Halle Berry & H.E.R. Discuss the Power and Perseverance of ‘Automatic Woman’ From Netflix’s ‘Bruised’
Berry felt so passionate about H.E.R.’s 2016 song “Focus” that she posted the entire song — in three parts — on her Instagram account, she says in an exclusive discussion between the two Oscar winners for Thursday’s (Dec. 2) Netflix Playlist showcase, where they talk about H.E.R.’s music, what it means to be a woman in the entertainment industry and the women-led soundtrack, co-executive produced by Cardi B.
Everything we’ve had, we’ve had to work really hard for.”
Similarly, H.E.R. found herself not being taken seriously at times. “I’ve definitely felt sometimes as a woman being underestimated walking into rooms, especially when I was a young girl coming in with my guitar:
‘Who’s this little girl? Whose kid is this?’ Yes, I still get underestimated sometimes, but I play [my guitar], know what I’m saying, it’s a whole different thing,” she says with a sly grin.
“I think in this world we get put into boxes… and we just make new boxes. … When you are what you are, you don’t have to say what you are; you can just be.”In “Automatic Woman,”
H.E.R. has created a song that provides a boost to any woman who needs to be reminded of her own fierce strength, including Berry.
“From the first time I heard it, I just felt so inspired by it,” she says. “I wanted to put it on repeat and repeat and repeat because it fills me up with energy, it fills me up with more of who I am and who I want to be and who I want to present to the world.”
“That’s the thing about women, though,” H.E.R. concludes.
“We’re limitless.”Watch their conversation above, and listen to “Automatic Woman” from the Bruised soundtrack below: