of colour, so I've got as many available to me as I've always had - there's no difference for me'.
Halle is the only black star to date to win the Best Actress Oscar, which she took home in 2002 for her performance in hard-hitting drama Monster's Ball, a fact she feels 'disappointed' about.
However, the screen star is confident things are changing and believes talent will prevail.
Oscar-winner: The actress made history by taking home the Best Actress prize for her role in Monster's Ball
'I'm inspired though, when I see how many people of colour are doing such good work out there,' she said.
'The real win is when we're not just selling stories of colour, that people of colour can be in everyday stories.'
Halle turned her hand to TV last year with a starring role in Amazon series Extant, which she also produces.
The future's bright: Halle believes more people of colour will be recognised for their talent
The star has returned to work shooting the second series of the drama, in which she stars as an astronaut who mysteriously fell pregnant during a lone space mission.
She explained that more and more film actors are turning to television in a bid to find more in-depth characters and better writing.
Halle has 16-month-old son Maceo with her husband Olivier Martinez and six-year-old daughter Nahla with her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey.
Bold career move: Halle is starring in TV sci-fi drama Extant and is currently filming the show's second series
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