April 20, 2014
Gabrielle Union recently revealed that she lost the lead role of ABC's Scandal to Kerry Washington -- but the experience had a silver lining. "I said to myself, 'Oh my God, these roles are out there,'" Union said. "It showed me that you don't have to settle. Luckily, the success of her and the show bred more work. Just from the audition process, I knew that I couldn't go backward." And now Union is getting her own chance to be a series lead -- she plays a successful TV news anchor in BET's Being Mary Jane (premiering July 2), which is being turned into a series expected to air in January.