Gabrielle Union's Best Career Advice? "Don't Be an Asshole"

And 40 other things you need to know about the actress and new author.

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The star of BET drama Being Mary Jane is a newly minted author—her fearless personal essay collection, We're Going to Need More Wine, comes out this month.

1. If I weren't an actress, I'd be: A lawyer. I'd be fighting for the rights of the oppressed.

2. Best career advice I've gotten: Don't be an asshole.

3. Most gracious response to a career setback: Sending flowers or a handwritten note to the actress who got the job.

4. Least gracious response to a career setback: Stalking the actor's Instagram and zooming in on their pics and finding flaws...flaws that still not change the fact they got the job and I didn't!

5. The three qualities that got me where I am today: Punctuality, photographic memory, and humor.

6. Moment I felt I made it: The first time someone who wasn't related to me or someone I went to school with knew my name while traveling.

7. Most agonizing career decision I've ever made: Turning down projects I love because I knew I didn't have the energy to give the job 100 percent.

Ole top of the wedding cake asses... #Emmys

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8. Easiest career decision I've ever made: Turning down a job where I'd have to work with a known racist, sexist bigot.

9. Kind of work I'd do for free: Hanging out with dogs.

10. Favorite perk of the job: Hair and makeup, endless Twizzlers.

11. Worst pitfall of the job: Working with hair and or makeup people that never felt the need to learn how to do black women.

12. What my career looks like in 5 years: More writing, more producing, and more creating projects for underrepresented people.

"My career in 5 years: More writing, more producing, and more creating projects for underrepresented people."

14. How I made my first dollar: Winning a race against my cousins.

15. Who I admire and why: Anyone who kicks ass and is unapologetic.

16. Last thing I binge-watched: Stranger Things.

17. Book that left a lasting impression on me: Autobiography of Malcolm X.

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18. Song that always makes me cry: "Love Will Lead You Back," by Taylor Dane.

20. Song I want played at my funeral: "Night to Remember," by Shalamar.

21. First album I bought: New Edition's first album, "Candy Girl."

22. On my bucket list: Machu Picchu.

23. Food I'm not ashamed to admit I love: Margarine or imitation crab.

24. Cocktail of choice: Tequila on the rocks with lime.

Save the drama for your eyes... Monday Mood

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27. How my perfect day would begin: Sleeping in extremely late.

28. How my perfect day would end: Dancing on a table listening to '80s and '90s R&B.

35. The last time I felt beautiful was: This morning after I worked out.

36. The beauty essential you have to pry out of my cold, dead hands: One gallon of water.

37. My first kiss: My first real kiss was with Brian Weaver.

40. Advice to a woman with a broken heart: Watch Splendor in the Grass.

41. Relationship advice to my younger self: Have more sex, lots of it, and demand you have orgasms as well.

This article appears in the October issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands September 19.

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