Oscar-winner Halle Berry says Hollywood is ready to give more women strong action-hero roles like the character she plays in the new James Bond movie, Die Another Day.
In an interview with the Associated Press she says: “Somebody asked me earlier, ’Did you ever think you’d grow up and be an action hero?”’
“The answer was ’no.’ When I was growing up, there were no women action heroes. It was all men. And only now as we’re starting to evolve is it even becoming possible.”
Berry, 34, plays an American agent called Jinx in the film, which stars Pierce Brosnan in his fourth outing as superspy James Bond.
Berry and GoldenEye Bond girl Famke Janssen also co-star as part of a team of mutant superheroes in the X-Men movies, whose second installment is due out next year.
And Bond distributor MGM likes Berry’s character Jinx so much that the studio has talked about building a spinoff movie around her.
“I do think this woman action hero could be a fun sort of medium to try to work in,” said Berry, who won a best-actress Academy Award this year for the drama Monster’s Ball.
“I’m thinking there will be an audience. People will want to see women in those strong, empowered roles.”