After a very public split earlier this year with boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, the Monster's Ball Oscar-winning actress, 43, has not given up on finding Mr. Right.
"I'm not done with love, but I refuse to settle," Berry tells September's Vogue. "I am a hopeless romantic. And I won't stop till I get it right."
Berry is not bitter toward her former beau, calling him an "amazing father" and "absolutely the right person" with which to have had her daughter Nahla, 2.
"We have always been friends, we’re still friends, we love each other very much, and we both share the love of our lives," she says. "And we are both 100 percent committed to being the best parents we can be … She will see as she grows that we have a lot of love for each other."
Back on ScreenAs she makes her way back to the big screen – she's shooting Dark Tide, a deep sea thriller, which is her first major film in years – Berry sees the positive in her split with Aubry, a French-Canadian model.
"It's just that you realize you are not meant to go the distance with everybody," she says. "We were meant to bring this amazing little person into the world. And I think that's why we came together. And because of that, we are going to be together forever, all three of us. We are a family until we are not here anymore."
The worst part of the breakup was timing: Word of their split hit newsstands just as Berry was getting ready to make her career comeback: "Just my luck!" she says. "By the time it hit the papers – full of rumors and lies, with people having to make up problems between us – Gabriel and I had long dealt with it. We were done. And we were on a good foot, and we had decided what we were going to do for Nahla, and we were able to say, 'This will pass.' "
Months after their split, Berry is just as confident in herself ("If the world wouldn’t persecute me, I’d take nude pictures every day of the week") and ready to take on her career.
"I'm so looking forward to getting back to work," she says. "It's been good being a mom, and I love it, but Nahla's gotten to a point where it's okay for me to get back to what I love, to have that creative outlet."