So, there he was ... TMZ's very own Gary Trock ... getting into the elevator at a Hollywood shopping plaza moments ago ... when in walks Halle Berry.
In an effort to break the silence, Gary turned to the actress and simply asked, "Sooooooo ... how are things?"
Halle smiled ... took a deep breath ... and replied, "It's been better ..."
Was she referring to the baby drama surrounding her split from Gabriel Aubry? Maybe acknowledging the paparazzi firing away outside??? Or maybe she was just politely hinting to Gary to STFU.
The world may never know ...