Halle Berry remembers her late B.A.P.S. costar Natalie Desselle-Reid after her death on December 7th. In a heartfelt Instagram post, the actress shared how she worked with Natalie in the 1997 film. "I'm still processing this devastating news – and as I keep reading all your kind words, memories of Natalie keep flowing back to me," she wrote alongside a series of photos of her and Natalie.
Halle started with a thank you B.A.P.S. Director Robert Townsend for bringing the two together and facilitating their "divine connection". He noted that their roles as Nisi and Mickey "would change our lives and influence our culture for generations to come". "I am forever grateful for this moment," she said. "Natalie was one of the most precious people I have ever known. When I met her, our hearts were intertwined – we had a connection that was simply inexplicable, and she stayed her sweet all the years I knew her." I."
"She could never dim her light and it was contagious."
She then discussed Natalie's light and the profound impact it had on audiences, especially black women. "Natalie taught us love, joy and humor through her characters – she could never dim her lights and it was contagious," she continued. "With her I laughed harder than ever. She showed us that it's okay to be goofy and funny while still being sincere and extraordinarily kind. Natalie represents real black women, not what black women do For it it was often underestimated, passed over – robbed of the platform it really deserved. But its light continues to shine through the people who grew up and observed them, the people who knew them best and those of us who that they loved. "
She finished her note by offering condolences to Natalie's husband and three children, writing, "Most of all, she was a daughter, wife, friend and mother; and my heart goes out to all of her family, especially Leonard, Sereno, Summer and Sasha I will love you forever my sweet friend. (I am) miss you Nat Dog! "