Jada Pinkett Talks Meeting Will Smith For The First Time And Her Relationship With Tupac [Video]
This past Friday Jada Pinkett-Smith stopped by The Arsenio Hall Show to promote her new Fox series Gotham. During the interview Jada spoke on meeting her husband, Will Smith, for the first time as well as her close friendship with the late hip hop legend Tupac.
Meeting Will for the first time:
When I was 19, I auditioned to play one of his girlfriends on Fresh Prince and they told me I was too short. But then, many years later, once I started a film career and everything, Mr. Smith decided he wanted to come and ask me to play his girlfriend again. And I had to tell him ‘no’ again. Thank goodness because I think if I had done it, we would not be married today. Because you have to meet people when you’re ready and neither one of us were ready at that time.
Her relationship with Tupac:
Pac was probably one of the first male figures that I had in my life that saw the beauty and the talent and my intelligence, separated from sex. That’s something that a child, a young girl usually 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 are MY girl! You’re gonna sit right here and I’m gonna protect you! I’mma make sure, if nothing else, you get what you need!’ And that’s what our relationship was like. We kind of did that for each other.
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