“I was given full autonomy over this character ... and what I chose to do when I was given complete freedom was to put a muzzle on her, to strip her of her humanity and her right to be angry at the harm caused. She had to be the most gracious victim ever. And instead of calling a thing, a thing, by the end of the movie when Kirsten Dunst's character says, ‘You guys are just better.’ And instead of just being like … ’Yes we were. And when the playing field was truly equal and you had to do your own work, it wasn't good enough. Take that L, and sit with it.’ ... That's what it should have been. But I was afraid.”
“Last summer we're doing the 20th anniversary Bring It On panels. It's me and Kirsten and Peyton Reed, our director, and this meme appears of movie villains. And guess who's on the list? Isis. This victim became a villain for asking to be acknowledged, for accountability. Somehow she was made a villain. And I had muzzled her. I didn't give her her full humanity or the right to be angry, and she was still a villain. Think about how many times that someone has harmed us, caused great damage to our reputation, our careers. And somehow we were put in the position of having to apologize to them. Do you need a Kleenex because you seem to be so upset about the harm you've caused me?”
— Gabrielle Union opens up to Tamron Hall about the disappointment she still holds for how she played Isis in Bring It On, which was released in 2000, during the September 15th edition of the Tamron Hall talk show. The actor and author joined her friend in the studio to promote her latest book, You Got Anything Stronger? Union also divulged why she decided to vulnerably discuss race in her second book and how she approached discussing her surrogacy journey with her father. Watch clips of the interview below.