10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jada Pinkett Smith

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Jada Pinkett Smith is an amazing actress best known for memorable roles in A Different World, Menace II Society, The Nutty Professor, The Matrix Reloaded and Set It Off, to name a few. She married rapper and actor Will Smith in 1997 and the couple had two children together who have made a name for themselves with careers in film and music, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. While these are commonly known facts about the actress, we’ve compiled a list of interesting things you might not know.

1. Jada met her husband, Will Smith, when she was 19 and auditioned to be his date on an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. They said she was too short to play the part.

2. Four years later, Will asked Jada to play his girlfriend on the show, but she said no because she thought he was too tall.

3. Jada has always wanted to get a tattoo arm sleeve, but says she will wait until she retires to get it.

4. Jada won a lip-syncing contest in high school performing “Baby I’m a Star” by Prince.

5. Jada hasn’t consumed alcohol in 13-plus years.

6. Jada finally loves being a girl.

7. Jada finds fame to be quite unnatural. She believes humans are not built for extreme adoration.

8. Jamey Johnson, Sugarland and Toby Keith are Jada’s favorite country artists.

9. Jada loves religion and has contemplated going back to school to get a world religion degree.

10. If Jada had her way, she’d wear jewelry, a great pair of heels and nothing else.