Her breakthrough role was in the teen comedy film Bring It On , after which she was female lead in the short-lived CBS medical drama series City of Angels later that year. Union attended the University of Nebraska, where she played on the club soccer team, before transferring to Cuesta College. She eventually transferred to UCLA and earned a degree in sociology.
Union started her acting career in minor roles. Bring It On helped Push Union into the mainstream and she began gaining more exposure. The film was unpopular with critics. You know I got asked a lot if Alice would ever be with Ralph. I had been dating all these different people and I had this certain look that I needed. When I met my husband, he was covered in tattoos, both of his ears were pierced and he had a motorcycle. So all of that is to say, I do have a Ralph. She then met with series creator Frank Spotnitz and executive producer Daniel Sackheim, who told her they thought of her anytime they thought of the character.
She played Julia Rossmore, a romantically challenged attorney. The role was written with her in mind. Before working with Perry, she went to see his stage show, which helped her understand him and his audience. Since she had no children of her own, Union used her mother and sister to portray the divorced single mother of three in the film.
Overall, Union was happy with the role and with working with Latifah. Union initially turned down the role, as she did not want to get typecast for playing a mother until she was told of other actresses that had played similar roles and still found success in their careers. In an interview with Art Nouveau Magazine, Union complained about the lack of roles for black actresses and actors in Hollywood: Union appeared in the film Cadillac Records.
Union was reported to have signed to the film in March She portrayed Geneva Wade, who later married Muddy Waters. Waters was portrayed by Jeffrey Wright, who Union played opposite to. Union later called taking the role of Geneva Wade in the film the best business decision she had ever made.
Union said the film was a gift. Union joined the cast of the U. Union was announced to have joined the cast of FlashForward in July SUV in and Union was reported to be joining the cast of Army Wives in June Union said that after she read the script she became interested in working with Tyler Perry again.
I was very happy that Tyler made her a normal person who has a great career, great Friends and who comes from a great family. The movie debuted at No.
In the film, Union portrays Kristen, who is in an interracial relationship with a character portrayed by Jerry Ferrara. The interracial relationship was not addressed in the film and regarding this, Union stated: Interracial relationships are really over thought in Hollywood.
Union learned of the series while auditioning for Scandal for the role of Olivia Pope, which ultimately went to Kerry Washington. Union has said that she is content with having Lost the role in Scandal to Washington. This new opportunity is something I feel that can grow. Union reprised her role as Kristen in Think Like a Man Too in , which received mostly negative reviews.
And part of what people responded to was our fun as Friends. Union viewed her character as being similar to members of the Kardashian family or the Braxton sisters.