Halle Berry related to her character in the new movie Kidnap because she panicked after losing her only daughter, Nahla Aubry.
Halle is pictured above with actor Sage Correa, 9, at the west coast premiere of Kidnap at the ArcLight Theater in Los Angeles, CA., on Monday, July 31.
The Monster's Ball actress stars in the new action thriller, in which she plays a mother who briefly leaves her son to make a phone call during a carnival and when she returns, she discovers he has been taken by kidnappers.
In an interview with ETOnline, Halle said she drew on her experience as a mother who once lost her daughter while shopping in a department store.
"I was busy looking at a tag, Nahla was very little," she told ETOnline. "She was there, I looked around, and she was not there. And you have that moment where I was like, 'Shut the store! Shut the doors!'
"I went right into 'nobody's leaving this place until I find out where my daughter is'... And it's just what happens. It's visceral."
"Luckily, she was like a foot away from me under the turnstile," she said. "But in that moment, she was gone."
Halle said she apologized to the store's employees for ordering them to lock the doors.
The 50-year-old mother-of-2 said she brought Nahla onto the set to meet her movie son, Sage Correa. She said the two children bonded quickly and "have become buddies."
Kidnap opens in theaters everywhere on August 4.
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