Halle Berry is just as shocked as everyone else, apparently, about her big baby news. In her first interview since confirming her second pregnancy at age 46, the Oscar-winning actress told CNN's Alina Cho, "I feel fantastic!"
The baby-to-be is her second child (joining big sister Nahla, 5), and her first with fiance Olivier Martinez. Berry confided in Cho that the pregnancy caught her unawares. "This has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth. Thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it's been a big surprise and the most wonderful."
Berry demurred when Cho asked if she's expecting a boy, as sources have revealed to Us Weekly, TMZ and other outlets. "I don't know, I don't know. But [the baby is] healthy!"
At Berry's side for the CNN chat with fashion designer and Project Runway judge Michael Kors, who both work with the United Nations World Food Program to fight hunger. (Berry was the guest of honor at the Four Seasons in NYC on Saturday for her work with the program.)
Berry explained that her pregnancy reminded her that many expectant women across the world struggle to feed themselves and their unborn children. "Especially now, being a pregnant woman and already having a child ... it's so important what happens to the baby while they're in utero. And the first 1,000 days is fundamental," said Berry, revealing her baby bump in sexy black dress by Kors. "Good nutrition during that time period is
fundamental for your baby to develop properly and normally," she added.
"I'm a mom, and that's first and foremost, but it gives me another reason to exist, another purpose," she said of her work with the charity. "And if I know that I'm helping one person every day in some way, that really makes me feel good, and that's a legacy that I can leave to my children."
The interview airs on CNN on Tuesday, April 8 at 12pm EST.
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Halle Berry: Second Pregnancy Is "Biggest Surprise of My Life"