Many celebrities have struggled with addiction. Whether their drug of choice was drugs, alcohol, or some combination thereof, many have stepped up to publicly address the dangers of substance abuse. Girls Trip actress Jada Pinkett Smith has dealt with alcoholism in the past and recently shared her experiences – including one particularly memorable incident on the set of the hit Eddie Murphy film The Nutty Professor.
On the latest episode of Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith sat down with her mother Gammy and daughter Willow Smith to discuss the dangers of alcohol, especially for women. Jada Pinkett Smith admitted to using multiple substances as a young adult; however, she didn’t worry about it until it began to affect her acting career. Apparently the actress had an ‘incident’ on the set of The Nutty Professor back in the '90’s that irrevocably changed her attitude towards drugs. Below is a transcript of the conversation:
Honestly, that sounds really scary. Imagine taking a drug you thought you were used to, only to wake up realizing you had passed out – and at work, no less. At the time, Jada Pinkett Smith was still an up-and-coming actress. One disaster might have ended her career. Luckily, she was able to dust herself off and make it to the set. But how did she explain her fainting spell? The conversation continued:
No judgement here. You gotta do what you gotta do. In any event, the Nutty Professor incident seemed to set Jada Pinkett Smith on the right track. ‘The last time’ she’s referring to is the last time she touched any drugs. Quitting cold turkey isn’t feasible for everyone with an addiction, but Pinkett Smith was able to go down a new path – one that led to fame, fortune, and a gaggle of talented kids.
Actor, singer, and occasional dancer. Likes: fashion, books, old buildings. Dislikes: cilantro, the NJ Turnpike, sneaker wedges.
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