Berry, who first rocketed to fame after she finally proved to Oscar-winning director Spike Lee that a beautiful woman could play a crackhead as she did in 1991’s Jungle Fever, says she expected much more in aftermath of winning the Oscar.
“It’s one of my biggest heartbreaks,” Berry admits. “The morning after, I thought, ‘Wow, I was chosen to open a door.’ And then, to have no one … I question, ‘Was that an important moment, or was it just an important moment for me?’ I wanted to believe it was so much bigger than me. It felt so much bigger than me, mainly because I knew others should have been there before me and they weren’t.”
Now that she is a more seasoned actress, Berry says she is wiser for experiencing the wear-and-tear of life.
“Just because I won an award doesn’t mean that, magically, the next day, there was a place for me,” she said. “I was just continuing to forge a way out of no way.”