Jada Pinkett Smith Dishes on Playing Powerful Female Roles

Jada Pinkett Smith Dishes on Playing Powerful Female Roles

The actress says she doesn't know how to play weaker characters.

Published June 17, 2015

Jada Pinkett Smith is glamming it up for the latest issue of Haute Living. The actress is the cover star for the magazine’s June/July 2015 issue and giving us sultry poses that have us wondering: what on Earth is she eating to continue looking so amazing?

In her cover story, Pinkett Smith chatted about her propensity to take on strong female characters and why it’s hard for her to play more vulnerable roles.

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"People tell me that I always play strong women,” she said. “In all honesty that is probably where I am restricted in my creative pursuits. I have no idea how not to be strong, and I don’t know if I have the desire to. I tend to gravitate towards strength energy lines.”

Pinkett Smith also shared her thoughts on how women could empower themselves and to her, it all boils down to having the guts to trust yourself.

“There is no one way to do it! A woman needs to be deeply connected to herself and her family, and has got to trust herself. It’s about staying present and adjusting the formula, which comes in a million forms,” she said. “Trust takes courage — happiness takes courage; it’s not easy! Women need courage to be able to step out of the box and be who they are meant to be.”

It’s no surprise that the 43-year-old star mentions family as one of her anchors in life as she’s constantly shelling out advice on parenting and marriage in her interviews and personally over social media.

“My family is my priority. If my family is stable and everyone has what they need, then I look at a way to fit in a creative endeavor,” she said. “My kids are becoming older and there is less of a need for me to remain stationary. I really look at what is happening [in my family] and stay present — the formula is always shifting.”

As for her views on fashion, Pinkett Smith isn’t scared to change up her look completely whenever she feels like going for a different vibe.

“Man — if I had to be honest about hair styles and fashion, I would say I use it differently than everyone else does,” she said. “For me it is an expression of the different personalities of Jada — how I am feeling at the moment. I tend to be that girl — [for instance] I may want to look like a punk rocker and use my hair and clothing to express that.”


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(Photo: Don Flood for Haute Living Magazine, June/July 2015)

Written by Dorkys Ramos

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