Gabrielle Union Talks ‘Women in TV’ with Elle


Actress Gabrielle Union is featured in Elle magazine’s February issue, which in part, celebrates women in TV.

For her blurb, Gabrielle covered the usual: diversity in Hollywood, which she describes as “sorely lacking.”

Gabrielle also spoke on reading for and losing the role of Olivia Pope in “Scandal,” saying “It hurt. I thought it was lightning in a bottle. How many times was there going to be a show about a black woman run by a black woman.”

Gabrielle’s pain was quickly soothed however when just over a year later she won the role of Mary Jane Paul in BET’s first scripted drama “Being Mary Jane.” According to the show’s creator, Mara Brock Akil, “Gabrielle is a badass who brings a much needed vulnerability to the character.”

On playing Mary Jane, Gabrielle says “The ratings show all kinds of people relate, not just black women. If we can have drones, we can have brown people on TV, and the world won’t end. We need to catch up. We are painfully behind.”

Catch “Being Mary Jane” when it returns for its second season on February 3rd.

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