THINK LIKE A MAN TOO
GABRIELLE UNION (Kristen) Union can now be seen in BET's new
series "Being Mary Jane," written by Mara Brock Akil and directed by Salim Akil,
Union plays the lead as 'Mary Jane Paul' a successful talk show host. The
90-minute pilot aired last year and was the highest-rated show on cable for the
evening pulling in 4 million viewers. Union earned rave reviews. Nuzhat Naoreen
of Entertainment Weekly stated, "The pilot is surprisingly funny, fresh, and
affecting. Much of the credit goes to Union, who manages to capture her
character's single gal despondency without making her appear weak or needy."
Megan Angelo of Glamour magazine also stated, "I can't remember the last time I
watched a show and was so utterly hooked on a heroine. I think that's partially
due to room-to-breathe extended episode, partially due to Union's authentic,
balls-out performance, and partially due to the fact that the character is so
damn likable for so many reasons." Union received a 2014 NAACP Image Award for
"Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special" for
her role in "Being Mary Jane." The series airs on BET.
Union recently starred in the Screen Gems' hit film, Think Like A Man, based
on Steve Harvey's book "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man." Additionally, Union
filmed Chris Rock's new comedy Finally Famous in which she will play Rock's
fiancĂ©. The film produced by Scott Rudin is slated for release in 2014.
Union's film credits include Lions Gate's Good Deeds, Film Science's In Our
Nature, 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's cult hit Bring It On, Welcome to Collinwood, Abandoned, Two Can Play
That Game, Love & Basketball, Cradle to the Grave, Ten Things I Hate About You,
The Brothers, Neo Ned, The Honeymooners, Meet Dave and She's All That. Union was
recently 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
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 was also seen in HBO's
award-winning "Something the Lord Made," opposite Alan Rickman, Kyra Sedgwick
and Mos Def.
Union's passion for acting is rivaled by her involvement as an Ambassador for
the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as her support for the Young Survivor
Coalition (YSC) and the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at UCLA. In her free time,
Union often travels on behalf of Susan G. Komen and the YSC to share her story
of losing a friend to Breast Cancer and inspires others as well as visits the
RTC to talk to young women. She also helped found a program called "A Step for
Success" in 2004 which helps to raise funds for the economically challenged
Kelso Elementary School in Los Angeles. The program holds fundraisers to help
pay for books, classroom supplies and many other daily needs that teachers have
fallen burden to paying for themselves.
Union currently serves as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena, featured in its
national television and print campaigns. She has been acting as spokesperson
Native of Nebraska, Union currently splits her time between Los Angeles and
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