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Gabrielle Union: ‘At Least Let Me Audition’

By Fabiola Antunes
In Featured
April 28, 2016

Gabrielle Union on March 31, 2016 in Hollywood, California - Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images North AmericaGabrielle Union on March 31, 2016 in Hollywood, California – Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images North America.

The 43-year-old actress and star of films Bring It On (2000), Think Like a Man and Chris Rock’s Top Five in 2014, will soon be seen in Sundance smash The Birth of a Nation. But Gabrielle Union reveals in a new interview she is disappointed the movie industry hasn’t become more diverse throughout the course of her career.

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“Half the time, (African-Americans) don’t even get the opportunity to fail… At least let me audition, so you can say I just wasn’t good enough,” she tells Ocean Drive magazine.

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“Most times, black actors can’t even get in the door.”

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It’s not just black actors though. Gabrielle added that Hollywood needs to become more accepting of minority groups in general.

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“It’s still grossly unequal – and that goes for the Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and LGBT communities… We have a long, long way to go.”

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Her comments come after the ‘Oscars So White’ controversy earlier this year, following the total lack of black names recognised on the actors nominations list.

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This lead to much debate about diversity and also led stars including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott the ceremony in February 2016.

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Gabrielle will certainly be kept busy in the coming months, as it was recently reported she and her sportsman husband Dwyane Wade have landed a new reality show.

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The couple, who wed in 2014, will show off its home renovation skills on an as-yet-untitled HGTV show in America. The project has been a labor of love for the actress and the Miami Heat basketball hero for years. On the show, the pair will take on a fixer-upper home and turn it into a winning property.


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