This is Jada Pinkett Smith, an American icon blessed with myriad gifts and dynamic talents. Best known as a dancer, singer-songwriter, and actress, she is widely revered for being the wife of the popular black American actor and comedian, Will Smith. Their family is one of the most admired in the entertainment industry, as many wonder how they have been able to hold it together for so long. Besides her strength in holding on to her marriage to Will Smith, Jada has equally raised very successful kids who are way ahead of their peers in the entertainment industry.
Jada Pinkett Smith Bio (Age)
Mrs. Smith was born Jada Koren Pinkett on September 18, 1971, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and was named after her mother’s favorite soap opera actress, Jada Rowland. Growing up in Baltimore, Jada attended the Baltimore School for the Arts where she majored in dance and theatre and graduated in 1989. She then furthered her education at the North Carolina School of the Arts, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her career in acting.
Jada began acting in 1990 when she starred in an episode of True Colors, before appearing in a television pilot for a drama titled Moe’s World that was never aired. After this, the starlet received guest roles in television shows such as Doogie Howser, M.D. (1991) and 21 Jump Street (1991), and earned a role on comedian Bill Cosby’s NBC television sitcom, A Different World in 1991, as a college freshman Lena James.
In 1993, she landed her first film role – Menace II Society – and in 1994, she acted with Keenen Ivory Wayans in the action film, A Low Down Dirty Shame. Following a role in Demon Knight (1995), Jada co-starred with actor and comedian Eddie Murphy in the 1996 sci-fi movie, The Nutty Professor. Next, she had a role in Set It Off (1996) with Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise.
In 1997, she had a cameo role in Scream 2 as Maureen Evans, a college student who is brutally murdered in front of hundreds of cinemagoers. The year 2000 saw Pinkett cast in Spike Lee’s film Bamboozled (2000), as Sloan Hopkins. The movie won the Freedom of Expression Award from the National Board of Review.
In 2002, Jada Smith formed the metal band, Wicked Wisdom under the stage name Jada Koren with Pocket Honore, Cameron Graves, and Rio as band members. She then worked with human rebel Niobe in the films, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), sequels to 1999’s The Matrix. It was said that the character was written specifically with Pinkett Smith in mind.
Jada was the voice of Gloria the hippopotamus in the popular 2005 animated comedy film Madagascar and its sequels Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) and Madagascar III: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012).
In 2008, she showed more of her creative skills and talent as a film director with her directional debut in the independent drama film The Human Contract. The movie – which she also wrote and acted in – starred Paz Vega and Idris Elba, and debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May of the same year.
In January 2009, Jada Pinkett Smith started working on the TNT medical drama, Hawthorne, in which she was executive producer and a starring cast member. She then received nominations for the NAACP Image Award and the Prism Award following her performance in the TV show.
In the spring of 2012, Jada launched a web series titled Red Table Talk featuring her daughter and her mother, in order to encourage dialogue within families. In 2013, the movie actress then appeared in a video clip for Gucci’s “Chime for Change” campaign with the aim of raising funds and awareness for women’s issues globally.
When 2014 came around, the seasoned actress starred in the first season of Fox’s crime drama Gotham as Gotham City gangster Fish Mooney. Two years later, in 2016, she reprised her role as Mooney in many episodes of Gotham’s second and third seasons. In the same year, the singer turned actress had a supporting role as Stacy in the comedy film Bad Moms. She later featured as Lisa Cooper in the 2017 comedy film Girls Trip.
As of 2018, the movie star and wife of Will Smith hosts a Facebook Watch talk show, Red Table Talk which is based on her 2012 web series. The show which features her mom and her daughter focuses on a wide range of topics.
Jada Pinkett Smith is a black American of Jamaican descent on her mother’s side and African American descent on her father’s side. The name of her parents is Adrienne Banfield-Jones and Robsol Pinkett, Jr.
When Banfield-Jones became pregnant in high school, the couple married; but divorced after several months.
Banfield-Jones raised Pinkett with the help of her own mother, Marion Martin Banfield; who noticed her granddaughter’s passion for the performing arts and enrolled her in piano, tap dance, and ballet lessons. Jada isn’t an only child; she has a brother whose name is Caleeb Pinkett, an actor like herself.
Husband and Kids
Jada Pinkett Smith’s husband is the popular Hollywood actor and musician, Will Smith. The couple met in 1994 when Jada auditioned for the role of the character’s girlfriend, Lisa Wilkes on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Though Jada was considered too short for the role (with the role given to Nia Long), a real-life romance ensued and the couple began dating in 1995. They got married two years later on December 31, 1997, at Baltimore’s Cloisters Mansion with about 100 guests in attendance. They have since become one of Hollywood’s hot power couples.
Jada has two children with Will Smith; Jaden Smith (son: b. 1998) and Willow Smith (daughter: b. 2000). Their children have also found their way into stardom with Jaden becoming a rapper, singer/songwriter, and actor, while Willow is a dancer, singer, and actress. Pinkett Smith is also the stepmother of Trey Smith, Will’s son from a previous marriage to Sheree Zampino.
Jada Pinkett Smith Height
Jada Pinkett Smith is not quite tall, she is 4 feet 11 inches (1.52m) tall and she weighs 49kg or 108 lbs. Her disadvantaged height is made more obvious when compared to that of her husband Will who stands at 6 feet 2 inches tall.