Halle Berry has performed a U-turn on her immediate career plans and apologised for considering a transgender film role.
The actress has faced significant backlash on social media after she revealed plans to take on a trans role in an unnamed film. Speaking as part of an interview with hairstylist Christin Brown during an IGTV feature, Berry claimed she wanted “understand that world” and “experience that world” in reference to the transgender experience.
“[It’s] a character where the woman is a trans character, so she’s a woman that transitioned into a man,” Berry explained. “She’s a character in a project I love that I might be doing… Who this woman was is so interesting to me, and that will probably be my next project.”
However, Berry’s plans were met by opposition from the trans community for the pronouns she used. Now, having reflected on her comments, the actress has come forward to apologise in a new statement.
“Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man and I’d like to apologise for those remarks,” Berry wrote in a post on social media. “As a cisgender woman, I now understand I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories.”
“I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake,” she continued.
“I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation both in front of and behind the camera.”