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Halle Berry struggles with the fast pace of TV as she tackles new show

Published 18/06/2014 | 14:22

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Actress Halle Berry attends the Premiere of CBS Television Studios & Amblin Television's "Extant" at the California Science Center on June 16, 2014 in Los Angeles
Actress Halle Berry attends the Premiere of CBS Television Studios & Amblin Television's "Extant" at the California Science Center on June 16, 2014 in Los Angeles

Halle Berry is finding the pace of TV compared to film difficult to adjust to on her new series.

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The 47-year-old actress returns to the small screen in sci-fi show Extant, which was produced for CBS network by Steven Spielberg’s company Amblin Television.

She plays an astronaut who returns home from a 13-month solo space journey and Halle reveals the prep work for her character was very cosmic.

“I did astronaut stuff,” she told Variety. “I went on a zero-gravity flight, talked to astronauts, went to NASA. I did as much as I could.”

Halle has ample experience in the sci-fi arena, as she has starred in films like X-Men in the past as mutant Storm.

But she admits returning to television again was a challenge, as her last major role was in 2005 telefilm Their Eyes Were Watching God.

“[TV] just goes at a faster pace. We shoot like six to eight pages of dialogue a day, where in film you’re lucky if you do one or two,” Halle explained. “So the pace, I think, is the hardest part for me to sort of catch up to.”

The Academy Award-winning actress has spoken before about her commitment to preparing for parts.

She starred in and produced 2010 release Frankie & Alice, which tells the story of a go-go dancer who struggles with multiple personality disorder.

To help strengthen her character, Halle met the real Frankie, watched tapes and read books.

"There was no script... It was just the story that came to me," she told Collider previously. "I was so moved by it that I didn't think it could be real, but once I researched it and realised this was really real, I thought, 'Wow, this is something I have to be a part of telling.'”

 

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