Celebrity speaker, actress and former model Gabrielle Union originally planned on attending law school, but her plans soon changed when she was offered a position most people dream about. Because of her beauty and natural ability, she was discovered by several clients during her internship with a modeling agency and was asked to step behind the scenes and in front of a camera.
It didn’t take long for people to start noticing Gabrielle. Her modeling career soon led to small parts in television shows including Saved By the Bell, Sister Sister, Smart Guy and 7th Heaven. These roles eventually steered her towards feature films. Her small parts in Love and Basketball as well as 10 Things I Hate About You, gained her the recognition she needed to breakthrough in the industry and become a star.
Gabrielle’s career took off after her depiction of a sassy cheerleading captain from Compton in the hit movie Bring It On starring Kirsten Dunst. After the films release, she won a big role in The Brothers as well as in Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan’s directorial debut Abandon. In 2003, Gabrielle was cast in her first leading role in the comedy Deliver Us from Eva alongside LL Cool J. Since then, she has been featured in several films including Bad Boys II, Breakin’ All the Rules, Cadillac Records, The Perfect Holiday and Think Like a Man, and Think Like a Man 2.
Gabrielle has come a long way since her small roles in television shows. She has since made appearances on several episodes of Army Wives, Life, Night Stalker and FlashForward.Most recently, she was cast on the BET network show, Being Mary Jane, where Gabrielle stars as Mary Jane Paul, a rich and glamorous television news anchor that has bad taste in men and has an obsession with chaos.
In addition to her acting career, she has made appearances in several music videos starring several well-known artists such as LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and Ne-Yo. She has also been featured in a commercial for Neutrogena as well as appeared on the cover of numerous magazines including Ebony, Ocean Drive, Essence, and People.
She is also a major advocate for survivals of assault. Gabrielle supports the Young Survivor Coalition, the Rape Foundation and is an Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She also voices her opinions about violence against women on various social media sites and is an avid supporter of charities such as Declare Yourself, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Gibson Girl Foundation and Make The Difference Network. In her spare time, she loves to travel on behalf of these organizations and share her own personal stories and inspire young women around the nation.