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Halle Berry: Osteria Drago Dame

Posted Friday November 9, 2012 10:20 AM GMT

Kicking off the weekend a little early, Halle Berry went out to dinner with a gal pal in West Hollywood last night (November 8).

The “Swordfish” starlet made her exit from the Osteria Drago restaurant and gushed over her gal pal’s engagement ring as they walked back to their car.

And though she pretty much has her pick of any role she wants these days, Halle had to work hard to make a name for herself in Tinseltown, including chopping off her hair.

Berry explained, “I would go on acting auditions, and every black girl would have this long, curly hair, whether it was real or not. And I would go to these auditions and come back with nothing. So I had to somehow be different.”

“I remember I went up to my manager’s office and his heart probably stopped beating. He said, ‘You’re never going to work, you’re not what they want!’ And I said, ‘Good. Let me be something different then.”

Two weeks later she had a cropped coif and a new job- “I had short hair and that’s why they chose me – because I was different and not like everyone else. It was the way I kind of rebelled against… the notion that you have to have long hair to be beautiful.”

Enjoy the pictures of Halle Berry out in West Hollywood (November 8).