Gabrielle Union believes "cheesy" and "unconditional" love keeps her family together.

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

The 42-year-old actress - who is stepmother to her husband Dwayne Wade's three children, Xavier 18 months, Zaire, 12 and Zion, eight - has gushed over her brood and believes bigger is always better when it comes to family.

She explained: "Marrying into a family of three boys and becoming a stepmother to three kids has just sort of been an extension to how I was raised. The more, the merrier! Everyone counts. Everyone has a space.

"I was raised in a family that was all about unconditional love. No matter what incarnation your family comes in, you are enough.

"We family with love, like a lot of cheesy love. And that works for us, and that's how we family."

The raven-haired beauty - who currently stars in the drama 'Being Mary Jane' - added she "jumped at the chance" to be part of the show as it celebrated "all different kinds of family".

She told PEOPLE: "It's about unconditional love, inclusion. To be a part of a programme that actually celebrates that and all different kinds of family, I jumped at the chance.

"That family encompasses so many people. Not just the people that have been born into the family but extended family, stepkids, friends who have possibly been displaced from their families. Everyone is included and everyone counts."

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