By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Gabrielle Union might no longer be a mean girl anymore, but she’s still staying busy in Hollywood with her new role on BET’s new show “Being Mary Jane.” The movie version came on last night and had everyone talking on social media, and the show version of the series is set to premiere in January. This is a pretty great time for black actresses considering more and more of them are getting great roles in big movies and nabbing the lead role in dramas on major networks. If anyone knows that best, it would have to be Kerry Washington, the actress behind “Olivia Pope” and one of the big reasons “Scandal” has become a bona fide hit for ABC. But what most people don’t know is Gabrielle Union actually auditioned for the part (as well as most black actresses), but in the end Kerry Washington was the actress who secured the role.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Gabrielle says she thinks her current role is better than Scandal, and despite what her critics think, she feels this role will prove she can take on a range of different roles.
On how the role will show she can have more range as an actress, Gabrielle says:
“If you loved me for one thing and may not have liked me in something else, this role gives the audience a chance to see that I can do more than one thing.”
Although Gabby has already expressed on numerous occasions that she feels Kerry’s breakout role is a great thing for all black actresses, she made it clear that not getting the lead role on “Scandal” worked out best for her because she got something even better:
“I didn’t get ‘Scandal,’ but I got something better — which is my own show. It’s all about building a legacy. This new opportunity is something I feel that can grow.”