10 Things You Didn’t Know About Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union is best known for her roles in teen films like Bring It On and She’s all That, but she’s also had starring roles in films like Bad Boys II, Cradle 2 the Grave and the CBS medical drama, City of Angels. She’s been acting for quite some time and is currently starring as the lead character in the BET drama Being Mary Jane. Union has also made headlines for her business endeavors, activism and relationships with professional athletes like Jason Kidd, Chris Howard and her current husband, Dwayne Wade. It’s hard to believe this incredibly smart and talented actress is turning 44 soon because she hasn’t aged a day in the past 20 years, but she is! So here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about Gabrielle Union:
10. She’s a Country Girl
Gabrielle Monique Union was born on October 29, 1972 in Omabha, Nebraska. Her mother is a former dancer and social worker, and her father was a former phone company manager. Since she was a little kid, her close friends and family have called her “Nickie” which is short for Monique, her middle name. Union was raised in a household that loved country music and football. In an interview with Us Weekly she said she “loves country music” and that her favorite go-to karaoke song is “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks. She is also a huge fan of the show Nashville. “My husband and I are cheering for Deacon to win back Rayna Jaymes!” she said.
In high school, Union was the all-star point guard in basketball. She also played on the soccer team and ran track. “I played sports year-round: basketball, soccer, softball, and I ran track year-round, from the time I was, like, 6, 7,” she said in an interview with ESPN. “I was, in high school, a career 93-percent free-throw shooter.” When she attended the University of Nebraska she played on the soccer team, but later transferred to UCLA. She graduated from UCLA with an honors degree in sociology. She’s also really into sports. She told the Boston Herald that she built a sports bar into her home with Dwyane. This might explain why she also has a ‘thing’ for dating athletes!