Gabrielle Union certainly “brought it” in her iconic 2000 film “Bring It On.
However, the seemingly ageless actress has some regrets about her character Isis and how she thinks she failed in her approach to the cheerleading queen.
“I do think it was a mistake. I was given full range to do whatever I wanted with Isis in ‘Bring It On,’ and I chose respectability and to be classy and take the high road because I felt like that would make her be appropriate the right kind of Black girl,” Union said.
“Black girls aren’t allowed to be angry. Certainly not demonstratively angry and I muzzled her,” the “Almost Christmas” star added.
Union decided to make peace with the way she failed the Clovers head cheerleading captain when she reviewed the film with her co-star Kristen Dunst and the film’s director Peyton Reed for the teen flick’s 20th anniversary.
“I would have allowed her her full humanity, and part of being a full human is the ability to express rage when harmed,” Union said. “When you don’t really allow yourself your full range of emotion and you muzzle your own emotions, it allows people to think, ‘Maybe what I did wasn’t that bad.’ I would have given her all the anger.”
She added, “I had muzzled her and made her this gracious, decent leader and I was still a villain in that movie. I did all that shape-shifting for a character, and then I realized I was doing that to myself too. I wasn’t allowing myself the full range of my humanity.”
Union even wrote an apology to her character in her newest memoir. TIME recently published an excerpt from the novel where Union touched upon her surrogacy journey. She has been open in the past about suffering numerous miscarriages and wanting a child with her husband Dwayne Wade.
“I wanted the experience of being pregnant. To watch my body expand and shift to accommodate this miracle inside me,” she wrote in her essay. “As much as we want this baby, I want you.”
She then recalled Wade saying, “‘We’ve lost too much in our relationship for me to be okay with encouraging you to do one more thing to your body and your soul.’” The pair are now parents to 3-year-old Kaavia who they welcomed via surrogate mother.