Aside from her work as an actress, singer and businesswoman, Jada Pinkett-Smith is also a mother, and in the spirit of Mother’s Day she’s launched a web series featuring discussions between herself, her mother Adrienne and daughter Willow. The series is called “Red Table Talks” and aims to show and encourage open dialogue between families.
The first 40-minute episode begins quite dramatically, with Adrienne asking Jada if she feels any resentment toward her. Adrienne explained to Willow, “Jada did not have the kind of life that you have now. And I was not a good mother in my eyes. Because I was on drugs until your Mom was 17 or 18 years old. That’s a long time. I have been clean for 22 years and I went into therapy [...] I have been so caught up in my own guilt for years.”
Willow went on to ask Jada how hard it is being a mother and wife. Jada explained, “I’ve learned that my life is full of much paradox. So being a wife and a mother is probably one of the most extraordinary experiences and the most fulfilling experiences in my life. But at the same time, it has been very difficult to balance, being able to do the things that I want to do and have the freedoms that I want to have, and also being responsible for your brothers and your father. So every day when I wake up in the morning and I go into meditation and I ask for guidance. I get focused.”
Willow then talks about the negative sides of fame saying, “If I were to change one thing about my life, it would probably be that I wouldn’t be famous. Because when you’re famous, it’s so hard.” However, she went to say that a plus side of fame is that she gets to have a louder voice.
Check out the episode below.