Gabrielle Union Talks “Being Mary Jane”: “I’m Convinced The Idea Of Having It All Is A Myth”
When Gabrielle Union and a group of girlfriends watched her latest project—the BET dramedy Being Mary Jane (premiering July 2) about single, successful news anchor Mary Jane Paul who just can’t seem to get it right in love department—they each looked at each other like, ‘That’s you’ she recalls, laughing.
“Nobody wants to admit to being Mary Jane but there are quite a few of them. I recognize her in my friends, myself and family.” Union hopes women will recognize themselves in Mary Jane.
Union on why Mary Jane can’t get her love life together:
There are a number of reasons why she can’t get it right. I think that she’s entitled and when you’ve been head of the household and you’re super career woman, I think it’s hard to turn it off and share your life with someone when you’ve been dictating life on your own terms. [Mary Jane] is stuck to dating one type of guy and that hasn’t worked out for her but she’s hesitant to open up the field or try something new.
Union on Mary Jane being “every woman”:
Yes, but when we look at our friends, they do all that as well and then they might add a kid or a husband to that and it’s like, how the hell are you doing it all? I’m convinced the idea of having it all is a myth. You can have a lot and be happy in some areas of your life, but for everything to be working on full cylinders and to be 100 percent, I’ve given up on that. I make the attempt to string together some perfect moments and just let myself off the hook that I’m not going to hit it out of the park everyday. When one thing is going well, one thing is springing a leak.
You can read the rest of the interview over on essence.com. Gabby makes some really interesting points about career women and their relationships, not only with men but with all personal relationships. We must say, her character in Being Mary Jane sounds a bit similar to the role she played in Daddy’s Little Girls. We shall see!
What do you think about Gabby’s comments? Can women have it all?