When it comes to making girlfriends in Hollywood, actress Garcelle Beauvais knows all too well how challenging it can be.

“Only one person gets the [acting] job and some people feel like they can’t be your friend because that somehow takes away from their chances,” the 44-year-old newly divorced mom told ESSENCE.com during the ESSENCE Music Festival.

As a result, Beauvais has few industry friends in the spotlight; Halle Berry being one of them. [Note: Beauvais received a text from Berry to arrange a playdate as we were conducting the interview.] The two moms can often be spotted out grabbing a girls-only lunch or on playdates with their children. “I think what [Halle] loves about me is I’m not ‘Hollywood,’” added Beauvais.

“We go to breakfast with our kids and it’s not about anything else. I was going to do a local show in L.A. and she texted me and was like, ‘I didn’t know you had a new show?’ because when we’re together, we’re real friends, we’re moms and it’s not about business.”

Asked what she loves about her Oscar-winning girlfriend, Beauvais says, “What I love about her is that she loves being a mom and so do I. We just want to be regular, because this business is crazy.”

Here’s a toast to great friendships.

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