I think I’m going to surprise people at how I play this particular villain and her vicious ways.
The mother of two stopped by her friend Arsenio’s show, The Arsenio Hall Show,to discuss everything from first meeting her hubby, Will Smith to her legendary relations with Tupac Shakur. Telling stories that never get old, the open book actress left viewers with lots of gems about her and her relationships. Check out some of the excerpts below.
Meeting Will Smith Before They Started Dating:
When I was 19 I auditioned to play one of his girlfriends on Fresh Prince [of Bel Air] and they told me I was too short, but then many years later once I started a film career, Mr. Smith decided he wanted to come and ask me to play his girlfriend and I had to tell him no. I think if I had done it we would not be married today because you have to meet people at a time that you’re ready. Neither one of us were ready at that time.
First Time Being in a room With Will:
One time meeting him at Bullock’s. Bullock’s is like this department store in Los Angeles and I’m with my mother and Will’s like ‘Hey Jada’ and saying hello to my mother and just as cheery as ever and happy as he always is and my mother’s like, ‘Why can’t you date a nice guy like him?’ I said, ‘Will, that’s the Fresh Prince, what I’m going to do with him?’, and of course look at me now.
Her Comic Book:
That was 15 years ago. I created a comic book. I’m a comic book geek for real which is one of the reasons I’m so excited to do this new project, Gotham and playing a villain at that.
Playing a Villain:
I’m very excited about that because she’s quite unique. I think I’m going to surprise people at how I play this particular villain and her vicious ways.
Gaining Weight Before Oscars:
I’ve actually gained a little weight that I actually liked and I decided I’m going to keep my little 8 to 10 pounds. But I must say, I did start trying on those Oscar dresses last night and it is a little snug because they make those Oscar dresses really tiny. I am tiny–you would think I wouldn’t have that much of a problem but it was a little snug.
Growing up rough:
I had the best of both worlds. My grandmother was a social worker and my grandfather was a doctor so I got to see what black middle class living was like. But I was also the child of a very young mother, my mother had me at 18. Our journey together was a little rough; drug addiction, youth, just growing up; so I had the best of both worlds learning how to navigate through the good life and the not so good life. But I have to say the education I had prepared me for what Hollywood is all about. By the time I got to Hollywood I was real clear about what was happening here so it was like no one could pull the wool over my eyes.
On Tupac being a father figure to her:
[Tu]Pac was probably one of the first male figures that I had in my life that saw the beauty and my talent and intelligence separated from sex. That’s something that a young girl gets from her father, I didn’t have that. Pac was the first one that it wasn’t about sex it was about, ‘You, you’re a beautiful woman, you’re talented, you’re strong, I respect you and you’re my girl. You’re going to sit right here, I’m going to protect you’; and that was about our relationship was like.
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