The death of Whitney Houston shook the world including “Being Mary Jane” star, Gabrielle Union. But it particularly taught her an important life lesson. In a recent interview, Gabrielle Union said
“It just kind of made everyone say, ‘What do you want your legacy to be?’ And I really doubled down on ‘I only want to do things that I care about, that mean something.”. “So, no, I don’t want to play perfect characters that are wholesome rolemodels…and have all the right answers.”
“If you’ve ever seen “Being Mary Jane,” you know her character is messy and she rarely makes the right decisions. But, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy watching her mess. I consistently holler at the screen; but at the end of the day I know quite a few women are battling those same issues, in less dramatic ways”.
The actress said that she happens to love playing a character that is messy.;
“Within one scene I could be, you know, showing a bunch of different colors, and I’ve never been challenged like this. I’ve never been this gratified with my work. Ever.” “I don’t want to play perfect characters that are wholesome role models and everything to everyone and have all the right answers and who can get out of a terrorist cell with their bra,”
She also said on the day Whitney died, she was in a meeting with Salim Akil,the executive producer for “Being Mary Jane” and his team. Akil had also directed Whitney Houston in Sparkle.
“They had just done ‘Sparkle’ with her. … and there were so many people in that room and we were having this great conversation about basically my caree
r going this great direction with this great character. … and you see this other light just literally go out and you see … everyone’s looking at their phones, you hear people gasp and run out of the room, and it was one of those real life-affirming and life-questioning times.”
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“I felt like a lazy actress. … You get complacent, and when the checks arecoming in it’s like, ‘Eh, maybe I’ll get to challenge myself next week.’ The next thing you know years have gone by and you’ve not really done anything that feeds your soul.“And then there’s this.”