Gabrielle Union talks about her new movie, “Good Deeds,” a romance drama where she co-stars opposite Tyler Perry and Thandie Newton.

Kam Williams | 3/7/2012, 11:18 a.m.
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Gabrielle Union talks about her new movie, “Good Deeds,” a romance drama where she co-stars opposite Tyler Perry and Thandie Newton.  

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One of today’s hottest stars, Gabrielle Union, continues to shine. She will soon appear in Screen Gems’ “Think Like a Man,” based on Steve Harvey’s book “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,” which is slated for release on March 9, 2012.

Gabrielle’s impressive film credits include the critically acclaimed “Cadillac Records,” “The Perfect Holiday,” “Tyler Perry’s ‘Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Deliver Us from Eva,” “Love and Basketball,” “The Brothers,” “The Honeymooners,” and “She’s All That.”

She made her television debut on the hit sitcom “Moesha,” before going on to guest star on such series as “ER,” “Dave’s World” and “The Steve Harvey Show.” Shortly thereafter, Gabrielle had a recurring role on two WB hit shows, “Sister, Sister” and “7th Heaven.”

She also stirred things up on “Friends” when she played a love interest to both “Joey” (Matt LeBlanc) and “Ross” (David Schwimmer). In that role, Gabrielle marked the first African American love interest on the series.

Gabrielle’s passion for acting is rivaled by her involvement as an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, as well as her support for the Young Survivor Coalition (YSC) and the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at UCLA.

She helped found a program called “A Step for Success” which helps to raise funds for the economically challenged Kelso Elementary School located in Los Angeles. Gabrielle now serves as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena and is featured in its national television and print campaigns.

A native of Omaha, Neb., Gabrielle currently resides in Los Angeles. Here, she talks about her new movie, “Good Deeds,” a romance-drama where she co-stars opposite Tyler Perry and Thandie Newton.

What interested you in collaborating with Tyler again and in playing Natalie in “Good Deeds?”

Once I read the script, the biggest thing was that I loved how he didn’t make her a bitch. My character’s usually the villain in this sort of romantic drama.

I was very happy that Tyler made her a normal person who has a great career, great friends and who comes from a great family. So, in this case, maybe the relationship’s just not working instead of my character’s being an evil shrew.

How was it working with this cast?

Phylicia [Rashad] is an icon, and she’s amazing. Just being able to watch her work up close is like taking a master class in acting.

Thandie was great, and having Beverly Johnson play my mother was huge, and a nice ego boost. The whole experience felt like being in a big, happy, well-functioning family. 

“Good Deeds” is a film about a “defining moment.” Has there been such a moment in your life or career you’d like to share?

In my life, when I got divorced. I sort of realized that I hadn’t been making sound choices which were the best for me to pursue my hopes and dreams and aspirations and passions.