Overheard: Halle Berry on reincarnation

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by Breeanna Hare
For New Pittsburgh Courier

(CNN) — Among the many things you’ve probably heard about “Cloud Atlas,” one tidbit you’ve likely picked up on is that the expansive film tackles the idea of reincarnation.

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OSCAR PRESENTER–Halle Berry arrives on the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27, 2011. She is the first African American to win the Academy Award for best actress. She won in 2001 for her portrayal of Leticia Musgrove in “Monster’s Ball.” (CNN Photo/Tom Larson/File)

Halle Berry, for instance, is one of many actors who plays multiple roles – with the help of an enthusiastic makeup team – in order to convey that point.

It turns out that it’s a concept Berry, 46, can get behind.

“I think it’s huge and something I believe in; the idea of reincarnation,” she told CNN at the Los Angeles premiere of the film on Wednesday. So if she could choose how she’d appear in her next life, what would she pick?

“I hope an animal,” she said. “I’m a little tired of the human being thing; I’d love to come back as an animal next time around.”

But, while she’s, er, still a human, Berry’s cherishing the work that she’s done on “Cloud Atlas,” which was adapted from the David Mitchell novel by Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski. The movie, which opened Friday, boasts an enviable cast, including Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Ben Whishaw and Doona Bae.

“To have the chance to work with so many great actors, great filmmakers, felt like something I didn’t want to miss, you know,” Berry said. “The opportunity as an actor was too huge.”

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