Halle Berry is an American actress, former fashion model and former beauty queen. For her performance in Monster's Ball in 2001, she was nominated for a BAFTA Award and won an Academy Award for best actress—becoming the only African-American woman to win the honor. Berry is of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, and is also a Revlon spokeswoman.
Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant in 1986. Her breakthrough film role was in 1992's Boomerang, which led to roles in films such as The Flintstones (1994), Bulworth (1998) and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), for which she won the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, amongst many other awards. In addition to her Academy Award win, Berry reached a higher level of prominence in the new millennium with roles such as Storm in the X-Men film series (2000–present), Swordfish (2001), and Die Another Day (2002), where she played Bond Girl Jinx, later finding success in the 2010s with movies such as Cloud Atlas (2012) and The Call (2013).
On October 4, 2013, Berry signed on to star in the CBS drama series Extant. Berry plays Molly Woods, an astronaut who struggles to reconnect with her husband and android son after spending 13 months alone in space. Whilst speaking on behalf of her role, Berry states that: "While I’m not an astronaut or scientist – far, far from it – I still had an understanding about the human quality of this woman and her struggle to not only find time for herself, which is what she loves to do, but also to be a good mother. That’s the struggle that I have struggled with since my kids were born. So, that drew me to her. She’s also strong. She’s complicated, and I’m complicated. But, she has a will to survive and to win. She’s good at her heart."