Jada Pinkett Smith hasn’t touched alcohol in more than 13 years


I’ve mentioned this before, but my new favorite feature at Us Weekly is their “25 Things You Don’t Know About…” piece. I’m not sure how it works, if someone from Us Weekly speaks to the celebrity and just transcribes their list or if the celebrity just emails it in or whatever, but usually the lists are pretty awesome. Elizabeth Taylor even did one! Hers rocked. Anyway, this week’s featured celebrity is Jada Pinkett Smith. Since it’s my new favorite feature, I skimmed Jada’s list and was actually surprised! She sounds kind of… cool. Not as cool as she thinks she is, but still a lot better than she usually comes across. Some fun facts: Jada hasn’t had a drop of alcohol in more than 13 years (WHAT?) and Big Will doesn’t make her list of favorite rappers (SHAME!).

1. I met my husband, Will Smith, when I was 19 and auditioned to be his date on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. They said I was too short to play the part.
2. Four years later, Will asked me to play his girlfriend on the show, but I said no because I thought he was too tall.
3. When I turn 60 and leave the red carpet, I am going to get the tattoo arm sleeve I have always wanted.
4. I won a lip-synching contest in high school performing “Baby I’m a Star” by Prince.
5. I haven’t consumed alcohol in 13-plus years.
6. I finally love being a girl.
7. I find fame to be quite unnatural. Humans are not built for extreme adoration.
8. Jamey Johnson, Sugarland and Toby Keith are my favorite country artists.
9. I love religion and have contemplated going back to school to get a world religion degree.
10. If I had my way, I’d wear jewelry, a great pair of heels and nothing else.
11. First white guy I ever kissed: Michael Vartan…psych!
12. My favorite Latin singer/actor is Marc Anthony.
13. I have three pet red-tail boa constrictors, named Beauty, Logic and Passion.
14. My favorite metal bands are Mastodon, Crowbar and Skindred.
15. I brought home a dog and two cats from the streets of China after filming The Karate Kid.
16. I have over 40 filled journals.
17. I look at how one chooses to live her life as a piece of art.
18. This year, I’m devoted to building wells to provide clean water for villages across Africa through CharityWater.org.
19. The Smith family has already helped build several wells in Ethiopia.
20. I’ve produced a Broadway musical [Fela!]; now I want to perform in one.
21. Carol’s Daughter’s perfume My Life is my new scent.
22. My go-to outfit is a pair of black sweats and crisp white sneaks.
23. I like writing and receiving letters.
24. Our children, Trey [17], Jaden [12] and Willow [9], have taught me the most in life
25. Tupac and Mos Def are my favorite rappers.

[From Us Weekly]

She sounds almost like someone you want to hang with, right? If you can get past the boa constrictors, which I can. I like snakes. I wonder who the first white dude she ever kissed really was? John Travolta? I’m just throwing that name out there because Travolta was the first one I thought of. I’m looking through her credits, and I can’t see any white boys she made out with. Damn, it really might be Michael Vartan!

By the way, do you think she’s an alcoholic? Or did she just stop drinking for health reasons or diet reasons? I wonder. If she’s not an alcoholic, and she just stopped drinking for other reasons, I’d suggest that she give alcohol another try, honestly. There have been so many times when I’ve been reading one her interviews when I wished both she and I could be sipping on something hard.

One more thing: this wig has got to go. It’s TERRIBLE.

43106, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Thursday July 29 2010. Jada Pinkett Smith greets fans as she makes his way to do a taping on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show in LA. Photograph:  Greg Tidwell, PacificCoastNews.com



Jada in Paris on July 27, 2010, and in LA on the 29th. Credit: WENN.

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  1. denise says:

    She may not drink alcohol, but she sure looks like she’s been taking testosterone injections.

  2. Sumodo1 says:

    ..or a sandwich!

  3. meme says:

    Bitchface. What’s with the crappy wigs?

  4. denise says:

    @ meme

    She borrowed them from Will.

  5. Ron says:

    She drinks botox instead!

  6. RHONYC says:

    well, hells bells…that mug is no endorsement to give up those tasty fermented grapes.

    i mean my god, has she seen herself in the mirror?

    is she like tryin’ to morph into the black vicki beckham?

    fail. 🙁

  7. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    Good for her! Seriously I have a lot of respect for anyone who doesn’t drink. My bff was killed by a drunk driver.

  8. TQB says:

    I could get past the snakes, but not the no booze. Lighten up, lady!

  9. Bopa says:

    I’m 31 and have never had a drink of alchohol. This isn’t strange to me. I have friends who have stopped drinking early in life and just don’t drink. Not that drinking isn’t normal to me my dads family owns a Tavern.

  10. Lydia says:

    I have always liked her especially how she chose to treat Will’s first wife and the son (Trey) from that marriage.

  11. Lydia says:

    and her body is bangin’ Need to hit the gym!

  12. Katie says:

    Ever since their association with Tom Cruise became apparent, the Smiths have turned me off. Also, I feel like their kids are being shoved down my throat and it anonoys. I don’t care about movies they are; why would I care about their kids’ careers?

  13. photo jojo says:

    @Katie – totally agreed.

  14. lucy2 says:

    Joking: Maybe a drink now and then would help her face look less…tight.
    Seriously: For whatever reason she decided to do that, good for her for sticking with it, esp. in the Hollywood environment.

    I wouldn’t say fame = extreme adoration, especially in this day & age. Funny, I bet most celebs would though! I do hope they consider that though, and are careful how much fame their young kids are allowed to have.

    I get the feeling they’re secret Scientologists (thanks Tom), but don’t want the public label. But who knows.

  15. Bopa says:

    @ Katie

    I agree they just seem very Hollyweired and the constant protesting about what goes on in their bedroom is annoying. I just hope the kids grow up level headed.

  16. Kaiser says:

    Thanks for that link, All is On! I had never heard that she was an alcoholic.

    So I take back what I said about her drinking.

  17. meme says:

    @katie – same here.

  18. ses says:

    Can Will Smith even be considered a rapper? Always thought it was crazy that she and Tupac were best friends in high school and took totally different paths in life. And music too – is her metal band still performing?

  19. Leticia says:

    I hope that she and her husband are truly in love and that they last forever.

  20. K says:

    Mos Def is amazing.

  21. Trixy says:

    I agree with Lucy…I have long had the feeling they were secret Scientologists, but don’t want the neg. social stigma.

    I think it started back when she spent a lot of time with Tom C. on Collateral. Also, they are so uber-organized about their life goals and world domination-type attitude. Will (and Jada) definitely has that “effusive positivity”/wanting to “help” thing like Tom C.

    (then there’s Marc Anthony reference)

  22. Minge says:

    wtf did she do to her face…wtv it is, i’m sure its worse than alcohol.

  23. Crash2GO2 says:

    Oh, but the wig is supposed to distract us from the recent work she had done on her face!

    Good for her on staying sober.

  24. Kitten says:

    Well at least we know which side of the fence she stands on in the Biggie V. Tupac debate. Mos Def IS incredible, loved him since his Black Star days.
    EDIT: Plus she saved animals-Miss Jada is A-Ok with me!

  25. GatsbyGal says:

    She sounds like a pretty interesting lady, actually. And she likes Mastodon? That’s a big plus in my book.

  26. Lisa says:

    Something like 30% of Americans completely abstain from drinking alcohol. I didn’t drink at all until I was 23, and now at 31, I drink maybe one glass of wine a month.

  27. original kate says:

    that’s a man, man!

  28. belle Epoch says:

    Godawful wig.

    I’m one of those people who thinks she talks WAY too much about their sex life – like she is trying to convince us it’s all that. I can’t help being curious about all those open marriage rumors and gay rumors:


    I think Will Smith is an excellent actor and his public persona is really likeable. And there’s no law that he has to tell us whether or not he is a Scientologist, or whether or not he is gay. But he definitely has a Scientology connection because of that school, and – just my personal opinion, folks – you’d have to be nuts to believe the stuff Scientology says.

    To me this family is just way too far into appearances. With the kids they are taking it to Level Crazy.

  29. serena says:

    That wig-ops- hair is so horrible, it makes her seems like an old lady. Anyway I find her fun to hang out with.

  30. Bopa says:

    August 4th, 2010 at 4:14 pm Well at least we know which side of the fence she stands on in the Biggie V. Tupac debate.



    Jada and 2Pac grew up together. They filmed one of those DIY music videos at a mall booth when they were teenagers. You might be able to find it on youtube. They were close before they became famous seperately.

    Edit: I forgot to add that the 2Pac and Jada video featured them lip synching to DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince in 1986.

    Yes Mosdef is great. Got a chance to see him live in Chicago 2 months ago. He put on a great show.

  31. BETTYEJ says:

    I happen to like Jada and her family. I am glad her kids are acting because they are really good.

  32. margo says:

    Omg I thought she was snookie!!

  33. émer says:

    Her list is sooo boring. *rolling eyes*

  34. Jeri says:

    Do Scientologists drink?

  35. Bunny says:

    Remember when actresses looked like people. Now they are so uber-stylized.

    Look at photos of Bette Davis, she would leave the house in a plain dress and hardly any makeup…class.

  36. Carrie says:

    I’ve always liked the fact that she includes Will’s son Trey as one of “her kids”. Whatever else they may be into, I’ve always thought that both Will and Jada have handled their blended family with a lot of grace.

  37. DDD Cups of Justice says:

    It’s cool that she seems proud of the fact that she doesn’t drink alcohol. I don’t drink either, it’s just never been my thing. Tried it at my 21st birthday party and realized I wasn’t missing much. Plus now even if I wanted to drink my diet wouldn’t allow it…But boy my co-workers give me hell for it at company gatherings. It’s just a lifestyle choice, doesn’t mean ladies who don’t drink aren’t fun!

  38. lucy2 says:

    Now knowing that she had problems with alcohol in the past, I give her even more credit for staying sober so long.

    But totally agree they talk about their bedroom activities way too much.

  39. DD says:

    Over the years I’ve realized I just can’t stand alcohol. I start to feel unwell, queasy, bad taste in my mouth before I even feel tipsy, and the next day my energy is sapped and that’s just from light drinking. Basically all the negative experiences have made me realize alcohol is absolutely not my thing. You don’t have to be an alcoholic to completely decide to give up alcohol. Some people really can’t stomach it.

  40. grumbles says:

    …was that when she quit smiling too…..?

  41. Chris says:

    I haven’t had a drink for about 12 years. I have bad reaction to the ethanol in it. It makes me flushed and sweaty. Apparently that reaction is quite common amongst Asian people too. If you google Asian Flush it talks about it. Apparently it has something to do with an enzyme problem in the liver that makes it hard for the body to process the alcohol.

  42. Missfit says:

    Even before I got pg, I just don’t drink all that much or every weekend. Sometimes my husband is in the mood for a drink or two before bedtime to relax him and he’ll ask me if I want a drink. Sometimes I’ll be like…sure, why not…and then I can’t even finish a small glass of it,lol. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood, like…eh, I just want to go to bed. Before you know it it’s like forever I have had a drink until I have one, so I think spread out is fine (as long as it’s responsibly) or none at all is good too. 😉 Good for her as well.

  43. Trillion says:

    I’m super impressed that she’s in Mastodon cuz they are the absolute business. It’s a shame she can’t just go ahead and just start that sleeve, but that’s just me.

  44. SammyHammy says:

    I’m surprised at all the posts that seem to make fun of her because she does not drink-whether it’s because of alcoholism or just deciding she didn’t want to.

    I love a good drink-having my fav Caffeine-free diet Dr. Pepper with Cherry Rum right now AND I made Jello shots earlier this evening; but if someone chooses to not drink, that doesn’t raise my eyebrows a bit. As long as they aren’t trying to tell me how I should live MY life, good on them.

  45. lisa says:

    Why is it that people with all that money get the worst wigs and jacked up hair extensions (Brittany)..

    The wigs are terrible and her face looks so forced. I can’t find the words. There are no words.

    Will is showing age.. finally. His ears remind me of Andy Griffin.. I was watching TV land so.. :/

  46. notafan says:


  47. mslewis says:

    I haven’t had a drink of alcohol in 40 years!!! And it’s not because I was ever a drunk. I know many people who don’t drink and they are not recovering alcoholics, they just don’t drink. I think the people who do drink alcohol are the strange ones.

    Anyway, I’ve always liked Jada and I think she’s pretty cool. Don’t understand the snark when she is on this site but then, people on here snark about anybody who looks better than them!! HA!!

  48. paranel says:

    She should put ” No to cheap rugsy yarny wigs” on her not to wear list.

  49. Jessica Lowry says:

    Jada, dear,
    Those wigs you wear, are hideous.

    I would let Will do all the acting because you’re not, and never will be, Academy Award material. Your new show is beyond unbearable. People are actually waiting for it to be cancelled.

  50. mm says:

    I wish the new cheeks and the enormous teeth would follow the wig out the door. . .

  51. ding says:

    how about weed?

  52. Persistent Cat says:

    Whatever, I haven’t had a drink since Sunday and you don’t hear me going on about it.

    I love alcohol, I wouldn’t want to live my life if I was told I could never have another glass of wine. I’m only partly exaggerating here.

    The Prince, Baby I’m a Star thing made me smile. We all have our embarrassments.

  53. MoMo says:

    Scientologists are allegedly not supposed to drink or do drugs (goes with that anti-medication philosophy or something).

  54. LoveMeBlack says:

    Ugh who cares if she doesnt drink, she needs to stay away from the botox and exercise. and Now that “the smiths” believe in scientology….I dont care for them.

  55. canadianchick says:

    She seems cool, good for her about being sober. Too bad about the Scientology thing.I tried to get into her nurse show…just awful. I know she’s pals with Cesar Milan, maybe he’ll help rehab her new fuzzy pals and I can watch it on Dog Whisperer. Their dog Luigi is one of Cesar’s rehab pack members who help train little dogs.

  56. Green Is Good says:

    Ugh, lose the horrid wigs. They’re so distracting and FAKE looking.

  57. Johnthing says:

    Isn’t she technically, a midget? That wig looks extremely bad.

  58. lisas l says:

    This just in. Delusion has reached a new level.

  59. Juliebaby says:

    May not have been alcohol, but does anyone remember Jada on Oprah where she sat in jeans the whole show with her legs wide open. She uncomfortably agreed with every single statement that was made. Was just awful.

  60. Ruffian9 says:

    “Whatever, I haven’t had a drink since Sunday and you don’t hear me going on about it”

    Thanks for the chuckle, Persistent Cat.

    As for the alcohol thing; Unless you have a problem with it, who cares? Drink, don’t drink, whatev.