Gabrielle Union reveals shock secret from the trailer of hit cheerleading movie Bring It On


Gabrielle Union has spilled a secret about the trailer for the cult classic Bring It On, 26 years since its release.

In a TikTok video shared over the weekend, the 49-year-old actress alluded to the fact that she and her Black castmates in the cheerleading movie were used as false advertising in the trailer.

“Story time!” Union said in the video that has since racked up two million views. In the clip, Union included footage of herself in character as Isis, the leader of the Clovers cheer squad from East Compton in LA.

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Gabrielle Union stars in Bring It On.
Gabrielle Union stars in the 2000 hit movie Bring It On. (Buena Vista Pictures)

“So, we shot these snippets that you see here after the movie wrapped because once test-audiences saw the movie they wanted more of the Clovers,” she explained.

“We shot these [scenes] only for the trailer, not for the movie, to make people think we were in the movie more than we were. The end.”

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Gabrielle Union stars in Bring It On.
Gabrielle Union and her co-stars reportedly did not receive as much air time as their white counterparts. (Buena Vista Pictures)

Fans were quick to express their disappointment in the comments section.

“We were black-fished,” one wrote, referencing the misleading online term ‘Catfish’, while another wrote: “That’s so evil. Why couldn’t they have just given y’all more scenes.”

Kirsten Dunst And Gabrielee Union star in Bring It On.
Kirsten Dunst And Gabrielle Union star in Bring It On. (Getty)

Union has previously revealed she regretted appearing in the movie, which also starred Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku, who were part of the predominantly white Toros cheer squad from San Diego, California. 

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Gabrielle Union at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards
Gabrielle Union at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. (NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

“I do think it was a mistake. I was given full range to do whatever I wanted with Isis in Bring It On, and I chose respectability and to be classy and take the high road, because I felt like that would make her be appropriate — the right kind of black girl,” Union told Good Morning America last year of her character. 

“Black girls aren’t allowed to be angry. Certainly not demonstratively angry, and I muzzled her.” 

Kirsten Dunst stars in Bring It On.
Kirsten Dunst also starred on Bring It On in the predominantly white cheer group, the Toros. (Buena Vista Pictures)

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