*Jada Pinkett Smith got the Howard Stern treatment this morning (June 3), visiting the shock jock’s SiriusXM radio show to spill the tea on everything from her open marriage with Will Smith, to not shutting the door completely on her “Gotham” character Fish Mooney.
She also gets really candid about her close friendship with the late Tupac Shakur, whom she’s known since they attended the same high school in Baltimore. Howard asks why they never hooked up, why they would stop talking to each other for stretches of time, and if she got closure with him before his death.
Listen to excerpts below:
Relationship with Tupac Shakur:
Being Married To Will Smith:
Howard said that it must suck when the tabloids write about him with different women. “I’m not the kind of woman that believes a man is not going to be attracted to other women,” Jada countered. “I’m just not that girl. It’s just not realistic. And just because your man is attracted to another woman, does not mean he doesn’t love you. That’s not what it means. And it doesn’t mean he’s going to act on it. If your man can’t really see another woman’s beauty, how the hell is he going to see yours?”
As for Jada — if she wasn’t with Will she said she would have multiple “companions.” And not of the Hollywood variety.
Jada also revealed that Will was offered the part of Neo in “The Matrix.” Though she thought the concept was amazing, he just really didn’t see it and turned the part down.
Still, she decided to audition for the part of Trinity, and while it did not go too well due to a lack of chemistry with Keanu Reeves, her vibe stayed with the Wachowskis and they ended up casting her as Niobe in the second installment.
These days Pinkett Smith is being lauded for her performance as Fish Mooney on “Gotham,” a show that Howard absolutely loves. Yet, her future on the show is in limbo as Jada only signed on for one year.
Robin asked point-blank: “Are you leaving the show?” But Jada was a little coy about it. “I really felt like Fish was in service for that year and to give Penguin something to do.”
Howard thinks that it was left open-ended enough to where she could come back if she wanted to, but all Jada would offer is, “We’ll see what happens.”
“Magic Mike XXL”
Jada told Howard that her role in the sequel to “Magic Mike,” due out in July, was originally meant for a man. Channing Tatum called her and told her that she just popped into his head and they went from there.
Though she was tight-lipped about the details, she described her role as a club owner who had a past with Tatum’s character. If nothing else, she’ll certainly look good in the movie’s attire … or lack thereof.
One thing that surprised her walking onto the set was being attracted to an entire roomful of men (as opposed to when it’s normally just one guy).