Actress Gabrielle Union as Isis on 'Bring It On'

Actress Gabrielle Union as Isis on ‘Bring It On’. Image via Twitter @Complex

‘Black girls can’t be angry’: Gabrielle Union on her ‘Bring It On’ role

The 48-year-old actress told ‘Good Morning America’ that she wishes she’d allowed her character to be angry and have full humanity

Actress Gabrielle Union as Isis on 'Bring It On'

Actress Gabrielle Union as Isis on ‘Bring It On’. Image via Twitter @Complex

Actress and author, Gabrielle Union has for the first time opened up about the regrets she has about her character, Isis in the iconic film, Bring It On.   

Isis was the head cheerleader of the rival squad, the Clovers in the teen cheerleading comedy film.  

She told Good Morning America that she could’ve made the role more relatable as she was given full control of the character, but made her ‘appropriate’ instead.  

“I was given full reign to do whatever I wanted with Isis in Bring It On.”

“I chose respectability and to be classy and take the high road.”

“I felt like that would make her appropriate, the right kind of black girl.”  

“Black girls aren’t allowed to be angry, certainly not demonstratively angry and I muzzled her.” – she added.  

HER ‘AHA’ MOMENT

Union came to this realisation last year at the 20th anniversary of the movie, when they were discussing a possible sequel that would focus on Isis and the Clovers. 

She says she now realises that she needs to come to grips and acknowledge where she failed the character.  

When asked what she’d do differently, she stated that she would’ve read the opposing team for filth and given them the loser sign.  

She further stated that she would’ve allowed her character to be angry, and allowed her full humanity.  

“Part of being a full human is the ability to express rage when harmed.”  

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