Jada Pinkett Smith
JADA PINKETT SMITH stars as Christina Hawthorne in TNT’s medical drama “Hawthorne.” In the role of Chief Nursing Officer at James River Hospital, Christina is forced to juggle the roles and subsequent relationships that are demanded of her as a professional, mother, friend and love interest. Jada notably serves as Executive Producer on the show through Overbrook Entertainment following her initial foray into the role of Executive Producer on the 2008 movie “The Secret Life of Bees” (based on the bestselling novel by author Sue Monk Kidd).
“The Secret Life of Bees” starring Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning captured hearts and went on to win two NAACP Image Awards along with two People’s Choice Awards. Most recently, Jada produced the global blockbuster “Karate Kid 2” in 2010 starring her son Jaden Smith. Beyond the medium of film and TV, Jada together with her husband Will Smith and record industry mogul Jay-Z, produced the 3 time Tony Award winning musical “Fela’” which went on to premiere in London at the National Theatre in November 2010.
As an actress, Jada is perhaps best known for taking-charge in the hugely successful sequels “Matrix Reloaded” and “Matrix Revolutions.”
In the past Jada has played pivitol roles opposite Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx in Michael Manns “Collateral”as well as alongside Meg Ryan and Annette Bening in the remake of “The Women” from writer-director Diane English. Jada also teamed up with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle in “Reign Over Me” for Columbia Pictures. Jada’s past film work includes voicing the role of Gloria in “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” and later this year which she will return to record the sequel in which her daughter Willow Smith will also be featured.
Jada is an avid writer and her 2005 Children’s book “Girls Hold Up This World” became a New York Times bestseller and continues to inspire girls all across the globe. A native of Maryland, Jada studied dance and acting at the Baltimore School of Arts and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Her big break came when she landed a role on the long-running NBC series “A Different World.”
Pinkett Smith has teamed up in the past to work with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle in Reign Over Me. She also had a pivotal role opposite Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx in Michael Mann’s Collateral. She is perhaps best known as the take-charge Niobe in the hugely successful sequels Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.
Pinkett Smith continually challenges herself in many projects. The Human Contract, which was also produced through her production company, starred Jason Clarke and Paz Vega. Pinkett Smith directed the film and wrote the screenplay, as well as co-starred.
In addition, Pinkett Smith executive produced the 2008 movie The Secret Life of Bees, based on the bestselling novel by author Sue Monk Kidd. She is an avid writer and wrote the bestselling children’s book Girls Hold Up This World, published in 2005.
Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will Smith, also created and executive produced All of Us on The CW.
A native of Maryland, Pinkett Smith studied dance and acting at the Baltimore School of Arts and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Her big break came when she landed a role on the long-running NBC series A Different World.