Written by Chrystal Parker; Photos by Russell James
Gabrielle Union has a message for Marvel and DC Comics. She wants to add an iconic superheroine to her IMDB filmography, 96 credits long and counting. The actress has her own production company, Stew U, but she won’t pull a character out of the clear blue just to put herself in a movie. Not that it hasn’t crossed her mind.
“‘Um, did you just create a superhero called the Baddest Bitch?’ Yes,” she jokes over wine and cookies at Bar Pleiades, inside of the rakish Surrey Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side. “She’s got Sciatica and you know…thinning edges. And she fights…crime.”
At a lithe size two, the witty and bitingly sarcastic 42 year-old—now dressed in a trapeze black tee, skinny gray jeans and suede booties has spent the last seven hours getting barrel-curled, powdered, glossed, safety-pinned, taped, and photo-ready snatched. And in between takes, cracking church jokes about wearing little more than a Gucci bra as the Gospel soul of Yolanda Adams filled the room.