One of today's hottest stars, GABRIELLE UNION
(Shaun/Produced by) continues to shine.
Union can be seen in the BET series Being Mary Jane, written and created by
Mara Brock Akil. Union plays the lead, Mary Jane Paul, a successful talk-show
host. The 90-minute pilot debuted in summer 2013 as the highest-rated show on
cable for the evening, pulling in four million viewers. Union earned rave
reviews for her performance as Mary Jane, and she received a 2014 NAACP Image
Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic
Special for her role. The series will conclude with a two-hour finale later this
Union recently added the title of The New York Times bestselling author to her
resume with the release of her book, "We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories
That Are Funny, Complicated, and True." Released by Dey Street Books, the book
is formatted in a series of essays and features personal stories and reflections
on a range of topics that continue to define the contemporary landscape:
sexuality, womanhood, friendship, race, marriage and beauty.
She is currently in production on NBC's TV spinoff pilot of Bad Boys in which
Union will reprise her role of Syd Burnett from Bad Boys II. Union stars in the
pilot opposite Jessica Alba and will also serve as an executive producer.
Union also recently wrapped production on the ensemble dramedy The Public
opposite Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone, Emilio Estevez and Che "Rhymefest"
Smith. Written and directed by Estevez, the film centers around a standoff with
police and library officials when library patrons-many of whom are homeless and
mentally ill-stage a sit-in, turning the Cincinnati Public Library into an
impromptu homeless shelter for one night during a cold snap. Union will play an
ambitious television news reporter who uses the event as a way to bolster
ratings for the network as well as her own personal profile. The film recently
premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Union made her production debut last year by executive producing the Lifetime
movie With This Ring, a romantic comedy based on the best seller "The Vow" by
Denene Millner. She also executive produced Almost Christmas with Will Packer
for Universal Pictures.
Union recently appeared in Baran bo Odar's Sleepless alongside Michelle
Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney and Jamie Foxx, and also in Will Packer's Almost
Christmas. Union's additional film credits include Disney's animated TV movie
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, Paramount's Top Five, the Screen Gems hits
Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too, Lionsgate's Good Deeds, Film
Science's In Our Nature, the critically acclaimed Cadillac Records, The Perfect
Holiday, Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls, Ryan Murphy's Running with
Scissors, the blockbuster hit Bad Boys II, Breakin' All the Rules, Deliver Us
from Eva, Universal Pictures' cult hit Bring It On, Welcome to Collinwood,
Abandon, Two Can Play That Game, Love & Basketball, Cradle 2 the Grave, 10
Things I Hate About You, The Brothers, Neo Ned, The Honeymooners, Meet Dave and
She's All That. Union was also seen in PBS' four-hour television documentary
series Half the Sky, based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize winners
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into
Opportunity for Women Worldwide."
On the small screen, Union made her debut in UPN's hit comedy Moesha, and
then went on to guest star on such hit shows as ER, Dave's World and The Steve
Harvey Show. Shortly thereafter, she had a recurring role on two WB hit shows,
Sister, Sister and 7th Heaven. Union stirred things up when she guest starred as
a love interest to both Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Ross (David Schwimmer) on
Friends. With this role, Union marked the first African-American love interest
on the series. She also joined the cast of Steven Bochco's City of Angels for
one season. Union was seen on ABC's Flash Forward, NBC's Life and ABC's Ugly
Betty. In addition, she starred in ABC's critically acclaimed series Night
Stalker, opposite Stuart Townsend, and she was also seen in HBO's award-winning
Something the Lord Made, opposite Alan Rickman, Kyra Sedgwick and Mos Def.
In the branding sphere, she recently launched her Flawless hair care line,
which is sold exclusively through Ulta Beauty. A partnership with Macadamia
Natural Oil, the line contains 10 products including several different shampoos
and conditioners, a hair masque, blow dry cream, hair protection spray, shine
spray, an oil treatment and edge control gel. For Union, the line is more than
just bringing her beauty picks to the masses. She also wants to give more
options to women with natural hair who are underrepresented in the market.
She was also recently named the face of New York &Company's 7th Avenue
collection and her own exclusive namesake collection for the brand is also
currently available for purchase. The 7th Avenue Design Studio collection was
largely inspired by Union's character Mary Jane Paul from Being Mary Jane.
Union's passion for acting is rivaled by her championing of causes near and
dear to her heart such as breast health and combating sexual violence.
Native of Nebraska, Union currently splits her time between Miami and
Cleveland with her family.
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