Gabrielle Union On Competing With Janet Jackson For Role In ‘The Matrix’: 'We Canceled Each Other Out'
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Gabrielle Union On Competing With Janet Jackson For Role In ‘The Matrix’: 'We Canceled Each Other Out'

If history went differently, either Gabrielle Union or Janet Jackson could have been part of The Matrix franchise. In fact, the former has a hilarious story regarding her audition for The Matrix.

In an interview on The Late Late Show With James Corden, Union revealed that she channeled The Queen Of Pop for her audition for The Matrix.

“I went to audition. To me, I needed to feel like the most powerful, beautiful, and amazing woman in the world, so of course, I wanted to channel Janet Jackson,” Union said. “I [went] to Extensions Plus…the Mecca of weaves. I wanted to get the good hair, the Janet hair, from the weave emporium. I literally [found] the exact outfit from her album cover. I [drew] in the damn mole. I [was] fully committed.”

However, her audition was notable for its unexpected guest: Janet Jackson herself. 

She explained,, “I am in the audition and I [played] Janet the whole time, waiting for the audition, in there early. No one’s going to stop me…[then] in walks Janet Jackson. The same audition and I’m cosplaying as Janet, with a weird drawn-on mole.”

Turns out, neither actress nabbed a role in the film.

“We canceled each other out,” Union hilariously exclaimed. 

Watch the full interview below:

A new The Matrix film is coming out later this year, The Matrix Resurrections, starring Keanu Reaves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and more.