Gabrielle Union is ‘Mary Jane’ on BET

Gabrielle Union is no longer Gabrielle Union – now she’s Being Mary Jane.

The sexy star handles the lead in BET’s new movie, premiering Tuesday night. Gabrielle Union actually almost had a different starring role – on ABC’s hit Scandal, which she lost to fellow actress Kerry Washington.

Said Union: “I said to myself, ‘Oh my God, these roles are out there. It showed me that you don’t have to settle. Luckily, the success of her and the show bred more work. Just from the audition process, I knew that I couldn’t go backward.”

Mary Jane moves to series in January – Gabrielle Union plays the titular character, a TV news anchor with a complicated life.

Meanwhile, check out Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade at the BET Awards this weekend.