*This Friday, Gabrielle Union, stars in the family feel good film ‘Almost Christmas’ but first she sat down with EUR correspondent Fahnia Thomas, to share some words of wisdom.
EUR: In the ‘Almost Christmas’ production notes, you describe Rachel (her character) as,’trying to find herself’ and that you ‘saw yourself as Rachel’…With all your success, career and accomplishments, do you feel like you’re still finding yourself?
Gabrielle Union: Oh yeah! And if you think you’ve found yourself, you’re a liar. If you’re not constantly evolving and challenging yourself or constantly learning and putting ourselves in uncomfortable foreign positions, you become complacent and I never want to be that. So yeah, I’m constantly learning about myself and constantly discovering stuff about myself, because I always want to be new. I always want to challenge myself. I don’t want people to think, they have me figured out. I don’t want to have myself, completely figured out…how boring would that be?! I might as well go sit on a porch in a rocking chair…Where’s the fun in that!
Other people put expectations on us…because we’re supposed to have kids at a certain age, we’re supposed to find the perfect man we’re going to live with for the rest of your life, you’re supposed to have the perfect career, where you won’t need any kind of change or outside stimulation, and you’re supposed to have the best of friends. Who has that? That’s not realistic!
I thought my career was going to be at a certain place at the age of 40…like over. Like I was going to be put out to pasture. I’ve never had more opportunity as an actress, as a “brand” (whatever that is), or as a woman, as I do now. I want to redefine what it is to age in this town, what it is to age as a woman, what it is to age as a black person, and what it is to age as a black woman. And I think I’m doing okay.