Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba play two tough-as-nails detectives on L.A.’s Finest, but the two women hold significant power behind the scenes too. They serve as executive producers and work hard to create a pioneering environment that empowers women, people of color, and even working moms.
The two leads of L.A.’s Finest are breaking their silence over a horrific accident on the set of their Spectrum series this past February that led to showrunner, Brandon Sonnier’s amputation below the knee.
In an interview with Variety, Union and Alba spoke out about the accident on the set of their police drama series and how it affected them, admitting there are no words to express that kind of loss.
“I don’t know if there is a word that’s big enough to describe how the whole production felt, how everyone associated with the show felt, I don’t know if saying it was ‘heartbreaking’ or ‘devastating’ is enough,” Union said to the outlet. ““I don’t have a word. With all of my fancy degrees I don’t have a word that’s big enough to describe how we felt.”Her co-star, Alba interjected that Sonnier is a “fully hands-on father,” who is both “resilient and inspiring.”
Alba said he’s eager to get back in the writers’ room and getting everything prepped for next season as the network just announced earlier this week they would be returning for Season 2.
Union went on to add that Sonnier has been “leading and we are following.” A GoFundMe page helped raise over $38,000 for Sonnier’s medical bills. Charter Communications, who picked up the show as its first original program, donated $5,000, while executive producer Jonathan Littman donated $10,000, according to The Blast.