A few weeks ago, Jada Pinkett Smith released the trailer for “Red Table Talk” featuring her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones. The full video has premiered and the Mother’s Day special sees all three having an honest discussion about life, fame, and love.
“Red Table Talk” was created by Jada in hopes that it could be a forum for open and candid conversations. In the middle of the table was a bowl of questions for her, her mother, and Willow, and each of them tried their best to answer honestly.
Jada’s mother Adrienne on feeling like she was a bad mother
“Jada did not have the kind of life that you have now. And I was not a good mother in my eyes. And I know that your Mom believes that all experiences good and bad help make you the person that you are today. But I just feel like during those times, the bad times outweighed the good. And thatâ€™s how I see it in my mind. Because I was on drugs until your mom was 17 or 18 years old. Thatâ€™s a long time. All of her formative years.
“[Jada's] always said she doesnâ€™t have any resentments, and I just have a hard time with that because I have been so caught up in my own guilt.”
Jada on the importance of balancing being a mother and wife, and taking care of herself
“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. And Iâ€™m constantly, everyday, trying to figure out that balance. Figuring out how to help you fulfill your dreams, at the same time assisting daddy and his dreams, assisting your brothers and their dreams and then trying to figure out what my dreams are.
“The more happy I am and the more fulfilled I am, it works for the family, and when Iâ€™m not, it doesnâ€™t. I have to be responsible for my own happiness. In order to be responsible for my own happiness, Iâ€™ve got to create new messaging. I look at mothers, and I really feel like thereâ€™s a lot of unhappiness going on, and it’s because of the messaging weâ€™ve gotten. You have a right to be happy, and your happiness is what fuels you from the inside.”
Willow on not wanting to be famous
“If I were to change one thing about my life, it would probably be that I wouldnâ€™t be famous. Because when youâ€™re famous, itâ€™s so hard. Letâ€™s say like a regular girl is going to the bookstore. Itâ€™s ten times harder to go everywhere. But some people are like, â€˜Oh, itâ€™s so easy.â€™ And Iâ€™m like, â€˜As fast as you can get there, itâ€™s going to take me ten more minutes to get there.â€™ …It’s not like I can’t reverse being famous. Sometimes I don’t want to be and sometimes I do because then if there’s a problem in the world then more people would listen to me.”
The clips are just 20 minutes out of an intimate 2 hour conversation the ladies had, but enjoy!