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Loop 21 caught up with Smith to talk TV, motherhood and success
There’s no slowing down Jada Pinkett Smith. One day she is on the red carpet posing with her über talented family, next she’s wishing Oprah farewell, then on the set guiding the careers of her children and let’s not forget she stars in her own hit TV show, TNT’s hit medical drama HawthoRNe, which returns tonight with a shocker that is sure to drop your jaw.
Smith stars as Christina Hawthorne, a chief nursing officer, who is forced to juggle the roles and subsequent relationships that are demanded of her as a professional, mother, friend and lover. In it’s third season, the show picks up with Smith’s character pregnant and about to marry her Pinkett Smith's character is not only walking down the aisle pregnant she's also torn between Detective Nick Renata (Marc Anthony) and on-again/off-again love Dr. Tom Wakefield (Michael Vartan). This season Derek Luke ("Antwone Fisher") and Lauren Velez ("New York Undercover") join the cast.
TheLoop21 caught up with Smith to talk about the premiere of the third season of her hit TNT series, HawthoRNe, and just how much she has in common with the show’s character Christina.
TheLoop21: Congratulations on your third season of HawthoRNe! How does it feel?
Jada Pinkett Smith: Oh, it feels good. It really feels good. We’re glad to be back, and I feel like we have an exciting season in store for all the HawthoRNe fans. What should fans be anticipating seeing on the show this season? They should anticipate a highly-charged, dramatic, intense season with a lot of romance and adult issues. It’s going to be a helluva ride!
I told my readers I’d be interviewing you and asked them to send in questions. One of them, Lowery Gibson, asks: Your character is marrying a white doctor this season. Are you concerned about the fans reaction?
No, not at all. I’ve been in a relationship with this particular doctor (Tom Wakefield played by Michael Vartan) for the last two seasons, so I’m not really concerned about that.
Here’s another question from reader Patricia Turnier. What’s the most emotionally challenging part about playing Christina Hawthorne?
Well, this year, the most challenging aspect of the role is the fact that Christina goes through an extreme trauma starting with the first episode. This whole season has actually been very emotional and highly dramatic, so I would say that, overall, it’s been a pretty difficult season to shoot.
Will got to work with Jaden on screen in The Pursuit of Happyness. Would you like to work with Jaden or Willow?
[Chuckles] I do work with them, just in a different capacity. It’s kind of hard for mommy to be on screen at this point. Now that Jaden’s getting a little older, his needs of me are different. There’s definitely a project that he and I have talked about doing together. But first, I just have to make sure that he doesn’t need so much of mommy off screen as well. He’s getting to that point, so I definitely anticipate doing stuff like that with both of them when they’re older.
How do you prioritize doing a TV series? How does it fit into your family’s extremely full schedule?
Everybody has to work around mommy’s schedule when I’m working. Everybody has to stand down, basically. Willow and Jaden can’t really do anything outside of L.A. That’s just how we worked it out.
Do you ever wish you could have your anonymity back?
Oh, I still have my anonymity whenever I want it. I have a great way of disappearing, and I’m able to do things people would never imagine. I’m often not recognized because I’m easy to hide if I change my hairstyle or put on a hat. I disappear very easily. That’s not hard for me to do.
What’s the best thing about being a parent?
The love of a child is different from any other type of love on the planet. And being loved by your children is a love that is immense. I’m always so overwhelmed by how much my children love me. I think the best part of being a parent is feeling the love of a child.
What's one or two pieces of advice that you’ve given your kids about being an actor?
I try to stay out of their way and kind of just let them discover things for themselves. Our job as parents is more to keep other people out of their way, so they’re free to discover what works for them on their own.
What key quality do you believe all successful people share?
Our commitment. I think that’s the key quality. You just have to keep at it. People who enjoy sustained success understand the fact that you have to remain very committed to whatever it is you’re doing, especially in this instant-gratification culture.
The third season of HawthoRNe premieres tonight Tuesday, June 14 at 10/9 p.m. CT on TNT.