‘I’m free here,’ Halle Berry says in Morocco

Halle Berry at an event earlier this year. (AFP)
Updated 24 October 2018

‘I’m free here,’ Halle Berry says in Morocco

DUBAI: Hollywood A-lister Halle Berry is sharing shots from her stay in Morocco with her millions of Instagram followers, including one snap in which she is riding a camel.

Berry is in the North African country to film the third installment in the popular “John Wick” action franchise. She stars opposite Keanu Reeves as another gritty assassin in “John Wick 3: Parabellum,” which is set to be released next spring.

The plot follows hit man John Wick as he fights his way out of New York when a $14 million contract on his head makes him a target.

The 52-year-old has posted a string of photos of her time in the country, including a snap of a souk — which she captioned “Khamssas in the Souk” — and one in which she poses with a cat while wearing a striped, traditional-looking dress that Vogue Arabia reported is from Spanish high-street retailer Zara.

“One with the locals,” Berry captioned the shot with her furry feline friend.

Proving she doesn’t discriminate when it comes to animals, Berry posted a photo in which she sits atop a camel, captioning it: “I’m free here, I’m me here.”


I’m free here, I’m me here.

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According to Vogue Arabia, quoting a local radio station, Berry is thought to be staying in the coastal city of Essaouira.

The upcoming film joins a long line of Hollywood flicks that have been filmed in the country, including classics such as “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” as well as modern-day favorites “Inception” and “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.”

Morocco has also become a playground for the world’s rich and famous, with plenty of international celebrities flocking to its history-steeped cities for high-end holidays.

Madonna recently created quite a stir when she chose to celebrate her 60th birthday in Marrakech in August.

The pop superstar donned the attire of a “Berber Queen,” according to her caption, in the city on her birthday, wearing a fuchsia chiffon long-sleeved gown by Gucci with Berber jewelry and a headpiece by Marianna Harutunian.

She then posted pictures and videos on her Instagram of a fun photo shoot with British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj, known as the “Andy Warhol of Marrakech.”


Where We Are Going Today: Shatllah

Updated 22 March 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Shatllah

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