Gabrielle Union: 'Think Like a Man' teaches 'common sense' (Video)
Gabrielle Union says that women can learn a lot from her upcoming comedy romance film "Think Like a Man."
"Common sense," the 39-year-old actress told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith at the Los Angeles premiere. "And more than anything, communication. I think a lot of of our couples, it kind of breaks down into, 'Are you communicating effectively, or are you not?' 'Do you have standards in your own life that carry over to a relationship, or don't you?'"
"But that kind of goes for men and women," she added.
The movie was released on Friday, April 20. It follows four couples. The women become hooked on TV personality Steve Harvey's 2009 book, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," and try to use his relationship advice on their guys. In response, the men act to turn the tables on their ladies.
Union, who got her start in films such as "Bring it On" and "10 Things I Hate About You," explained how the film captures the essence of people's relationship habits.
"People are going to be like, 'Ooh, that's you,' 'That's you,' 'That's your mom,' 'That's so and so,'" Union said. "You are going to see yourself in this movie no matter if you're married, if you're divorced, if you're searching - you will see yourself reflected."
The film also stars Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, "Entourage" star Jerry Ferrara, Terrence Jenkins, Michael Ealy, Romany Malco and Chris Brown, who makes a cameo. Kevin Hart plays Cedric, a man who is going through a divorce.
Union is currently linked to her boyfriend of six years, Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade. The actress recently explained how she was banned from sitting courtside because her badgering became distracting.
"I'm bad. A, I don't sit courtside, that got killed when I became as vocal," Union told Conan O'Brien on April 19. "I'm like dance mom. I've become like Bobby Knight and like The Great Santini, it's bad. [I scream] like 'brick!' and 'air ball!'"
The actress and Nebraska native started out with small television roles on shows as "Family Matters," "Moesha," "Sister, Sister," "Saved By The Bell: The New Class" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" before landing the recurring part of Keesha Hamilton on "7th Heaven."
In 1999, she played Katie in the teen comedy "She's All That" and Chastity, the "frenemy" of high school princess Bianca, in the film "10 Things I Hate About You." In 2000, she played a cheerleader from a rival high school who goes up against Kirsten Dunst's character and her squad in the movie "Bring It On."
Union went on to star on shows such as "Night Stalker," "Ugly Betty" and the short-lived ABC show "FlashForward." She also played Geneva Wade in the 2008 film "Cadillac Records."
Check out a trailer for "Think Like A Man" below.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).