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How Does Halle Berry Play a 'White Racist' in New Movie?

Halle Berry has played a former drug addict in “Losing Isaiah,” a wife of an executed murderer in “Monster’s Ball,” and a Bond Girl in “Die Another Day.” But the Oscar winning actress may have tackled her most challenging role to date: a woman suffering with multiple personality disorder in the psychological drama “Frankie & Alice.” 

The movie is based on a true story of a black woman who struggles to retain her true self and not give in to her “white racist” alter personality.

“A black woman who splits off into a white racist, right there that’s got to be a story worth telling," Berry told Pop Tarts at the film’s Hollywood premiere on Tuesday night. "I really wanted to understand how that could happen, why that would happen and I wanted to see her journey of how she healed herself because our character actually triumphs."

Most importantly, the 44-year-old actress wants "Frankie & Alice" to draw attention to mental illness in the U.S.

"We should talk about it, I hope this movie incites people to talk about the issue," she said. "I see homeless people on the street and I think people think they’re just derelicts or drug addicts, but many of them really suffer with real mental issues."

Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay