- Gabrielle Union has opened up about the regrets she has about her role in Bring It On.
- In the iconic film, the 48-year-old played Isis, the head cheerleader of the rival squad, the Clovers.
- “When given full control, I made her ‘appropriate’,” she said during an interview with Good Morning America.
The teen cheerleading comedy film Bring It On is one of the most influential films of the early 2000s. Who can forget when the famous scene in which Gabrielle Union’s Isis and squad mirrored the Toros cheer routine.
In an interview with Good Morning America, the 48-year-old opened up about her regrets regarding her role as the Clovers head cheerleader.
“I was given full reign to do whatever I wanted with Isis in Bring It On, and I chose respectability and to be classy and take the high road because I felt like that would make her be appropriate — the right kind of Black girl.
“Black girls aren’t allowed to be angry — certainly not demonstratively angry — and I muzzled her,” she added.
The Breaking In actor said that she came to this realisation when she was doing panels last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the movie when they were discussing a possible sequel that would focus on Isis and the Clovers.
“I realised that I need to come to grips and acknowledge where I failed, Isis,” she admitted. “When given full control, I made her ‘appropriate’.”
On what she would have done differently with the character, Gabrielle said that she “would have read the Toros for filth. I would have been like, ‘Yeah, when you had to do your own work, it wasn’t enough, you came in second, take that L.'”
She continued: “I would have allowed her to be angry, I would have allowed her full humanity and part of being a full human is the ability to express rage when harmed.”