she’s covering Vegas Magazine’s May/June 2014 issue, it’s the feature interview that steals the show. Inside, she dishes on everything from the negative woman she used to be, to the point of her career where she thought she had lost everything, and how her mom’s divorce affected her life.
Below are a few things we learned from the feature:
She’s always felt like an outsider
My dad told me, ‘You gotta be bigger and badder and better than the next woman, just to be considered even.’ I felt like I had to become a chameleon [in high school]. Even as a popular girl, I was always looking through the window and very afraid of being exposed. I just wanted to assimilate and fit in.
Around 2005, she felt as though she had hit rock bottom
But as Union was making her way in Hollywood, winning parts in movies such as Bring It On and Ten Things I Hate About You, her self-described “slick mouth” and penchant for “bagging on others” were earning her few friends in the business. Her outspokenness damaged her reputation, which was further compromised by a perfect Tinseltown storm. In 2005, her first marriage, to NFL star Chris Howard, began its descent into divorce; her network series Night Stalker was canceled; her agent’s phone was no longer ringing off the hook; and she felt she had hit rock bottom.] “I felt destroyed,” she says. “I literally went under the bed with my dog and just stayed there.”