Gabrielle Union has blasted the lack of roles for black actors in Hollywood.
The 43-year-old actress and star of films Bring It On (2000), Think Like a Man and Chris Rock’s Top Five in 2014, will soon be seen in Sundance smash The Birth of a Nation. But Gabrielle reveals in a new interview she is disappointed the movie industry hasn’t become more diverse throughout the course of her career.
“Half the time, (African-Americans) don’t even get the opportunity to fail… At least let me audition, so you can say I just wasn’t good enough,” she tells Ocean Drive magazine.
“Most times, black actors can’t even get in the door.”
It’s not just black actors though. Gabrielle added that Hollywood needs to become more accepting of minority groups in general.
“It’s still grossly unequal – and that goes for the Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and LGBT communities… We have a long, long way to go.”
Her comments come after the ‘Oscars So White’ controversy earlier this year (16), following the total lack of black names recognised on the actors nominations list.
This lead to much debate about diversity and also led stars including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott the ceremony in February (16).
Gabrielle will certainly be kept busy in the coming months, as it was recently reported she and her sportsman husband Dwyane Wade have landed a new reality show.
The couple, who wed in 2014, will show off its home renovation skills on an as-yet-untitled HGTV show in America. The project has been a labour of love for the actress and the Miami Heat basketball hero for years. On the show, the pair will take on a fixer-upper home and turn it into a winning property.