Gabrielle Union talks entertaining, National Margarita Day and 'reading the comments'
BY: GIBSON JOHNS AND CHELSEA HUANG
Gabrielle Union knows how to have a good time.
The "Being Mary Jane" actress stopped by AOL this week to celebrate her "favorite holiday," National Margarita Day, and gave us insight into her "Margarita Moments": Whether she's watching one of her husband Dwyane Wade's basketball games or watching the drama unfold on "Scandal," Union never misses an opportunity to sip on her go-to cocktail.
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Over a couple of Lime-A-Ritas, we talked to the bombshell about how she likes to entertain, what she did for the Super Bowl and why those pesky Internet trolls are totally unavoidable.
Check out our full conversation with Gabrielle Union below:
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First of all, we have to know: What did you do for the Super Bowl?
This was the first year we actually opened it up. Usually it's just our crew, but about a week before the game, we ended up meeting these really great people. We had the singer Alice Smith and her husband over. I was like, "I don't know what they like to drink, but this is what we're doing at Casa Union-Wade."
It's all about cultivating the right combination of food, drinks and people and putting all the ingredients together to create the perfect vibe. It doesn't have to be, you know, caviar and valet; it's just about a good freaking time. That's how we like to entertain!
What kind of food did you serve?
We went soul food that day. BBQ, corn bread, collared greens and hot links. I don't like fancy buns, either. Like, give me Wonder Bread and Sweet Jimmy's BBQ sauce and I'm set.
Did you cook or was it catered?
Nobody wanted to cook! All of my friends have jobs and kids. So, the only stop we made was to go pick up the fun.
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What do you love so much about Lima-A-Ritas?
What's cool about them is that it's one of those cocktails where it turns around a regular old day where you're questioning your existence. When you have a Lime-A-Rita and crack it open, you turn it up; You turn an ordinary Monday into something a little bit more extraordinary!
Talk to us a little bit about your partnership with Lima-A-Rita -- what about it felt like a good fit for you?
I'm genuinely a fan of the product! It was an easy ask, and I jumped at the opportunity. It's something that we have in our home that's perfect for Super Bowl parties, watching the game and watching "Scandal." It's a great, fun, easy drink, and we have a lot of fun with it.
Tell us about some of your "Margarita Moments."
I have many! Obviously watching "Scandal." I love to unwind while I watch it, but some of those moments require a drink! But also at games, watching Heat basketball or Cornhusker football. Anytime that you have friends and family together, of course, and also sometimes when I'm reading social media comments.
Do you do that often? Doesn't everyone say not to read the comments?!
You know what happens? The first four comments are automatically on your page, so even if the other 500 comments are positive, those top four are always going to be negative, and that's what I go to sleep thinking about.
Have you gotten used to it?
No. I think the second you get used to it, you've lost it; you've crossed over, and you're officially off your rocker. Anytime anyone says anything to you -- whether it be a compliment or something negative -- I think you kind of stop being human if you aren't affected by it.
So would it be safe to assume that you don't Google yourself?
God, no! But the kids do. They'll come up with the most random stuff, and I'm like, "Where did you come up with that?" and they'll be like, "The Internet!" But I tell them, you know, "Everything that's on the internet is not necessarily true."
What's the craziest thing you've read about yourself?
This week? That I'm pregnant. They like to give me babies every other week. That, or I'm emaciated or have a nose job. But it's like, "Honey, if I'm paying for all of this, I wouldn't be contouring!" [Laughs]
It's the stuff that they could get me on that they totally miss, though, like my Spanx starting to roll in a picture or something. They never catch stuff like that.
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