Halle Berry is InStyle’s November cover girl! In this issue, the 46-year-old Oscar-winning actress, star of the already-buzzed-about Cloud Atlas (in theaters October 26th), and mother to Nahla Ariel talks about one of the greatest lessons she’s learned over the years—trusting herself. “Throughout my career I have been talked out of things I wanted to do, and when I look back I think, I should have followed my instincts,” Berry said. She utilizes that trust not only in her professional career, but in her personal life as well, especially with husband-to-be Olivier Martinez, who she’s been with since 2010.I’m a hopeless romantic, and I won’t stop till I get it right!” Now she knows better than ever what she wants from her partner. “He’s silly, a clown, and very much the life of the party, which is good for someone like me,” she said. “Danny Downer…been there, done that. Now I like Louie Lightfoot!” And as for all of the challenges ahead, she’s ready for them. “Don’t stress about your age or fight it,” she advised. “Appreciate the young women who look like you once did, but don’t strive to be like them. You’re moving into a new phase of your life—embrace it. That’s what I hope to do.” Read more about how Halle has grown in the new November issue of InStyle, on newsstands Friday, October 19th.

Plus, see Halle’s transformation, from Miss Teen All-American to Oscar-winning star.

HALLE’S TRANSFORMATION

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Cover: Calvin Klein Collection dress, Adohr Jewelry earrings, Jack Vartanian cuff. Photo: Hervé Léger by Max Azria swimsuit, Calvin Klein Collection leather pants, Azzedine Alaïa gloves, Manolo Blahnik suede pumps.