*Jada Pinkett Smith is again praising her relationship with husband Will Smith – this time talking about how “ecstatic” she is over the way he’s “evolved,” and how he’s redefined her definition of “husband.”
“Will, to me, encompasses everything,” the star of Fox’s upcoming “Gotham” told Net-a-Porter’s The Edit. “It’s almost as if calling him ‘my husband’ is too small of a word for what he means in my life — and especially how I feel we, as women, identify the idea of a husband.
“I really had to mature and expand that. I think I had a very stuck idea of what a husband looks like, what a wife should be. Once I broke all of that, a whole new world opened for me and man, oh, man, I got to see him in all his glory. And so that’s what it’s evolved into. And I’m just ecstatic about it.”
The mother-of-two also addressed how she and her husband, who have been married since 1997, cope with all the rumors of their breakup.
“The coping technique is knowing what the truth is – there’s no better technique,” she said. “When you know that what’s going on in your house is so the opposite [of what’s being said], and you also know that when there’s mystery, people fill in the gaps, that’s OK. And then you look back at it and look at how creative people can be, and it’s kind of entertaining. We can laugh because it’s so ridiculous. But I get it. I don’t take it personally.”
Jada discussed how her parenting style to Jaden, 16, and Willow, 13, is the opposite of authoritarian. Will also has son Trey, 21, from a previous relationship.
“I want my kids to be happy and I want them to be themselves,” she said. “I was saying to a friend the other day, ‘Remember, our kids are not us.’ They’re not. Sometimes we’re trying to fix things that happened to us or projecting [onto them], and that’s a terrible, terrible trap.”
Meanwhile, Jada premieres Sept. 22 in Fox’s Batman prequel “Gotham.” She plays villain Fish Mooney, one of the lone new characters in the story of Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Bruce Wayne became Batman.
Below, Jada says women make particularly interesting villains: