Alex Kennedy talks to Gabrielle Union about how she got her start as an actor, her big break, her advice for aspiring actors, her marriage to Dwyane Wade, the banana boat photo, dealing with paparazzi, how the media covers her and Dwyane, speaking out about the toxic workplace at "America's Got Talent," changes she'd like to see in Hollywood, her children's book ("Welcome to the Party") and more. Time-stamps are below!
:35: As a kid, Gabrielle wanted to be a lawyer. She discusses how she got her start as an actor.
2:55: These days, with social media, is it easier for someone to get noticed and become an actor?
4:20: What advice would Gabrielle give to aspiring actors?
5:55: Gabrielle discusses her "big break" and how the mainstream success changed her life.
8:05: Gabrielle says she didn't have to deal with paparazzi much (because they tend to focus on white celebrities), but bloggers and fans with camera phones did put her under the microscope.
9:30: In 2015, Gabrielle and Dwyane Wade were photographed on a banana boat with LeBron James and Chris Paul. The photo blew up and people started referring to Wade, James, Paul and Carmelo Anthony as the "Banana Boat Crew." Gabrielle talks about that day and her reaction to the photo going viral.
12:20: Gabrielle and Dwyane Wade are married. She talks about being in a celebrity relationship where every little thing ends up making headlines. Does that present unique challenges in their marriage?
14:55: Gabrielle spoke out about the toxic workplace environment at "America's Got Talent." She has said that she wants to help create a happy, high-functioning, inclusive and healthy workplace. Is Hollywood taking the necessary steps to head in that direction?
16:45: Gabrielle names specific changes she'd like to see in Hollywood (and workplaces in general).
19:15: Gabrielle and Dwyane have both been in the spotlight for years. She discusses how Dwyane's media coverage differs from how she's covered.
22:40: Gabrielle was "the Rasheed Wallace" of her high-school basketball team. She talked trash and got a lot of technicals. She tells the story of the time she talked trash to an opponent's mother.
24:25: "Welcome to The Party" is Gabrielle's children book, which was inspired by her daughter and the fact that there aren't many books about non-traditional families. She discusses the feedback she's received since publishing it.
25:45: What are the biggest roles that Gabrielle turned down or came close to getting but then they ultimately went to someone else?
26:50: Gabrielle talks about the audition process and how intimidating it is. She also talks about the time she auditioned for an early Marvel movie.