Early life[ edit ] Gabrielle Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska , the daughter of Theresa Glass , a phone company manager and social worker, and Sylvester E. Union, a business executive and military sergeant. Union has said, "They handled their divorce and our subsequent transition into a blended family with grace and dignity and respect. They always put us first and didn't involve us. I'm lucky that I can just mirror what my parents did and always put the kids first.
That was like the biggest star-struck moment I've probably ever had in my life. But it's because I grew up in a household that always talked specifically Cornhusker football and Big 8 sports, at the time. Johnson confronted her over the behavior during a party the two were attending. She eventually transferred to UCLA and earned a degree in sociology. When she came to work as an intern, Judith Fontaine thought she was so pretty, she requested Union get some photos so the agency could book her as a model.
She got the photos and Fontaine did book her as a model. Bring It On helped push Union into the mainstream. Union was featured in The Brothers and was seen as having a "beguiling sincerity, even when she's fudging the truth. This was her second time working with the rapper since making a cameo in his video "Paradise" in When casting Eva, director Gary Hardwick was looking for an actress capable of instantly changing "from funny to caustic and dramatic.
Union felt that she had been "blessed" with her role in the film, feeling it elevated her career. The film was unpopular with critics.
They were noted by Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times as having "a strange, offbeat chemistry that drives the film. She called the series a "reworking" rather than a remake. Union admitted that at the time of getting the script, she was turned off, but became interested after reading the script at her agent's insistence. She then met with series creator Frank Spotnitz and executive producer Daniel Sackheim , who told her they thought of her anytime they thought of the character.
She played Julia Rossmore, a romantically challenged attorney. The role was written with her in mind. According to Union, Perry had specifically approached her over not turning the role into the same character. Since she had no children of her own, Union used her mother and sister to portray the divorced single mother of three in the film. Williams sister and Daniel Meade 's Eric Mabius love interest.
Union was reported to have signed to the film in March Waters was portrayed by Jeffrey Wright , who Union played opposite to. Union said the film was a gift. SUV in and Union was reported to be joining the cast in June Union related that every rape victim was "unique", which extended to how they believed justice should be carried out.
Union related to her character from having married and divorced young. The film was the directorial debut of Brian Savelson, the writing ability of whom Union was impressed. Savelson had offered Union the role  two years prior to the film's release, in Union saw In Our Nature as a personal victory for her career. Union viewed her character as being similar to members of the Kardashian family or the Braxton sisters. Finest, co-starring with Jessica Alba. The book "feature[s] personal stories and reflections on a range of topics that continue to define the contemporary landscape: She became affiliated with Neutrogena in It was reported in November that Union became ambassador for nail polish company SensatioNail.
She became the company's first celebrity ambassador and creative advisor. I'm still fighting for Trayvon … we all should. Union posted on both Instagram and Twitter, calling for anyone with information on the killer of Barnes's aunt to report their information to authorities. Romney had released his own tax returns while a presidential candidate. Komen for the Cure 's Circle of Promise.
In October , it was announced that Union would be designing T-shirts to bring attention to the Women Are Watching campaign. Union has said Kidd broke up with her two weeks before junior prom. They married on May 5, , and separated in October