Long before Halle Berry approached HER about writing “Automatic Woman” for Berry’s directorial debut, Bruises, the actress was deeply inspired by the singer-songwriter’s music.
Berry was so enamored with HER’s 2016 song “Focus” that she posted the entire song – in three parts – on her Instagram account, she said during an exclusive discussion between the two winners. Oscars for Thursday’s Netflix Playlist presentation, where they talked about HER’s music, what it means to be a woman in female-led entertainment and soundtracks , co-produced by Cardi B.
Berry calls the song wanting your partner to put aside all distractions and pay attention to you, a “song”. “I don’t feel seen the way I want to be seen,” Berry told her. “I would put [‘Focus’] and it will remind me that I am allowed to ask someone to focus on me… that I deserve love and that I deserve to be focused on me and my feelings and needs. ”
So it makes perfect sense for the two women to be on Netflix’s show together Bruises, the fictional story of MMA fighter Jackie Justice, who returns to the ring and challenges to claim her life after reuniting with the son she abandoned as a child.
“I know your power when you put your voice into something and you put all your heart and mind into something,” Berry told her “And if this song, ‘Self Woman,’ moving’, can hit other people like ‘Focus’. , I feel like I’ve been a part of creating something truly magical. ”
HER’s “Auto Woman” is like a non-stop flurry of punches, with pounding beats and rapid fire-flash from the singer/songwriter as she mixes with boxing metaphors to describe a woman who won’t stop until she wins.
HER, who co-wrote the song with Van Hunt and Starrah, says she drew strength from the story. She said: “I was touched by ‘No matter what happens, I will get through’. “The idea of persevering and, like, getting through, fighting through… all those things you have to tell yourself in order to be able to fight through. … If you were looking in the mirror and you were really trying to put it together, what would you say to yourself? ”
Both Berry and HER, like the film’s protagonist, had to fight to be taken seriously. “We have to be strong, especially women of color,” Berry said. “We are usually not given anything. Everything we had, we had to work really hard. ”
Similarly, HER sometimes feels unappreciated. “I certainly sometimes feel like an underrated woman walking into a room, especially when I was a young girl walking in with her guitar: ‘Who is this little girl? Whose child is this? ‘ Yes, I still get underrated sometimes, but I played [my guitar], know what I’m talking about, that’s a whole different thing,” she said with a sly smile. “I think in this world, we make boxes… and we just make new boxes. … When you are who you are, you don’t have to say what you are; you can just be. “
In “The Automatic Woman,” HER created a song to motivate any woman in need of a reminder of her own intense power, including Berry. “From the first time I heard it, I was so excited about it,” she said. “I want to repeat and repeat because it fills me with energy, makes me more energetic, and who I want to be and who I want to show the world.”
“It’s a woman’s thing,” concluded HER. “We are limitless.”
See their conversation and hear “Auto Woman” from Bruises background music below:
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.