Jada Pinkett Smith

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 11, 2009

I really enjoy Jada Pinkett Smith on Hawthorne, her new TV series on TNT. Why did she decide to do TV when she has a film career?
—Doritt London, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

Pinkett’s interest in this series was captured by the fact that the character is a nurse and that the show portrays the struggles of everyday people. "My mother was an RN and a single mother," says the Baltimore native, 37. "Plus, this show is an homage to all the unsung heroes in the hospital, all the everyday men and women who do extraordinary things. In [these hard economic] times, I think people are going to need to access their own superheroes within. I wanted to participate in a show that displayed that."