Gabrielle Union recently spoke on her approach to mothering her daughters, Kaavia Wade and Zaya Wade, in an “ET” interview about her new film The Inspection.
On 3-year-old Kaavia:
I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, a girl, a girl, finally, a girl, a girl, a girl!’
That I get to like shape and and and… She came out exactly who she is.
And, no matter, you know, who I wanted her to be, she is exactly who she supposed to be.
And, I wanted Sporty Spice, she’s like I’m going to give you Posh, Baby… literally, all the other spices, but Sporty.
She’s taught me that… You can have all the wants and dreams for your children, but they are who they are, and it’s your job to love them, and guide them, and try to give them the world.
But you’re not in control, you know what I mean?…
Like, I want to make sure she has, like, good manners, she’s kind, she’s compassionate, she’s a student of the world, that she’s got a world perspective not a town perspective.
But, if she going be shady, she going be shady, you know what I mean?…
If she wants to wear full accessories to tennis it’s gonna happen.
Like, she walked into dance class and she said, ‘The kids aren’t serious.’
She’s three! What are they supposed to be serious… They can barely go to the bathroom.
This is who she is… it’s who she is.
On 15-year-old Zaya:
Zaya is still a child of this world, and we try to create a loving safe bubble, in our home, in our school community, with our extended family.
But, she’s still a queer person in this country, in this world, and she has to fight every day to be seen, to be loved, to be nurtured, to be thought of as worthy.
And, it’s a fight every day for her and for us.
It is a struggle, and she is not completely unlike elegance, in the sense of the yearning for love ones to see them and love them completely and without condition.
The Inspection is a film about the real-life experiences of writer and producer Elegance Bratton.
The film follows a young, gay Black man, who is rejected by his mother, and decides to join the Marines.
Despite experiencing homophobia at the Marine Boot Camp, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength, and support, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that shapes his identity and forever changes his life.
The young, gay Black man, is played by Jeremy Pope, and his mother is played by Gabrielle Union.
See The Inspection official movie trailer below:
Elegance Burton, the writer, and director of the film, revealed in the interview that his mom recently passed, and he hadn’t spoken to her in 18 years, but when he cleaned out her place he found some things that reassured him that she is proud of him.
Ultimately, I have a deep gratitude to Gabrielle for giving me an opportunity to find closure with my mom…
And my mother is the first person to every love me fully, and she’s also the first person to fully reject me
So… It’s funny when she passed, we hadn’t spoken for maybe 18 years, something like that.
And I thought she was completely had moved on, and you know, when I went through her house to, you know, clean it out for her she had all of my articles, she had on her computer the tabs were open to things that I had done with my short films in the past.
So, you know, I feel like she’s proud of me.
Watch the “ET” interview with Gabrielle Union, Jeremy Pope, and Elegance Bratton below:
The Inspection comes out in theaters on November 18.