Gabrielle Union Admits Losing ‘Scandal’ Role To Kerry Washington
Earlier this week, BET premiered a new scripted series titled “Being Mary Jane,” which stars Hollyweird banger Gabrielle Union.
But while there has been much hype surrounding Gabby’s new role on a show that is all her own, she recently revealed that she’d also been passed up for another starring role as Olivia Pope in ABC’s ‘Scandal,” which currently a role played by none other than her fellow Black Hollywood actress Kerry Washington.
via US Weekly
BET is giving Gabrielle Union her very own Scandal.
The 40-year-old actress is starring in the new movie/TV series Being Mary Jane, which is set to premiere as a two-hour special on Tuesday, July 2 on BET — and become a series in January 2014.
For Union, landing the lead role in the new BET show is a big career win. In an interview with The Associated Press, the Deliver Us From Eva actress revealed that she lost the lead role on ABC’s Scandal to Kerry Washington.
“I said to myself, ‘Oh my God, these roles are out there.’ It showed me that you don’t have to settle. Luckily, the success of her and the show bred more work,” she explained. “Just from the audition process, I knew that I couldn’t go backward.”
“I didn’t get Scandal, but I got something better — which is my own show,” Union added. “It’s all about building a legacy. This new opportunity is something I feel that can grow.”
Hmmm…we’re thinking both Gabby and Kerry landed exactly where they were supposed to, and as a result there are now two shows with African-American actresses in starring roles where there might have only been one so it all seems to have worked out.
Could you imagine Gabby as “Olivia Pope,” Bossip fam?