AceShowbiz - Halle Berry regrets spending years making movies before becoming a mum.
The Oscar-winning actress and mother-of-two gave birth to her first child, daughter Nahla, at the age of 40 and she admits, in hindsight, she wishes she'd started a family earlier.
"Honestly, I felt the sexiest during both my pregnancies," the 52-year-old tells InStyle. "I loved being pregnant. Had I started earlier, I probably would have had five children. Or if I hadn't been busy trying to make movies, I would have been the perfect surrogate."
"All the hormones made me feel amazing. I was so alive with my purpose and my femininity. It felt like my body was doing what it was built to do."
Despite her regrets, Halle remains focused on her thriving film career, and is proud to be an example of a working mum for Nahla, 11, and son Maceo, five.
"Knowing that someone would always be counting on me made me a better person. I'm more focused and in line with my values and my goals," she explained. "The only thing I want at the end of the day is for my children to say, 'You weren't perfect, you didn't do everything right, but you were a good mom.' I spent almost 10 years being in mom mode."
"Now that my youngest is starting kindergarten, I feel like I can get back into my life, and that's important. I want to keep challenging myself and proving that I can still follow my passions, take risks, and take on characters who make me feel alive."
Halle is currently gearing up to film a new action drama called Bruised and she can relate to the struggles of her single mum character, and the risks she's taking to carve out her own career.
"I play this disgraced MMA fighter who has to make her way back to the top for the sake of her son. It's also my directorial debut. My second act," she said. "I've had so many movies that didn't turn out the way I thought they would. You realise that as the dancing bear, you have zero power. But no matter how this movie turns out, good or bad, I dared to take the risk to do it. That's what matters."