Halle Berry made her directing debut to make her kids “proud.”
The 55-year-old Hollywood star helmed the sports drama ‘Bruised’, where she also plays disgraced MMA fighter Jackie Justice who decides to return for an unauthorized fight.
And the mother-of-two – who has Nahla, 13, and Maceo, eight, from previous relationships – explained that she was inspired to get behind the camera by her two young children, who “changed my game since the minute they go there.”
Halle insisted she had to “keep going,” and by stepping out of her comfort zone, she’s able to “keep discovering more sides” of herself.
The ‘Catwoman’ star explained, “There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my kids, and what I think Jackie Justice has learned is that we will go a long way for our kids.
“There are things I do that I would never do for myself, but I do for my children and that’s how motherhood has changed me.
“And having my kids now is why I even realize because I have to keep going.
“I have to keep discovering other sides of who I am.
“I have to keep trying to make them proud. I have to keep molding for them someone who is alive and very involved in their careers and as a woman, as a black woman.
“I have to show them what it’s like, so they changed my game from the minute they got here.”
Halle – who worked on the film’s soundtrack with fellow musician Van Hunt – added how she instantly bonded with the characters.
She said: “When I read that script it just grabbed me. I inherently understood all the characters, I understood their brokenness, I understood what it’s like to fight for a second chance, one last chance.
“I understand what it’s like to be a mother and to try to be a working mother and how difficult it can be.
“There are so many elements in this movie that I just connected with and couldn’t let go of it once I read the script.”
And his own love of MMA fighting made him jump at the chance to tell the story.
She added to ‘Entertainment Tonight’: “I just couldn’t let it go and I had a huge love for MMA the moment the script came to me.
“I grew up being a huge boxing fan.
“I’ve always loved a good fight movie. I love that quality of people finding redemption and forgiveness and going beyond the odds. I always feel good when I see moves like this.”