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Jada Pinkett Smith On Playing "Fish Mooney" In 'Gotham' Season 3: "This Has Been A Dream Come True"

September 12, 2016 - 3:01 pm by Brandon Caldwell

Jada Pinkett Smith talked to VIBE.com in an exclusive interview.

Jada Pinkett Smith has mastered the art of being eternal. When she exits a room, the soon to be 45-year-olds presence is still felt. As a woman, shes tapped into her many powers: role model, activist, spokesperson and one of Hollywoods most stunning beauties. She even has managed to keep fans of FOXs Batman prequel Gotham so worked up that when she was limited to only a few episodes in Season 2 -- they wondered aloud if she would return.

As still shots and teasers from Gothams upcoming third season began rolling out, there was Smiths "Fish Mooney" character front and center. After having escaped Indian Hills with a bunch of other baddies, the best villain from Season 1 is bent on reclaiming what she feels is rightfully hers.

But theres more than just Gotham on her plate. The Set It Off and A Different World actress is once more partnering with Queen Latifah for a buddy comedy (Girls Trip) co-starring Regina Hall -- and helmed by director Malcolm D. Lee. So what do you ask the mother of two of the worlds more expressive kids? Easy, you ask what pushes her to continue to grow.

VIBE: Well, welcome back to doing television. I know a lot of fans were upset that you werent a big part of Season 2 of Gotham. Thankfully youre part of season 3.
Jada-Pinkett Smith: Yeah, thank you!

What was it like returning to the set and handling the new arc that the show runners are going with?
It was really great. The set was as if I never left and I think, everyone is super excited about the possibilities of season 3 and where its looking like where its going. I love the whole arc of "Fish Mooney"; the death, the resurrection and youll see in the first two episodes that she/s got plenty in store for Gotham. I cant spoil too much [Laughs]!

Whats it like slipping back into the skin of that particular character?
I love playing Fish. I think one of the things I love about her is that she wasnt part of the original series but shes been able to collect a lot of fans and people who appreciate her and the series. Ive always loved the comic book world and Ive always wanted to participate in it in some way. So this has been a big dream come true for me.

Just from the design of the costume of Fish now, its blowing my mind. Is Fish a mermaid now? Cause its adding to the idea of a Mad City now!
I think the first two episodes will have a lot of people saying, Oh snap! Well definitely be exceeding peoples expectations and youll see Fishs in it to win it.

Shes never been one to take a loss well, has she? Exactly! [Laughs]
Given her nature, thats kind of been your nature for the last twenty years or so of your career.

Whats it been like reuniting with Queen Latifah knowing its been 20 years since Set It Off?
Twenty years, I know! It was really beautiful to be honest with you. Queen & I have worked behind the scenes where Ill be behind the camera and shes in front and vice versa. And we asked ourselves, why has it been so long since we acted in a movie together? I think in our minds we thought we were working together a lot.

Being on screen together and being on set together, creating with her at that capacity? Thats such a joy for me, you know? Shes one of my dearest friends and I forgot how much I loved being around her like that. It was beautiful and I said, We have to do this more often. Cause I missed our friendship in that capacity. Because having that creative play in regards to a comedy, its a lot different than Set It Off. Youve got Regina Hall there who is ridiculously talented! [Laughs] And Tiffany Haddish who is ridiculous as well. I think people are gonna enjoy this movie.

Its a fun contrast from playing Fish Mooney.
Right, because I did Bad Moms this summer and comedy is a very vulnerable space. Its a muscle I havent exercised in a long time and after I did Bad Moms with those talented women, and then I did Girls Trip, I said, I think I can stay on this comedy trail for a little while.

But its so crazy to think that youve delivered so much for the culture at large. Do you ever look back and say, Ive had a hell of a ride doing this?
Yknow, lately Ive been thinking about my life. Im about to turn 45. Im looking at what Ive done and not just creatively but my life! What Ive been able to experience, not just the great things but also the not so great things in my life. What Ive survived thats what I really look at and see the failures that Ive had, and the loss, and the trauma and how Ive been able to rise from the ashes a million times [Laughs]. You know? That to me, when I look at myself in that way, its what reminds me of who I am. More than the so-called success Ive had to be honest with you.

Its been twenty years now since Pacs been gone too and just looking at the incredible people Ive had in my life. Those whove loved me and Ive had the opportunity to love. And if I were to go today? Ive lived a full life. And theres even more to come between my family, my marriage everything Ive been so blessed to experience. I feel that Ive lived a very full life.

In your dark times though, those moments of doubt - what keeps you going? What keeps you pushing?
Heres the thing Ive learned about pain and dark times. That is just the highest opportunity youve got to find the greatest parts of ourselves. Its not a punishment, its not a curse, its the Highest saying, Theres more in you that I need you to find. Theres more in you that I need you to become. So, thats the thing that has always given me faith. That, that which is higher than me is trying to show me something about myself in this moment. If I stay connected to that, to my God and to that light and I just listen and walk that path then I know, Im going to find what Ive been asked to become.

To make it more simple than that all things pass! Storms come and you know that the sun is right there. So its just having that patience that it will come. That light, that sun. And Ive had the most faith in that and its never, ever failed me. And Ive had some dark days, ones where I didnt know if I was going to make it through. That light shines far brighter far more than it did before that storm came.

You may need to put that on a pillow. Like on Etsy and make it and then lay on it. Then when you wake up, you read it and call it the Jada Pinkett Pillow.
[Laughs] Thats actually a beautiful image, I may have to do that for myself. Get some pillows with some great, inspirational quotes to wake up to every day. Thats a beautiful idea! Thank you for that.


jada pinkett smith on a different world
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Jada Pinkett Smith has been in relationships with August Alsina (2018 - 2019), Grant Hill (1992 - 1995), Wesley Snipes (1990 - 1991) and Tupac Shakur (1986 - 1989).

About

Jada Pinkett Smith is a 48 year old American Actress. Born Jada Koren Pinkett on 18th September, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, she is famous for Carla Purty In The Nutty Professor (1996). in a career that spans 1990present (actress) and 2002present (singer) and 1990present. Her zodiac sign is Virgo.

Jada Pinkett Smith has been in 9 on-screen matchups, including David Schwimmer in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), Don Cheadle in Reign Over Me (2007), Donal Logue in Gotham (2014), Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor (1996) and Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix Revolutions (2003).

Relationship Statistics

TypeTotalLongestAverageShortestMarried1 24 years, 1 month - - Dating4 3 years 1 year, 10 months 6 months, 4 days Total5 24 years, 1 month 6 years, 3 months 6 months, 4 days

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First Name Jada Middle Name Koren Last Name Smith Maiden Name Pinkett Full Name at Birth Jada Koren Pinkett Alternative Name Jada Pinket Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jada Koren Pinkett-Smith Age 48 years Birthday 18th September, 1971 Birthplace Baltimore, Maryland, USA Height 5' 0" (152 cm) Weight 110lbs (50 kg) Build Athletic Eye Color Hazel Hair Color Black Zodiac Sign Virgo Sexuality Straight Religion Christian Ethnicity Multiracial Nationality American High School Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore, Maryland, United States (1989) University University of North Carolina School of The Arts,Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States (Attended But Did Not Graduate) Occupation Text Actress, Singer-Songwriter, And Businesswoman. Occupation Actress Claim to Fame Carla Purty In The Nutty Professor (1996). Music Genre Pop/Rock Year(s) Active 1990present (actress) 2002present (singer), 1990present (actress), 2002present (singer), 1990present Instrument Vocals Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling) Overbrook Entertainment, Inc., ICM Partners Brand Endorsement TV advertisement for the BabyCal campaign. Bust (inches) 34 Cup Size B Waist (inches) 24 Hips (inches) 33 Shoe Size 6 Official Websites www.facebook.com/jada, www.jadapinkettsmith.com/, twitter.com/jadapsmith, www.tumblr.com/tagged/jada-pinkett-smith, http://www.jadapinkettsmith.com, www.nndb.com/people/252/000026174/, http://jadapinkettsmith.com Father Robsol Pinkett Jr. Mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones. Brother Caleeb Pinkett (Half-Brother) (Actor And Writer). Family Member Jaden Smith (Son)., Willow Smith (Daughter). Friend Tupac Shakur, Carrie-Anne Moss

Jada Pinkett Smith (; born September 18, 1971) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, comedienne, screenwriter and businesswoman.

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Early Life and Career Launch on 'A Different World'

Actress Jada Pinkett was born on September 18, 1971, in Baltimore, Maryland. The daughter of contractor Robsol Pinkett Jr. and nurse Adrienne Banfield-Jones, she attended the Baltimore School of the Arts as a teenager, where one of her classmates and friends was the late rap artist Tupac Shakur.

Following cameos in various TV shows, the diminutive actress got her first big break in 1991 with a recurring role on the Cosby Show spinoff,A Different World. Although her character, Lena James, eventually garnered more screen time, A Different World was running on fumes following the loss of several original characters and was canceled after the sixth and final season in 1993.

Early Film Career: 'Menace II Society' to 'Ali'

Pinkett Smith's film career took off with the 1993 movie Menace II Society,leading to featured roles in Jason's Lyric (1994), Set it Off (1996), The Nutty Professor (1996), Scream 2 (1997) and Return to Paradise (1998).She went on to appear in Spike Lee's highly controversial Bamboozled (2000), a satire of racial bias in the television industry, and the following year she joined husband Will Smith in the biopic Ali, in which she played boxing great Muhammad Ali's first wife, Sonji.

Big-Screen Stardom: 'The Matrix' and 'Madagascar'

Pinkett Smith soon became known for her role as human rebel Niobe in the films The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). She voiced the character of Gloria the hippopotamus for Madagascar (2005), returning for its many sequels, before co-starring in the dramasReign Over Me (2007), with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle, andThe Women (2008) with Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes and Debra Messing. Also in 2008, Pinkett Smith made her debut as a director and writer in the independent featureThe Human Contract.

'Bad Moms' and 'Girls Trip'

Largely absent from the big screen following her directing debut, Pinkett Smith returned for a supporting role in Magic Mike XXL (2015) and joined the ensemble cast ofBad Moms (2016). Continuing down the path of R-rated comedies, she featured prominently in the surprise hit Girls Trip (2017), with Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and Regina Hall.

Return to TV: 'Hawthorne' and 'Gotham'

In 2009, Pinkett Smith returned to television as the executive producer and star of Hawthorne, playing the titular chief nursing officer. While she won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Hawthorne failed to distinguish itself as a medical drama and was canceled after three seasons.

Pinkett Smith followed by joining the cast of Gotham, a small-screen Batman origin story. Her gangster character of Fish Mooney, created specifically for the series, featured prominently in Season 1, though the plot twists kept her sidelined until the second half of Season 2.

'Red Table Talk'

In May 2018, Pinkett Smith launched Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch. Sharing hosting duties with mom Adrienne and daughter Willow, the actress said her show would delve into issues that had affected her family, from differing generational viewpoints. "My mother is old school, Willow is new school, and I find myself right in the middle," she said.

Red Table Talk proved to be a headline-grabber thanks toPinkett Smith's willingness to share all kinds of personal information, including her admissions that she had undergone vaginal rejuvenation and that she was once addicted to using sex toys.

Alfonso Ribeiro Refutes Jada Pinkett Smith's Claim They Went On A Date

Jada Pinket Smith's widely popular web-based show Red Table Talks has returned for another inspiring and candid season.

The series' latest episodes sees Jada and her husband Will discuss the origins of their relationship, and how it has evolved over time. Will explained that the day he was destined to meet Jada did not go to plan, and ultimately altered the course of his life."The dude who was gonna introduce me to Jada was with another girl and I was like, 'Who is that?'" he shared. "I went to Different World to meet Jada and met Sheree. And ended up marrying Sheree and having Trey with Sheree. I didn't meet Jada that day," he continued.

Jada made a revelation of her own suggesting that she may have gone a date with Will's Fresh Prince of Bel Air co-star,Alfonso Ribeiro.Ribeiro played the role of Carlton Banks, and according to Jada, was a potential partner for her before Will was. In a tweet featuring a clip for the latest episode of Red Table Talks, Jada wrote, "I believe [Alfonso Ribeiro] and I went on one date. Before I was even on A Different World." Responding to the tweet, Ribiero wrote, "Sorry Jada. Your memory is a little off. We went to lunch with your family when we both guest starred on A Different World the year before you became a regular." Capping off the exchange, Jada jokingly tweeted back, "my fault Alf... I thought it was a date."

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