Gabrielle Union Wanted To Be A ‘Fixer:’ Actress Reveals She Auditioned For ‘Scandal’

May 17, 2013  |  

Source(s): ABC, WENN

It’s always interesting to find out which actors and actresses auditioned for popular television and film roles. Last month we told you that Lance Gross was up for the coveted role as Harrison on ABC’s popular series Scandal, but did you know that Gabrielle Union also auditioned for a role in the Shonda Rhimes-produced tele-drama? During a recent interview with CocoaFab, the 40-year-old Being Mary Jane star revealed that she was also up for a leading role in the series.

“There’s the whole group of us who auditioned for ‘Scandal’ that, not just fell in love with that project and Shonda (Rhimes), but the process, the level of respect that we were given even in the audition process and the world that Shonda created even for us trying. It was like, is there ever gonna be another situation for you like that?” Union revealed.


Although she didn’t get the part, Gabby went on to say that it’s all love and gushed about how successful her fellow “sister actresses” have been within the past couple of years.

“Luckily they’re my friends so thank God if I ever needed a loan I’d be like, ‘Well, I saw you last night on ‘Deception,’ Megan, and I know you have money!’ ‘Person of Interest’ is one of the top rated shows internationally, so my girl Taraji (P. Henson) is doing so well. And then all of the films that have come from the great work that she’s done, and Kerry (Washington) with ‘Scandal’ and ‘Django’ and the whole world is like, Gladiator! And Thandie (Newton)’s show. I’ve big got shoes to fill, but it’s dope.”

She also expressed that she hopes Black men in Hollywood will have their time to shine as well.

“Now you hope that the time of the black man is coming. You want them to have their ‘Scandal’ and their ‘Deception’ and their ‘Being Mary Jane’ and you can see black love and black dysfunction.”

Well it appears that their time may be coming sooner than later. Earlier today we reported that NBC has added a new series titled Crisis, starring Lance Gross to their 2013 fall lineup.

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  • bethany

    i just don’t get Kerry’s appeal, i dont like anything she’s done. I would have much rather see Gabrielle, Nia or even Vivica play this role.

    • Gypsy

      Kerry is not only a really, really good actress but she is a magnetic personality, even in real life, she spoke at the Democratic Convention to nominate Barack Obama and the she was fantastic, the crowd went wild.
      1. Her diction is one of the best of all TV actresses, Black or White she is clear, well pronounced and precise.
      2. Watch her on any interviews and you will realize she isn’t just an actress she’s a super smart woman, I take much pride when I see her responding with such great intelligence.
      3. Watch her do Olivia Pope and how she uses the tone and volume of her voice to take command, or to entice.
      4 finally, she takes command of any scene she’s in, she owns your attention, she’s a really good actress and has been since the first time I saw her in “Save the Last Dance”, she was better than the lead actress.

      Gabby couldn’t have carried that role, it needed a really good performing actress, who can express strong emotions, like Kerry can.

      • TJ

        Well Said…

  • VVV

    If the show only comprised the sex scenes maybe but she is not that great an actress. I am relieved she didnt get the part.

  • Shay n Scrappy 4 ever! Lmao

    Hmm.. Gabby as Olivia… maybe. It could have worked.

    • Gypsy

      No, no!

      • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

        its a big maybe , lol

  • guest

    If Gabby would have gotten the role it would have been cancelled by the end of the first season. She is not a good actress. She has not broadened her range. She plays the same type of character in everything she does.

  • bella

    She would’ve been great but i still Think Kerri is the best fit for Olivia!

  • rita

    she might have done a better job in deception than MG…

  • Wow

    Gabrielle plays the exact same character in all of her movies. She doesn’t have much range when it comes to acting. She’s good at playing romantic comedy roles but Olivia Pope?…nah! Shonda Rhimes got it right when she selected Kerry Washington.

  • Guest360

    I love Gabby and what she had to say about her fellow “sister actresses”. It’s nice to see that type of support, especially when you fight for the same things sometimes

  • Laine

    I could definitely see Gabby as Olivia Pope…, but I’m glad it’s Kerry. Love them both….

  • i like gabby to she not hater and she pretty

  • Rosemary Davis

    Gabby is a good actress but has pretty much acted in dumb movies that has added nothing to her ability to show that she can really act.I think her days for being a serious actress is pretty much gone it’s all about Kerry Washington and Zoe Saldana.I think Gabby waiste too much time away from Hollywood playing Wife and Mommie to Dwayne Wade and his kids and maybe they have forgot about her.You have to stay in the business to a certain degree if you expect people to call you for an acting job not playing house in Flordia

  • rainydaze80

    Gabrielle Union??? um no! Gabby has like one facial expression and has the same tone of voice for each role. Good call Shonda Rimes!

  • Lana

    I always thought that Gabby would be a good choice because of her performance in “Deliver us from Eva”. But Kerry is great too and there’s a lot of chemistry between her and Tony Goldwyn.

    • Me

      Dude, I watched the season finale tonight. The chemistry between them comes through the screen!

  • Just saying!!

    Actually….I could picture Gabby as Olivia. She has played similar roles. But everyone is used to Kerry now so yah lol

  • JRoc85

    I like Gabrielle Union, BUT Kerry Washington is KILLING IT as Olivia Pope. Shonda Rhimes chose the RIGHT actress!!!!!!!

  • Lona nods

    I really can’t picture anyone else in this role but Kerry. Gabby is not the worse actress but I don’t think she could have pulled this role off and took this show to more seasons than Kerry has.

  • Denise

    I can’t imagine anyone else doing Scandal but Kerry, but I guess if Gabby had gotten the role, we wouldn’t be able to imagine anyone else doing it either. Lol.

  • Mimsy

    I think Gabby is a mediocre actress.. I’m glad Kerry has it. Kerry has an air of class about her and she’s great actress! Gabby, Megan, Taraji, Nia.. mediocre in my opinion

    • Me

      I think Taraji would have killed it! Gabby can only play the pretty girl. I love Nia as well. I think she could play such a strong role. I love Megan as well, but she does best in basic roles.

      • Shay n Scrappy 4 ever! Lmao

        Definitely would have!

  • SheBe

    Im glad she didnt get it. I like her though.

  • belle

    I like Gabby, but I cannot see anyone else as Olivia. Kerry Washington is the ish.


    I like Gabby