She may be Mrs. Will Smith, but Jada Pinkett-Smith isn't content to sit back and spend the Fresh Prince's I, Robot millions. That's because her late granny, who was a social worker, taught her to be an independent woman.
"My grandmother told me, 'Jada educate yourself. Never depend on your looks. You're not a bad-looking girl, but that's not gonna get you through this world. You have to be intelligent, and you have to stand on integrity, ethics and morals,'" the Collateral costar recalls. "But it was less what she said than my observing how she lived her life. She was a strong woman who didn't have to work, but she did because she felt women always have to be economically independent.
"That is what I still do, too," Pinkett-Smith laughs, "even though many people would say, 'Why do you still work?' I need to do that for myself."
In her career, she's taken it upon herself to act as a role model, which is why you don't see heread more