Will Smith has taken himself to the crimson desk to delve into the painful childhood expertise that led to his three-decade feud along with his on-screen aunt.
Will Smith has confessed that childhood trauma triggered his bitter feud along with his former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air co-star Janet Hubert. The 52-year-old made the admission through the newest episode of Red Table Talk, whereas analyzing his current reconciliation with the actress who performed his Aunt Viv for 3 seasons. And, though they have been in a confrontation for almost 30 years, Will confessed that he really “desperately” needed the previous Broadway actress to approve of him.
“Janet was Juilliard trained. Janet can sing. She can dance,” he stated within the Nov. 20 episode of the Facebook Watch present. “She can act. She’s brilliant and she was in the parental figure. So, my little boy desperately needed her approval.”
Red Table Talk is normally co-hosted by Will’s spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, his daughter Willow, and mother-in-law Adrienne Banfield Norris. But this week the dad-of-three took over and sat with scientific psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula to get to the guts of why he fell out with Janet.
Together they watched clips from his HBO Max reunion with the now 64-year-old Broadway actress who left the sitcom in 1993 after simply three seasons. In one snippet, Janet stated of the 21-year-old Will: “He was young. He was out of control in his own way. He had all this power.” While he was cracking jokes throughout filming, the actress admitted, “There was a need for me to have professionalism on the set because I was used to it, especially as a dancer.”
“The misconception of me was that I was haughty, difficult, wanted to be the star of the show,” she added. Ultimately, she left The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as a result of she stated she was supplied “a bad deal.” Janet was changed by actress Daphne Maxwell Reid. Meanwhile she stated she misplaced her home and her popularity. At one level, throughout her confrontation with Will she stated, “I’d been banished and they said it was you who banished me because I didn’t laugh at your jokes.”
While Janet was coping with being handled as an “angry Black woman,” Will advised Dr. Durvasula that the coldness between them on set reminded him of his troublesome childhood.
“My father was violent in my house,” the actor stated of his now deceased dad. “So, a part of the whole creation of Will Smith – the joking, fun, silly – was to make sure my father was entertained enough not to hurt my mother or anybody in the house. So that plucked a childhood space of inadequacy and when someone comes at me like that the little boy is fully in that space. And I would perform and dance and tell jokes. People laughing and people having fun was my defense mechanism.”
“I just notice now in this moment that I fell back into my family dynamic with my television family,” Will advised the physician. “That I was the jokester and I was laughing and I was playing and I needed everybody to be joyful so I could feel safe.” You can see the complete Red Table Talk episode above.