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TV Festival: Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union, dynamic duo

15 June 2019 - 11h46

The 59th edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival was officially launched last night after the Sovereign’s speech at the opening ceremony. After a quick presentation of the members of the jury, the two stars of LA’s Finest series, Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union, invited the audience to discover the first episode of the series. This morning at the press conference, they kindly responded with a lot of humour to the journalists questions for nearly an hour.

Based on Bad Boys films, LA’s Finest series, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Sony Pictures Televisions and created by Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier, is starring Jessica Alba as Nancy McKenna and Gabrielle Union as Sydney Burnett. Of course, this is yet another police series, but with the notable difference that this time, the two heroines are “two women and two women of colour”, as Gabrielle Union pointed out. The series promises to be refreshing and feminist. If indeed, Gabrielle Union plays the character of a woman without attachment while being an accomplished policewoman, that of Jessica Alba appears more like a mellow person, but just as capable in the exercise of her functions. Moreover, the day before, when Didier Allouch, the master of ceremonies qualified her character as the “regular housewife”, the actress had reacted immediately: “Nancy is strong, independent, she does not let herself go and she is the one choosing to have a man in her life.”

Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union on their red carpet arrival last night © Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo

Parity and diversity

And if two women hold the head of the poster, the action is not less present, on the contrary. Gabrielle Union added: “We had a great time, being able to laugh and assume a mysterious role is usually reserved for men, and when we ensure gender equality, we do everyone a favour”. If the two actresses form the best Los Angeles police duo on the screen, they are also co-producers of the series. Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union told the press conference that parity and diversity were respected both on the screen and behind, ensuring that the film crew was “a real family”. They also wanted to add that a second season had just been ordered even though the first one began broadcasting on Spectrum Originals last May in the United States… It has never been seen before!

Délia Kriel

© Délia Kriel

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