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Gabrielle Union

Magazine article Out

Gabrielle Union

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SHE BRINGS IT ON TO A SAPPHIC ROLE.

"You haven't really made it until you've got the gay rumors. I've tried, but it never seems to take," jokes Gabrielle Union (Bring It On, The Honeymooners), whose list of acting aspirations has long included "playing a lesbian." Congrats, mission accomplished. This fall Union will costar as Annette Bening's feisty lover, Dorothy, in the eagerly anticipated film adaptation of Augusten Burroughs's memoir Running With Scissors. The actress credits her open-minded upbringing for the ease with which she approached this somewhat unconventional part. "We were these Catholics from Omaha, Neb., who moved to the Bay Area when I was 8," she explains. "My mother really understood the value in showing us the other sides of life." Still, there were some relatives who questioned the prudence of taking on such a high-profile outré role. "I was like, 'But you had no problem when I was in movies as a lap dancer or killing, like, 50 people. Why get riled up when I'm playing someone who happens to find love with another woman?'" Off-camera as well, Union is expanding her repertoire, slipping into character as a newly single woman trying to navigate the dating scene in Los Angeles. …

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