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Gabrielle Union dressed up as Janet Jackson to audition for a part in The Matrix - only to discover the real singer was also trying out for the role.

Gabrielle copied the "Control" singer's clothes, hair, and even her trademark mole, to give her an edge over the other hopefuls. But she was stunned when the real Janet Jackson walked in and sat down opposite her.

Gabrielle recalled her awkward encounter with the music icon, according to WENN.com.

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"Everyone and their mother was auditioning for The Matrix," she told The Late Late Show With James Corden.

"I went to audition (and) I needed to feel like the most powerful, beautiful and amazing woman in the world, so of course, I wanted to channel Janet Jackson," she said.

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"I go to Extensions Plus, which is, like, the Mecca of (hair) weaves. I wanted to get the good hair, the Janet hair, from the weave emporium. I literally find the exact outfit from her album cover. I draw in the damn mole. I fully committed. I play Janet the whole time, waiting for the audition, in there early. No one's going to stop me... (and) in walks Janet Jackson.

"The same audition, and I'm cosplaying as Janet, with a weird drawn-on mole. Neither of us got it. I think we canceled each other out."

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When the two stars crossed paths later at a Miami, Florida nightclub, Gabrielle wasn't sure she wanted to meet the singer after their embarrassing audition moment.

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However, the singer's then-boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, told her Janet wanted to say hello, and the starstruck actress burst into tears.

"I'm bawling in the club, snot bubbles, the whole thing... but now she knows I'm a weirdo," Gabrielle recalled.

"I don't know what's about to happen, and I get there, and she jumps up and gives me a hug and says, 'I'm so proud of you...!' Now we're friends."

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Fox 5 I-Team

More actresses have come forward accusing Hollywood director and acting coach Troy Rowland of asking them to film themselves partially nude in audition tapes.

Rowland, who is related to singer Kelly Rowland, directed the films Gracefully Broken, Morbius (2022), Black and Blue (2019) and Merry Liddle Christmas (2019), starring Kelly (pictured below).

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He is best known for coaching actress Hillary Duff in Disney's hit show Lizzie McGuire.

The FOX 5 I-Team previously reported that seven actresses from around the country accused the Atlanta-based director and acting coach of luring them into sexually charged auditions for a role that didn't exist.

Now five more women have reached out to FOX 5 I-Team after seeing the original report, saying the same thing happened to them.

One actress filed an FTC complaint accusing the acting coach of coercion, fraud and revenge porn, the I-Team reports.

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Rowland reportedly met the women through acting classes that he offers in Atlanta, Houston and Los Angeles. Actresses pay $400 a night to attend his classes.

Rowland, who is married and has a daughter, allegedly urged the women to try out for a role as a stripper named Keisha in a spin-off for the TV series "Power."

Rowland allegedly told the women to record themselves partially nude and send the audition tapes to him.

However, "Power" casting director Rori Bergman told FOX 5 I-Team there was no role for a stripper named Keisha in the TV spin-off and she had no working relationship with Rowland.

Bergman told the I-Team the auditions were "reprehensible" and that "I want this guy to never be able to do this to anyone else again."

The women said Rowland preyed on them and used the "God-fearing man" angle to reel them in.

One woman said: "He reels you in. He was God-fearing, and he loved and adored her (his wife). We wouldn't expect anything like that from him. It was easy to trust (him)."

Rowland has not responded to requests from the I-Team for a comment.

Watch the I-Team report below.
 

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Nia Long confirmed Thandie Newton's claims that she was discriminated against during her audition for Charlie's Angels in 2000.

The 49-year-old actress told Insider she auditioned for the same role of Alex Munday for the movie, which ultimately went to Lucy Liu, opposite Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore.

According to Nia, after the audition, her agent notified her that she wasn't picked for the part because she "looked too old" to star alongside Drew - despite them only being four years apart.

"I was like, 'What?'" she said. "I love Drew Barrymore, I think she's amazing, but I think that was just a nice way to say you're a little too Black. Personally, that's what I think. Because if you notice there were no brown skin (actors in the movie). I mean, honestly, I would have been the blackest thing in the film."

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The mom-of-2 explained that, "the feedback that I received from my agent was, [Nia] just looked too old and sophisticated to be next to Drew Barrymore,' and I'm thinking to myself, it's an actor's choice to walk in the room how they want to look, but it's a director's vision to help create and curate a character."

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Nia said she she dressed conservatively in a blazer, button down blouse and jeans for her audition.

"So if you couldn't see beyond the fact that I had on a blazer and a pair of jeans then that was clearly not the job and opportunity for me. So, no problem, I'll keep it moving."

Earlier this month, Thandie revealed she turned down the role due to her negative experience with director Joseph McGinty Nichol, known professionally as McG, during the audition process - which led to her believing she would be objectified.

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A wide receiver who participated in Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout in Atlanta received a tryout of his own with the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, Kaepernick, 32, is still waiting for any team to call.

According to NFL reporter and talk show host Howard Balzer, wide receiver Jordan Veasy, got a private tryout with the Cleveland Browns.

Veasy, a former California Bear, caught passes from Kaepernick during his controversial workout at a high school in Atlanta earlier this month.

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Kaepernick angered NFL execs when he switched the location of his workout at the last minute. His stunt "disappointed" Jay-Z who, along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, arranged the workout for Kaepernick.

According to BET.com, "the Browns just signed J'Mon Moore to their practice squad, so it's unlikely they'll add Veasy as well."

The Browns are 5-6 on the year and could use help at the quarterback position. But Kaepernick's antics have shut the door on his chances to be a part of an NFL roster.

Siya

'Empire' creator Lee Daniels is reportedly auditing teenage girls to play a new character on Fox TV's 'Empire' named Betty Barz.

TVLine reports that the teenager who wins the role must be "moody, outspoken, and unapologetically butch" -- with emphasis on butch. Not unlike openly gay rapper Siya (pictured above) who stars in Oxygen's reality show, Sisterhood of Hip Hop.

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Sidney Starr

When transsexual video model Sidney Starr allegedly hooked up with washed up rapper Chingy, he saw the relationship as a fast track to stardom. But Sidney was passed over for a role on spin-off series Love & Hip Hop: Chicago. Without naming the show, Sidney vented his disappointment at producer Mona Scott-Young in an interview with Vlad TV.

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If this is old news I apologize, but I was not aware that American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino had a brother. Somehow I assumed she was an only child. According to American Idol Worship blog, the seventh season of American Idol begins tonight, and Fantasia's brother Ricco Barrino is one of the contestants.

According to them, Ricco is expected to win it all. I hear the major labels are in hot pursuit of the brotha. They say his voice sounds like a male version of Fantasia, whatever that means. I have never seen an episode of AI, so I'm counting on you guys to keep me up to speed on whether he wins it all or goes back to flipping burgers at White Castle.