Biography of Jada Pinkett SmithJada Pinkett Smith is a multifaceted American actress, producer, director, singer, and entrepreneur. She is celebrated for her roles in films such as "Scream 2," "The Matrix Reloaded," and "The Matrix Revolutions," as well as the television series "Gotham." In addition, she lends her vocal talents to her own metal band, "Wicked Wisdom." As the spouse of Will Smith and mother to their artistic children, Jaden and Willow Smith, Jada is also an ardent philanthropist and engaging host of the talk show "Red Table Talk."
Childhood and AdolescenceJada Koren Pinkett was born on September 18, 1971, in Baltimore, Maryland. She was named after the renowned soap opera actress Jada Rowland, whom her mother greatly admired.
Jada's mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, became pregnant during her senior year of high school. In pursuit of raising their child within a stable family environment, she married her boyfriend, Robsol Pinkett, and the couple even welcomed a second child — a son named Caleeb.
Robsol passed away from an overdose in 2010. Jada never managed to reconcile with him. He re-entered her life after she had already become a renowned actress, but a reunion was not to be. Jada recounted, "I told him, 'I don't owe you anything. You didn't do a damn thing for me or Caleeb.' I was furious. And he replied, 'It's a sickness. I couldn't help myself, and I'm still your father.'"
Acting CareerJada first graced the screen in an episode of the television series "True Colors," which aired from 1990 to 1992. She subsequently appeared in two other series, "Doogie Howser, M.D." and "21 Jump Street," both of which garnered significant attention.
Her first major role was as Lena James in the series "A Different World." Initially, the show enjoyed high ratings, but as several principal actors departed, its popularity waned, leading to its cancellation in 1993.
An unsettling incident occurred on the set of "The Nutty Professor," which Jada later recounted on her show Red Table Talk. Having enjoyed alcohol since high school, she added drugs to the mix upon moving to Los Angeles. During filming, she lost consciousness after consuming an excessive amount of illicit pills. She lied to her colleagues, claiming she had taken expired medication, but the episode served as a wake-up call, prompting her to take control of her life.
I was drinking hard in high school, too, and when I got out here I was doing cocktails. So, ecstasy, alcohol, weed. Let me tell you, I was having myself a little ball... I went to work high and it was a bad batch of ecstasy. And I passed out and I told everybody that I must have had old medication in a vitamin bottle. But I’ll tell you what I did, though. I got my a** together and got on that set. That was the last time.In 1997, she married Will Smith and subsequently adopted the double-barreled surname Pinkett-Smith. Alongside her husband, she starred in the sports drama "Ali," where Will portrayed the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, and Jada played his wife, Sonji Roi.
CharityJada devotes a lot of time and resources to charity work. In 1996, she and Will Smith created the "Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation," which helps children from disadvantaged families and funds educational projects.
In 2006, she donated a million dollars to the Baltimore School for the Arts, where she studied.Since 2012, Jada has been actively involved in addressing the issue of human trafficking. Together with Salma Hayek, she made a video raising awareness about this problem. Additionally, Jada created a website supporting victims of trafficking called Don't Sell Bodie
Other ProjectsIn 2002, Jada formed a band called "Wicked Wisdom," which performs in the nu-metal genre. The band has released two albums: "My Story" in 2004 and "Wicked Wisdom" in 2006.
In 2018, Jada launched a talk show called "Red Table Talk" on the Facebook Watch platform. In addition to Jada herself, her daughter Willow Smith and mother, Adrienne Banfield, also participate in the show, and various celebrities appear as guest stars. The concept of the show is an open and honest conversation about different topics from the perspective of three generations.
Jada Pinkett Smith's Personal LifeJada married Will Smith in 1997. The wedding ceremony took place on New Year's Eve.
The couple welcomed their first child, son Jaden Smith, in 1998, and daughter Willow Smith in 2000. Jada also became a stepmother to Will Smith's son from his first marriage, Trey Smith.
In 2021, the actor released his autobiography "Will," in which he honestly talked about the crisis they went through. He revealed that in 2011, he and Jada really were separating, having had a fight over a party celebrating Jada's 40th birthday.
In 2018, Jada began experiencing problems with her hair, which began falling out at an alarming rate. Despite seeking medical attention, the causes of her alopecia were never determined. When she was left with very little hair, the actress shaved her head bald, began wearing fashionable turbans, and candidly shared her struggle with her fans.