Last night on Oprah's Next Chapter the media maven sat down with actresses Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad and Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union. While the women focused a lot of their conversation on Black women in Hollywood, Gabrielle Union touched on how she was less than friendly to her competition just a few years ago in her career. See some of what Gabrielle had to say below.
Oprah: Do you think that girls got meaner as the chances, the opportunities opened up... obviously these guys have been in it a little longer than you have been in it, do you think that the competition and the fierceness of that competition increased the mean factor?
Gabrielle Union: I think nowadays there is this celebration of, as kids say, "the ratchet" of the ratchetness. You’re supported in tearing other people down. There is a forum for it and there is a huge spotlight on you to do that, and people were like, how did you move from being a mean, vindictive, hateful person who couldn’t be happy for other people to embracing and truly being supportive? Really, it came down to we were in a room, we were at a party and I was holding court because I can turn a phrase and be slick myself, and I was trashing somebody. Ripping them to shreds head-to-toe. Then AJ pulled me aside and she said, ‘Now, how did your life change? Did you get the guy? Did you get the job? Is your house any bigger? Did money magically get put in your pocket? What positive happened in your life after you just tore that woman down?’
Needless to say that Gabrielle Union taught all of us a life lesson last night. She let us know that growth never stops, no matter how old we get and that there is always beauty in a breakthrough.
Don't miss the BET original movie premiere of Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union on Tuesday July 2 at 10:30P/9:30C only on BET!
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