Thursday 22 March 2018

Berry: X-Men helped me with TV show

Halle Berry plays an astronaut in Extant
Halle Berry plays an astronaut in Extant

Halle Berry has revealed how playing X-Men's Storm gave her an edge for her new TV role.

The Oscar-winning actress, who plays an astronaut in sci-fi drama Extant, admitted her previous experience on the X-Men films helped her with the wire work.

" Luckily, because I had been Storm, I was used to flying. I've had a lot of wire work and a lot of experience that way. So putting on that harness and those wires just seemed like something that I was used to doing," she said.

" I did actually take a real zero G flight so I have really experienced being weightless and understanding what that is. So that sense memory certainly helps me be able to - when I have those wires on, to assimilate being in a weightless environment."

The 47-year-old admitted being in zero gravity made her sick - literally.

"T hat was pretty amazing, actually. And the first time I felt the sense of weightlessness I was surprised that it took very little energy for me to move. You just kind of lift off the ground," she said.

"What also surprised me was that when you go upside down, because there's no gravity you have no sense of being upside down. You feel exactly the same when you are upside down as when you are right side up . It was a very freeing experience. It's as close to being a bird and having that kind of freedom I think one can ever get."

Halle added: " But I also have to say by 15 times going up and down and going through that I did, you know, vomit. My body was done dealing."

Extant, which counts Steven Spielberg as one of its executive producers, will premiere in the UK on Amazon Prime Instant Video on July 10.

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