Competition is fierce in Hollywood — and on the court, and in the Union-Wade household.
“I’m just trying to keep up with my husband,” Gabrielle Union shared with Footwear News on Feb. 22 at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (The pre-recorded event will air on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.) “Every day I’m like, ‘Dammit, you have added another brand?’ Back to the drawing board.”
The 44-year-old actress recently launched her Flawless by Gabrielle Union hair products line, and she’s quickly learning the art of the deal by observing how her husband, Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade, handles business.
“Watching how [Wade and his team] structured deals and to make sure that there’s equity and owners — I’m learning,” the “Being Mary Jane” actress shared. “I married a young guy, and I didn’t think he would be the teacher and I would be the student.”
Union’s new hair-care venture follows several of her other collaborative and independent business projects. During the NBA All-Star Game weekend, which took place Feb. 17-19 in New Orleans, she teamed up with Wade on a pop-up shop, “D&G: A His and Hers Pop-Up Fancy Experience,” with online retailer Fancy.com. The temporary store sold their favorite items, including the baller’s Li-Ning Way of Wade 5 All Star sneaker.
“We’ve got Invcita watches, Vanilla Puddin (wine brand), and I think that’s all I’m allowed to say now, but there’s always more,” she added.
Union, who was clad in head-to-toe Prada, served as the host of the awards ceremony, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with a star-studded program that honored singer-actress Janelle Monáe (Breakthrough Award); “Insecure” actress-creator Issa Rae (Vanguard Award); “How to Get Away With Murder” actress Aja Naomie King (Lincoln Shining Star Award) and “Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi (Generation Next). Presenters included Pharrell Williams and Viola Davis.