While promoting her upcoming book ‘You Got Anything Stronger,’ the ‘LA’s Finest’ actress reveals the confrontation took place at an Atlantic Records label party.
Gabrielle Union will never forget the night when she and Serena Williams had a dance with Bruno Mars before being a big star.
The two pals were at an Atlantic Records label party when “whirling dervish” Bruno met them on the dance floor and challenged them to a showdown.
“Bruno had just had a hit and people knew him…but he wasn’t, like, the Bruno Mars you see today,” the actress says.hello america“. “I got all my girls together, including Serena Williams, who is…exactly the one you want to tag in a dance battle, and we’re on the dance floor and we’re rocking a little and through the crowd comes this little whirling dervish of one person and there’s Bruno Mars with his whole group and they said, ‘Are you ready?’ ”
“I stretch, like, ‘I live for these moments!’ And then we had this epic dance battle with Bruno and his crew and it was amazing.”
Union tells the story in her new book, “You Got Anything Stronger,” which comes out Tuesday, September 14.
Elsewhere in the interview, Union, who played Isis in “Bring it on“, opened with a letter she wrote in her book to apologize for not portraying the character as Isis deserved. “I think it was a mistake,” she said. “I was given free rein to do whatever I wanted with Isis on ‘Bring It On,’ and I chose respectability, and being classy and taking the high road.”
Union went on to explain that she did this because she thought it would make Isis “the right one” and “the right kind of black girl.” She added, “Black girls aren’t allowed to be angry, certainly not demonstratively angry, and I muzzled her.”