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Exclusive: Gabrielle Union Talks Wedding Bling & Channeling Tamar Braxton For “Top Five”

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Gabrielle Union is still glowing from her recent nuptials to NBA star Dwyane Wade … and it isn’t from her massive 8.5 carat wedding ring she calls “Big mama”.

HipHollywood sat down with the actress while promoting her latest film Top Five where she also dished on how she’s settling in with her new hubby. “We’re in the middle of two different remodels, on two different coasts, so that’s kind of where we are at right now,” explained Union.

But if you think the couple is expanding their homes in preparation for a new baby, think again. Union tells us she’s focusing on work, like her role in Top Five where she plays Chris Rocks’ fiancé, a feisty reality star, whom she modeled after Tamar Braxton and Kim Kardashian.

“The character is written as this girl who has a really popualr reality show with her sisters,” explained Union. “So it kind of leaves you with two families the Kardashian’s and the Braxton’s. I know Tamar and I know Toni and I know Kim, and I wanted to show elements of those ladies that we don’t see on TV like their compassion and their human side and the fact that they aren’t willing to share every single thing and exploit every single thing for ratings.”

Top Five is in theaters December 12.

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.

 

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