I wanted to bind with the underdog to understand the struggle, fortitude, tenacity to survive, to rise above the odds: Halle Berry

Asha Bajaj
4 min readNov 14, 2020

#Halley Berry; #TIFF2020; #Bruised; #CameronBailey

During one of the conversations series organized by the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) held at Toronto, Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director & Co-Head of TIFF discusses with Halle Berry her feature directorial debut, ‘Bruised’ following a former MMA fighter struggling to regain custody of her son and restart her athletic career. Cameron also encourages Berry to open up the challenges she faced as a woman of color, and a black woman in the entertainment industry.

Cameron Bailey: Left; Halle Berry: Right

Asha Bajaj, Editorial-Director of Canadian Media brings you the excerpts:


Cameron To Halley: As an actor, you played superheroes, supervillains, and people who were just struggling to survive like Jackie. What was it about Jackie and the story that drew you to her?

Halley: I think I understand what it has meant to be a black woman in this industry fight over the years to make a way for myself out of no way. That’s what connected me to this character. Having felt like an underdog both in my personal life, and in my professional life, I wanted to be connected to the underdog and understand the…



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