Speaking to These Boots Are Made For Stalking, Gabrielle says about Beyonce:
“Beyonce and I have been friends since we were teenagers. We go to the same hairstylist now and you know how those bonds are! B is such a polite, nurturing person and a joy to work with. It’s easy to work with her because she is a good friend of mine.
It’s funny because she says how she is so different from Sasha Fierce, her stage ego and it’s true. She isn’t a diva at all but when she steps on stage I sometimes have to ask myself who that person is up there, but as soon as she steps foot off stage she is back to the same nice person I have always known.
B told me that every role she takes, she is progressively getting better and better and it shows with her role as Etta James. Whether she wins an award for her performance…she really nailed the role and that is something that you have to do when portraying a person who really existed in history and not just a character.”