Gabrielle Union: She Didn’t Get a Role Because of Her Looks
Gabrielle Union recently reflected on a time when she missed out on a significant role, not because of her talent or experience, but solely because of her appearance. As we celebrate Gabrielle’s 51st birthday, Netflix’s Strong Black Lead released an interview in which the award-winning actress shared her experience of being turned down for a role because the other actor was considered “prettier” than her.
Although Gabrielle Union didn’t reveal the specific project or the name of the actor who secured the role over her, she shared a valuable life lesson she learned from this disheartening experience.
Recalling the incident, Gabrielle Union explained, Years ago, I was up for a big job, and after numerous callbacks and studio tests, it came down to just the two of us. She was then told that she didn’t get the role because “She’s just prettier than you.” For someone who struggled with low self-esteem, this experience left her feeling as though there was no place for her, for her unique kind of Blackness.
This incident had a profound impact on Gabrielle’s confidence,
leading her to mistakenly equate her physical appearance with her ability to perform her job. She candidly admitted, It ‘killed’ my confidence at the time and made me believe that my physical beauty was the primary factor in determining my professional success.
However, this experience also served as a wake-up call for Gabrielle,
making her realize the importance of being in spaces where she’s genuinely valued. She shared, I recognize that if I had gotten that job and was around people who made such judgments, my soul would be worn down. I only want to be in spaces where I’m wanted.
Gabrielle Union stressed the significance of understanding one’s true value and not settling for less. She advised, “When someone reveals their perception of your value through negotiations, it’s a sign. In their perfect world, you would accept a lower value. The way you negotiate your worth says a lot about the journey you’re about to embark on.
In conclusion, Gabrielle Union urged people not to be afraid to walk away from situations or individuals who fail to recognize their true worth, especially when those parties expect them to compromise their value.
After viewing this interview, fans were left astonished at the audacity of anyone who would judge Gabrielle Union, a remarkable woman, based solely on her physical appearance.