Union talks Hollywood, marriage, motherhood, politics, sports and 90s R&B in the November issue of ESSENCE
Gabrielle Union, star of Birth of a Nation and the upcoming holiday comedy Almost Christmas, is living her best life now. In Essence’s November issue cover story, State of the Union, the actress talks about everything from speaking out against sexual assault, life with NBA superstar hubby Dwyane Wade, and worrying about violence against her boys.
“Birth of a Nation” flopped in its opening weekend following months of controversy surrounding the college rape accusations tied to director Nate Parker. And star Gabrielle Union understands why people decided against seeing the film, which is based on the true events of an 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.
“…As a rape survivor and as an advocate, I cannot shy away from this responsibility because the conversation got difficult. I don’t want to put myself above anyone’s pain or triggers. Every victim or survivor, I believe you. I support you. I support you if you don’t want to see the film. I absolutely understand and respect that. I can’t sell the film. This movie has always been about more than one person, and for the outspoken feminist advocates and allies who risked a lot to be a part of this project—Aja Naomi King, Aunjanue Ellis, Penelope Ann Miller—we are okay if you have to sit this one out, and we’re okay if you don’t, and we understand…”—Gabrielle Union in Essence’s November issue
Gabrielle Union is an American actress who began her career in 1990s. Now at 43 she says, “I’m at an age where my ego doesn’t live and die by how many lines I have,” says the 43-year-old stunner, who’s rocking Lanvin, Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors Collection in her cover story. “There’s more to life than line counting.”
Union’s real girl vibes, which we love seeing unfiltered on social media, let’s us know she’s always ready for a good time. But when asked about how she’s navigating the world married to NBA baller Dwyane Wade and raising growing Black boys, she’s reserved—and for good reason. “Until they walk through the door, I’m terrified,” she says. “Sometimes I just want to stay off my timeline, because it makes those waits until they walk through the door a thousand times worse. One of my biggest fears is them being a hashtag on some bulls—t.” (By hashtag Union means #BlackLivesMatter).
For more from Gabrielle Union, be sure to pick up a copy of the Essence November issue, on newsstands October 14.