Jada Pinkett Smith on Will: ‘He’s got all the freedom in the world’

Did you know that Jada Pinkett Smith is in Magic Mike XXL? She plays a club owner who announces the acts. Other lucky bitches in this movie include Elizabeth Banks, Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell. (Love her!) I know the plot is not going to be exceptional, but I’ll be watching it for the cinematography.

Jada did an interview with Howard Stern in which she talked about Magic Mike XXL, her role on Gotham, her relationship with Tupac (?!) and her marriage to Will. The quotes about Will are getting the most press of course, and she’s said similar things about their relationship many times in the past. Say what you will about Will and Jada, they will tell you how they parent and they will tell you about their relationship. (Sometimes they reveal too much.) Here’s some of what Jada told Howard, and you can read more and hear excerpts on Howard Stern’s site.

On her marriage to Will Smith
Thank God I have a husband who is just a gangster partner. Can you imagine taking that road together from 25 to 44? It takes work Howard.

You’ve got to trust who you’re with. At the end of the day, I’m not here to be anybody’s watcher. He’s a grown man. I trust that the man that Will is a man of integrity. He’s got all the freedom in the world. As long as Will can look himself in the mirror and be ok, I’m good.

On if Will tells her about crushes
Absolutely. You have to in this business. I’m going to know anyway… just because your man is attracted to another woman does not mean he doesn’t love you [and it] does not mean he’s gonna act on it. If your man cannot see another woman’s beauty how the hell is he gonna see yours?

Tupac was her friend while they were growing up in Baltimore
[There] was no physical chemistry between us at all. It wasn’t just me. [We kissed] It had to be the most disgusting kiss for us both. The higher power just did not want that. If Pac and I had any kind of sexual chemistry we might have killed each other. We are both passionate… it was hard enough just with us being friends. We had a very volatile relationship…

I had never in my life met a person like Pac. He had so much charisma and he was poor. When I met Pac he owned two pair of pants and two sweaters. He used to tell me all the time “Jada, you’re a superstar.” He didn’t say it about himself.

Tupac changed after he came out of jail & they stopped speaking
Jail was a very difficult experience for him. Of course we were on two sides of the spectrum. Pac and I have always had very intense conversations… we had a very hardcore disagreement. I just wasn’t in agreement with the direction he was taking. I told him it was a destructive direction. He felt as though I had changed, I had gone Hollywood.

Howard asked her if she felt guilty when Tupac was murdered
I don’t think if I was guilty as much as I felt just sadness for not having the opportunity to tell him that I loved him. But I know he knew that. It wasn’t the first time that we had had a bad argument and had stopped speaking and all that. That was kind of a constant in our relationship… It definitely taught me a lesson. Life is too short. Do not let disagreements stand in between you and people that you love and care about. [Howard pointed out that she had tears in her eyes.]

[From Howard Stern]

Many of you will already know about Jada’s friendship with Tupac (Howard Stern’s site has photos of them together), which is something that I probably heard about but that didn’t stick with me. The way she talked about him really moved me, especially when she said that he would have achieved so much more if he had lived.

It’s rare that I hear a celebrity interview and come away feeling like I heard something genuine and real, but I got that from this interview. Jada is a take no prisoners type of person. I’m not a big fan of hers, I didn’t particularly like her character on Gotham when I watched the show (until about halfway through the season) and in general she makes a lot of statements that I don’t agree with (not in this interview) but she will tell you how it is. There’s something so admirable about that. I’m not even side-eyeing her thoughts about Will. Whatever they have going on seems to work for them.

Look at how tall Willow is here! It’s the shoes but still.
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  1. QQ says:

    Love both looks she’s doing in these pics!

  2. LadyKarinsky says:

    Is “cinematography” slang for “penis”?

  3. jugstorecowboy says:

    I am eager to see how they will top Ginuwine!

  4. Sabrine says:

    I’m sure Willow is very happy she is not as tiny as her Mom! She probably gets some of her height from Will. She is really a pretty girl. I loved Jada’s comments about marriage. I agree that marriage should not be a form of control or judgement. My husband travels to conventions for his hobby and when he comes back he’s so happy from gassing with all his like minded friends. I have gone on trips with a couple of friends and we had a blast. Everybody’s happy. Retaining your own identity and being your own person is very important.

  5. BengalCat2000 says:

    The last conversation I had with my dad was an argument over money. It took me years to forgive myself. I love what she said about Tupac. It actually gives me comfort!

  6. minx says:

    She’s his beard, right?

  7. kai says:

    Non-native speaker here: What does “take no prisoner” mean? I never understood that phrase. (I know I could just ask Google, but you’re nicer! :-)

    • Jag says:

      In my opinion, it means she does things all the way. She really commits to what she’s doing.

      • Timbuktu says:

        It’s a war term. The winning army usually has a choice: they can take those who surrender as prisoners, or they can kill them. If they don’t take prisoners, it means they kill everyone. Figuratively, it means relentless dedication to cause, no half measures, no regard for anyone who stands in the way (in this case, that Jada speaks her mind without worrying about what the readers would think about her more problematic statements).

      • kai says:

        Ah. Thanks! :-)

  8. tracking says:

    She looks stunning in the white dress but the @ss grabbing is a big, gross no.

  9. Ann says:

    Willow is a super cutie!

  10. Jag says:

    She actually sounds real in this interview.

    I dated a guy who went to high school with her. He said that she was a really nice person. It still is hard for me to believe because she has either THE – or one of – the best “resting bitch faces” that I’ve ever seen.

  11. Jen says:

    I’m not sure why everyone has always jumped on her comments of “he has his freedom, as long as he’s OK with himself” as proof that they have an open marriage etc. Maybe they do, who knows, but I’ve always interpreted those comments as he’s a grown man and she’s not his babysitter, she’s his wife-there’s enough respect there that she’s not checking up on him. I actually like that. Her comment about not letting disagreements stand in the way of relationships was really eloquent too.

  12. sarah says:

    @JAG She talked about that in the interview. She says she’s working on being more vulnerable because she’s always put on a tough exterior to protect herself growing up on a bad neighbourhood in Baltimore with a father that left and a mother addicted to heroin. Her interview was great. I don’t know how you can listen to it and not come away being charmed by her. Her laugh is adorable.

  13. EN says:

    > I’m not here to be anybody’s watcher. He’s a grown man. I trust that the man that Will is a man of integrity. He’s got all the freedom in the world. As long as Will can look himself in the mirror and be ok, I’m good.

    I like that, this is how I feel too. Your husband/ wife is a person, not property. They are with you because they choose to be with you, out of their free will, not because of any kind of ownership.
    And if they want to leave, they leave, and there is nothing you can do or should do.

  14. Lurker says:

    Every time I see pics of the Smiths, it blows my mind how much Willow looks like her dad. Uncanny. There’s no question who she belongs to!

  15. Yoohoo says:

    Willow is so pretty in that picture!

  16. Asiyah says:

    I like her. She comes off self-righteous at times and that gets on my nerves, but overall I like her. She seems like somebody I’d be friends with.

  17. Marianne says:

    I honestly dont think those comments are confirming that their relationship is open or anything like that. I think shes just trying to say that she trusts him enough to do his own thing without having to be one of those wives/partners etc that check their spouses phones/emails etc.

    But, at the same time I wouldnt be shocked if they were only really together merely for their image (or church’s image).

  18. Lucy2 says:

    Did Howard ask if they are secret Scientologists? Now that’s an answer I’d be interested in hearing!
    I don’t really understand why she feels the need to constantly talk about the intimacies of their relationship, but it doesn’t seem she plans on stopping anytime soon. She and Willow both look lovely in that family photo though.

  19. Pandy says:

    They parted ways because she became a $cientologist.

  20. Me too says:

    Willow seems to be passing her awkward phase. She looks great!