Gabrielle Union says she is a ‘demonstratively affectionate mom’

Gabrielle Union, 50, looks youthful in a plunging dress as she talks her parenting skills on morning show: ‘I am a demonstratively affectionate mom’

Gabrielle Union looked ready for a summer pool party – not the chill of fall – when she was seen on the street in New York City on Monday morning.

The 50-year-old Bring It On was heading into Good Morning America to promote her new animated movie Strange World, which opens on Wednesday.

During her sit down, the siren talked about her parenting skills, noting that she is ‘a demonstratively affectionate mom.’ She shares a daughter with her 40-year-old basketball star husband Dwyane Wade: Kaavia James Union Wade, age four.

Very hands on: Gabrielle Union told Good Morning America on Monday that she is 'a demonstratively affectionate mom'

Very hands on: Gabrielle Union told Good Morning America on Monday that she is ‘a demonstratively affectionate mom’

Mommy time: She shares a daughter with basketball star husband Dwyane Wade, 40: Kaavia James Union Wade, age four; seen on November 15 in LA

Mommy time: She shares a daughter with basketball star husband Dwyane Wade, 40: Kaavia James Union Wade, age four; seen on November 15 in LA

And she helps Wade co-parent his kids: Zaya, 15, Zaire, 20, and Xavier, nine.

Gabrielle and Dwyane wed in 2014. 

The actress was joined on GMA by her Strange World co-star Jake Gyllenhaal. 

They play a married couple in a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest and most crucial mission into uncharted and treacherous territory.

Jake said the movie was about three generations of a family who are complicated and have their own issues.

Reel and real: Gabrielle plays a pilot in the movie. And that is when she brought up her parenting skills. 'As a very demonstratively affectionate and loving mother and wife, I brought that to the role,' she said

Reel and real: Gabrielle plays a pilot in the movie. And that is when she brought up her parenting skills. ‘As a very demonstratively affectionate and loving mother and wife, I brought that to the role,’ she said

Their world is threatened and they have to save it; that means they have to develop an understanding of each other.

Gabrielle plays a pilot in the movie. And that is when she brought up her parenting skills.

‘As a very demonstratively affectionate and loving mother and wife, I brought that to the role,’ she said.

Summer?  Union looked ready for a summer pool party - not the chill of fall - when she was seen on the street in New York City on Monday morning

Summer?  Union looked ready for a summer pool party – not the chill of fall – when she was seen on the street in New York City on Monday morning

Yes, we see it: And the Hollywood veteran added a nice splash of color to her feet.

Green is good: She had on lime green open toe heels

Yes, we see it: And the Hollywood veteran added a nice splash of color to her feet. She had on lime green open toe heels

She added that she and her husband, Wade, try to be partners in every aspect of their life.

‘I try to consult,’ she said of working with her husband.

She also shared that she has been shamed for not saying that she is leading the family. But the star said she is happy to walk alongside her spouse instead.

She also shared that her four year old child is a critic of her films, though she loved the latest one Strange World. ‘She did say that I was beautiful in the film too,’ smiled Union.

Jake also talked filling Patrick Swayze’s Road House, which just wrapped.

Consultant: She added that she and her husband, basketball star Dwyane Wade, try to be partners in every aspect of their life. 'I try to consult,' she said of working with her husband

Consultant: She added that she and her husband, basketball star Dwyane Wade, try to be partners in every aspect of their life. ‘I try to consult,’ she said of working with her husband

The look: Here is a cast shot of the characters from Strange World

The look: Here is a cast shot of the characters from Strange World

Jake added that he already knew Patrick because they worked together on the 2001 scifi film Donnie Darko.

Then it was back to Gabrielle.

Union also said she is starring in the movie The Inspection.

The plot: A young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside.  

Union plays his mother and shared was not so kind, she was too hard on her son.

He was there too! Jake said she was going to be with his girlfriend for Thanksgiving along with his sister Maggie and mom

He was there too! Jake said she was going to be with his girlfriend for Thanksgiving along with his sister Maggie and mom

A full room: Gabrielle talked to Robin Roberts and her costars on GMA

A full room: Gabrielle talked to Robin Roberts and her costars on GMA

‘The mother/son dynamic is so sad,’ she said.

Then there was talk of Turkey Day this week.  Jake said she was going to be with his girlfriend for Thanksgiving along with his sister Maggie and mom.

Union said that her husband goes ‘big’ on Thanksgiving, it’s like a ‘summer jam,’ with performances and all, they have 50 people, and she just shows up.

‘I just show up guys,’ she joked.

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