Jada Pinkett-Smith Talks Parenting, Fame, and Drugs with Mom and Willow

The actress launched a web series, Red Table Talks, to spark candid conversations.

Posted: 05/14/2012 11:24 AM EDT
Jada Pinkett-Smith, Willow Smith

The first episode of Jada Pinkett-Smith's new web series Red Table Talks has been released and in it she sits with her mom, Adrienne Banfield Jones, and daughter Willow to talk candidly about good parenting, Adrienne's past drug use and how Willow feels about fame. To spark topics of conversation and promote open communication between them, the three wrote down questions that were then dropped into a bowl for them to pick from as well as a few must-have questions that Jada jotted into her notebook.

"Jada, how do all my efforts to be a better grandmother than I was a mother make you feel? Any resentments?" wrote Jones. She then explained to Willow how she had Jada at a very young age and became addicted to drugs shortly after and until Jada was 18 years old.

"It was a very difficult time for us. Jada did not have the kind of life that you have now," she said. "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. I just feel like during those times, the bad times outweighed the good."

But Jada assured her mother that she held no resentments for her mother's past and instead explained how she turned all those feelings into power.

"I used those things as motivation. The experience that I had with you because you were so young we did a lot of growing up together, I had a lot of freedoms," Jada said. "So I learned the power of freedom. You never once told me that I couldn't do something…We can't be perfect on all levels, but that you were intuitive enough to know who I was, now that's one of the best things that you can give a child and not to get in the way of a being of a person."

Jada then segued into talking about how being a wife and a mother are two 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 be responsible for you and your brothers and your father."

Watch the entire episode here and tell us what you think about Jada's new web series.


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