Jada Pinkett-Smith stopped by The Arsenio Hall Show on Friday (Feb. 28), discussing her early life with the host. Explaining what it was like growing up with middle-class grandparents and a young, struggling mother, Smith shared her experiences and how they helped in her career.
“My mother had me at the age of 18 years old. And, you know, our journey together was a little rough, considering drug addiction, youth, just growing up. So I had the best of both worlds with learning how to navigate the good life, and the not-so-good life.”
Hall also asked Smith about her relationship with Tupac Shakur, with whom she shared a loving companionship. The actress related the late rapper’s sentiments towards her to that of a father.
“Pac was probably one of the first male figures that I had in my life that saw the beauty and the talent and my intelligence, separated from sex. That’s something that a young girl usually gets from the is father; I didn’t have that. ‘Pac was the first one that it was about sex. It was about ‘You, you’re a beautiful woman, you’re talented, you’re strong, I respect you. And you are my girl. You’re gon’ sit right here, and I’ma protect you.'”
Smith is set to star in the upcoming Batman prequel series on Fox entitled Gotham this fall.