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Gabrielle Union talks Hollywood, marriage, motherhood, politics, sports the upcoming new season of the hit show Being Mary Jane (returning in January) & movie Almost Christmas (in theaters November 11) in the November issue of Essence Magazine.

Brief excerpt from cover story by Cori Murray:

“I’m at an age where my ego doesn’t live and die by how many lines I have,” says the 43-year-old stunner, who’s rocking Lanvin, Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors Collection in her cover story. “There’s more to life than line counting.”

Instead, she’s harnessing more power behind the scenes. “I don’t just want to be a hired gun. I want to have a little bit more control over the narrative. The only way I can be empowered to do that is to be a producer. Now with as many projects that will have me, it’s part of the deal.

For more about the cover story be sure to pick up a copy of our November issue, on newsstands October 14.