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Rising star Gabrielle Union definitely in our Top Five!

Written By Cheryl Rock
11.05.15

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In over 20 years of TV and film career, Gabrielle Union has starred in many high grossing films ranging from ‘Bring It On’, Bad Boys 2 and the Think Like A Man franchise. She also stars on TV in the BET network, “Being Mary Jane” drama series. These hits, have all aided her to be in the respected position she is in now.

Gabrielle is currently staring with Chris Rock in the Comedy Romance, Top Five, as his soon-to-be married obsessed TV reality fiancé Erica Long. The film is about Andre Allen (Rock) who is a comedian/actor who became a star featuring in a film trilogy of action comedies as a talking Bear. But now wants to be taken as a serious actor. He is forced to spend the day with reporter Chelsea (Rosario Dawson) where he is forced to face his past and current demons.

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The cast was given freedom to make their respective characters their own. She appreciated Chris Rock’s trust. “He’s not driven by his way, so it’s nice to have that collaborative effort and feel like I’m working with an artist,”

Union takes her film roles seriously. While being interviewed for Page Six, she shared that she almost went bald when she dyed her hair blonde. “Some people gain weight for a role, I practically went bald for a role. I lost so much hair!”

An interview on The Angie Martinez radio Show back in Dec 2014, Gabrielle stated that it is still challenging for black women to take on comedy roles in Hollywood. “There’s not a lot of smart comedies where they want a black woman. They want us shucking and jiving’ and cooning, that’s where they’re most comfortable having a black woman. So to get a role like Tina Fey, smart, edgy, more cerebral humour…no, they’re going to get Tiny Fey. They’re going to get Amy Poehler, they going to get Rashida Jones…that crew.”

Her biggest career accomplishment is being an Executive Producer on the Lifetime TV movie “With This Ring” which aired earlier on this year. She feels it is important to be able to employ and create opportunities for others, and if that isn’t the case then you really are not contributing anything, and Gabrielle Unionshe felt she wasn’t doing anything of substance, until she became a Producer.

That might be a little harsh on yourself Gabrielle. In 2010, Union launched Love & Blessings, a clothing line for plus-sized women and creating her own wine called Vanilla Pudding, which was launched 2014.

She is due to star in ‘The Birth of A Nation’ which is in pre-production. The biopic is about the infamous slave ‘Nat Turner’ who led a bloody slave rebellion in 1831. Having received religious visions, Turner and a team of approximately 70 rebel slaves, killed between 55 to 65 white people in Virginia — the most ever white folks killed in a slave uprising in America.

The film features Nate Parker, who wrote the script and will be his directorial debut. Aja Naomi King, Aunjanue Ellis, Armie Hammer, and Dwight Henry. Filming is due to start in May in Savanah, Georgia.