Halle Berry & Benicio Del Toro
"I think it validated that I was meant to be a mother, because every day I dealt with the character as a mother and thinking as a mother—and not having any children, that was a big leap for me," she says. "I haven't really played a mother, a loving, caring mother like this woman was. So it let me know that I must be a mother. It also reminded me that no matter what hardship we go through in life, we always will come out on the other side."
Despite her stellar performance, Halle says she had to convince the moviemakers to consider her for the role. "I think they were pretty set on David Duchovny playing the father. And if it were me then what would this be, interracial? What would the kids be?" Halle says. "And for me, that's my life. So for me, it was a no-brainer—I'm the product of that. So I thought they'd be like me, and what's wrong with that? ... But the beauty of it is, it's not mentioned in the movie at all ... because it doesn't matter."