Gabrielle Union found a major challenge in her latest film The Inspectionin which he portrays a homophobic parent.
As the parent of a 15-year-old transgender daughter, Zaya Wade, with husband Dwayne Wade, Union has always been an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ+ community.
“I’m never going to reject my child. My child, none of my children, are disposable,” Union, 49, explained to People and Entertainment Weekly studio at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. “But I have a deep desire to be seen as worthy and anything that threatens can go, and for some people that includes their children.”
The Union plays in the film prison guard Inez, who struggles with her son being gay;. But getting her character’s perspective turned out to be incredible difficult.
“As an actor, I usually look for characters that have a piece of me. I didn’t see that in Inez,” explained Union, who also has a three-year-old daughter, Kaavia, with Wade. “The darkness defined my shared space with Inez, which is a very vulnerable place, to know that I too am capable.”
Union tried her best to identify with her character, looking for ways she could relate to Inez.
“I always see homophobes as trash. Google is free and I’m not doing free work to help you figure out how to love your child,” she explained. “But through this process, I’m saying, ‘Maybe I’m not that different in terms of what brought me to this point.”
Finally, the Being Mary Jane The star hopes the film can help struggling families find some common ground and come back together.
“If a family can heal and stay together, then it’s a success,” he continued.
Join took to Twitter in February to express her anger at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after he released a letter in which he said parents who allow their child to undergo “gender reassignment” procedures, which involve taking puberty blockers, should to report child abuse. Union shared Abbott’s letter, writing: “Here we are. We had a dangerous and horrible time a long time ago. The rubber has hit the road, so who stands shoulder to shoulder in this fight? Who really gives an ass**t and whose on this executive bs? Let’s see.”
Union and Wade were open about overcoming their fears as they raise Zaya. Back in June, Wade told CNN’s Poppy Harlow at the Time100 Summit that due to state lawmakers signing restrictions on the rights of transgender youth, as well as other attacks on LGBTQ+ youth, such as the “Don’t Say Gay” law, believes Americans are “losing our human side.”
“As sad as it is, as blessed as my daughter is to have parents who can support her, I still dread every moment she leaves the house,” Wade explained. “And not just because of gun violence, but the way people in this world perceive it, the way the people out there making decisions now have tried to [limit her].”
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