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Gabrielle Union on Football Wives

Published February 16, 2007 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders.
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Gabrielle Union is trying her hand at television again. Though Nightstalker didn't catch on, she has high hopes for next season's Football Wives. Having been married to Chris Howard, this series might ring true to life.

Interview: Gabrielle Union On Football Wives


"I play Chardonnay Lane," she said. "She’s a diva singer on her way up. They were like, 'Do you want to change the name?' and I said, 'Absolutely not.' I get to live out all of my fantasies of being a pop star. I’m watching MTV, BET at home and I’m trying to do all the dance moves but I’m going to have a lot of acid reflux. I cannot sing. I’ll be sleeping with humidifiers and what not."

The show may capitalize on Union's limited abilities. "I sing well enough to play a reasonable singer, a pop singer certainly. A pop singer of marginal talent with a great personality."

Based on the UK series of the same name, Union expects some cultural changes. "They go full nudity so there’s going to be a couple changes. They’re not going to see my goods."



As a working actress, Union is happy to return to the small screen. "I love TV. I love the stability of it. It’s kind of like the final frontier in true diversity in true diversity and being a lot better in depicting the changing face of America and actually offering leading roles to women of color and people of color. I think now that we’ve seen the last awards season, I think you can kind of agree that diversity not only pays off in the ratings but in just terms of talent that has been overlooked and shapes and sizes that aren’t always represented in appropriate numbers to how they represent society and our population. I think TV is providing that. And not only do they respect your ability, but they respect you financially and they will back up the money truck. No, but it's not something you always get in film."

Stay tuned for updates.


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