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Fresh Prince’s Original Aunt Viv Just Landed A New Acting Job, Thanks Gabrielle Union For Support

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While 2020 was a hard year for many of us, it did have a few bright spots. One of those was The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion, which saw Will Smith and original Aunt Viv actress Janet Hubert bury the hatchet after having not spoken to each other for decades. Following the sweet moment, it seems that Hubert is now re-entering the Hollywood sphere and is gaining work. One of her newest gigs is happening at Netflix and, after the news broke, the actress took to social media to share her thanks, even giving a special shout out to Gabrielle Union as well.

Janet Hubert is set to star in Netflix’s The Perfect Find, a rom-com based on a novel by Tia Williams. The Fresh Prince alum is joining a strong cast and, based on her recent comments on her Instagram page, it seems Gabrielle Union, who is also a producer on the movie, may have had a hand in her casting. You can check out Hubert’s sweet post down below:

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An actor is typically grateful for just about any opportunity to work, but landing a Netflix role -- especially following an extended absence -- is a big deal. You have to love it when performers like Janet Hubert and Gabrielle Union support each other.

The two are set to be joined in the Netflix production by Lala Anthony, Aisha Hinds, Keith Powers, and Gina Torres, per Deadline. The film centers on a 40-year-old woman mulling whether she’s willing to risk everything for a steamy (and secret) romance with the only person who can upend her reality. As for what’s at stake, well, there’s her high-powered job, a bank account, and her biological clock, which is currently ticking. So yeah, there’s a lot on the line.

Anyone who’s aware of Janet Hubert’s story probably knows just how auspicious this period in her life is for her. While starring as Vivian Banks on the early seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, tensions grew between her and co-star Will Smith. Things would ultimately come to a head in the third season, during which Hubert was pregnant and dealing with personal issues at home. After being given a “really bad” new deal, Hubert decided to depart the hit comedy though, for years, it was inaccurately reported that she was fired.

Though she left on her own, she was eventually branded as “difficult,” which took a toll on her career. You can hear her speak more on her life post-Fresh Prince by streaming the reunion special on HBO Max, which you can sign up for using this link (opens in new tab).

Now, Janet Hubert seems to be jumping back into things in full force, as she previously landed a role on Tracy Morgan’s The Last O.G. And apparently, she’s also not hesitating to share her thoughts on current events. Needless to say, a Hubert renaissance has arrived, and it’s been a sweet sight to see.

Erik Swann
Erik Swann

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