Over the span of her 20 plus years career, actress Gabrielle Union, 43, has turned down multiple offers to play a character who is raped, never quite feel that a role was worth the pain she would have to endure to perform it. Union, who was raped at age 19 during a robbery at a Payless shoe store where she worked, made an exception last year to shoot a small but pivotal scene in the movie called, “The Birth of a Nation,” writer-director Nate Parker’s drama about the 1831 Nat Turner slave revolt.

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