Halle Berry didn’t shower for eight weeks while making Jungle Fever.
The 47-year-old actress made her acting debut alongside Samuel L. Jackson in the 1991 film in which she played a crack-cocaine addict and she’s confessed that as she wasn’t willing to experiment with the drug in preparation, she instead embraced her character by remaining unwashed throughout production.
Quizzed about the role, she said: “I didn’t smoke crack. I drew the line there but it was 23 years ago so I was brand spanking new and at that time all I could really do was kind of try to be it, to be it so I didn’t shower for the whole entire time that we shot that movie, so that was probably about eight weeks.
“It was gnarly, it was gnarly. Certain body parts got washed, let’s just say that.”
Ten years later Berry won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Monster Ball and she’s revealed she keeps the prize in her bedroom where no one else can see it.
Speaking about where she keeps the Oscar in the home she shares with husband and fellow actor Olivier Martinez, she told Live! with Kelly and Michael: “I keep him in my bedroom so nobody ever sees him. He’s very protected in my room all tucked away and tidy … In my house we don’t have a lot of that kind of stuff out anywhere.
“You would walk in our home and not know that actors live there and so it’s some place that’s private. It’s just for me. It reminds me sometimes of the accomplishment so it’s really more for me personally.”