Halle Berry Is Not Your Average Bond Girl in Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The sequel to the 2014 breakout hit The Secret Service picks up the story of the Kingsman, the British espionage group that operates out of a Savile Row tailor shop and uses expensive umbrellas and briefcases as their deadly weapons. This time around there has been a catastrophic attack on the spy team, leaving only Taron Egerton‘s Eggsy and one other member standing. They journey all the way over to the States to seek out help from their American counterparts, the Statesmen.
Thus, enter Halle Berry. She plays one of the American spies greatest minds–a tech wizard who goes by the name Ginger Ale, and is in charge of saving her male counterparts on more than one occasion. Yes, that means what you think it means: Berry’s character is a total nerd.
It’s certainly a pivot from the roles she usually takes on, at least in the looks department. Ginger Ale is infamous for donning the exact same geek ensemble every single day, which provided both peace of mind and challenges for the actress.
But, Berry added, being told she was going to wear the exact same costume every single got a little ridiculous by the end: “The costume was walking itself by the end,” she joked.
The bulk of the movie follows the two different spy agencies as they work together to figure out who took down the Kingsman (hint: keep an eye out for Julianne Moore‘s villain), and offers actors like Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum the opportunity to perfect their rodeo skills (because of course that’s how American spies fight).
“I think she’s gonna work knives,” Berry said of Ginger Ale. “And probably some capoeira. I see her being low to the ground and fighting—she’s badass that way. Plus, I already learned capoeira in Catwoman and still practice it.”
Typically when a woman appears in a spy movie it’s for one role and one role only: The damsel in distress. An actress is thrown into the all-male cast to play the romantic lead opposite whichever male A-lister gets to be the star, and the tale plays out the same way every single time.
The actress is known for taking on impressive and domineering lead roles, whether she’s donning her Storm costume for X-Men or skulking around as a deadly Catwoman, and it’s no different for her latest endeavor. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle she may be one of the flick’s only female roles, but she subverts the stereotype in every way possible.