Jada Pinkett Smith stars as James River Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer Christina Hawthorne in TNT’s hit medical drama series “HawthoRNe.” Jada Pinkett Smith stars as James River Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer Christina Hawthorne in TNT’s hit medical drama series “HawthoRNe.” The show’s executive producer, here she talks about the premiere of the third season and about the challenge of handling the title role.
Kam Williams: Hi, Jada, thanks for another opportunity to speak with you.
Jada Pinkett Smith: Hey, Kam. How are you?
KW: I’m fine. Congratulations on your third season of “HawthoRNe!” How does it feel?
| Jada Pinkett Smith walks the aisle toward marriage as RN Christina Hawthorne in this year’s third season of “HawthoRNe.” (Courtesy photo)|
KW: What should fans be anticipating seeing on the show this season?
JPS: They should anticipate a highly-charged, dramatic, intense season with a lot of romance and adult issues. It’s going to be a helluva ride!
KW: I told my readers I’d be interviewing you and asked them to send in questions. One of them, Lowery Gibson, says: “Your character is marrying a white doctor this season. Are you concerned about the fans reaction?”
JPS: No, not at all. I’ve been in a relationship with this particular doctor (Tom Wakefield played by Michael Vartan) for the last two seasons, so I’m not really concerned about that.
KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier asks: “What’s the most emotionally challenging part about playing Christina Hawthorne?”
JPS: Well, this year, the most challenging aspect of the role is the fact that Christina goes through an extreme trauma starting with the first episode. This whole season has actually been very emotional and highly dramatic, so I would say that. Overall, it’s been a pretty difficult season to shoot.
KW: Judyth Piazza asks: “What key quality do you believe all successful people share?”
JPS: Our commitment. I think that’s the key quality. You just have to keep at it. People who enjoy sustained success understand the fact that you have to remain very committed to whatever it is you’re doing, especially in this instant-gratification culture.
KW: Judyth has a follow-up: “What has been the most important moment of your life?”
JPS: I’d have to say the birth of my children.
KW: Harriet Pakula Teweles says: “Will (Smith, her husband) got to work with Jaden (her son) on screen in “The Pursuit of Happyness.” She asks: Would you like to work with Jaden or Willow (her daughter)?
JPS: (Chuckles) I do work with them, just in a different capacity. It’s kind of hard for mommy to be on screen at this point. Now that Jaden’s getting a little older, his needs of me are different. There’s definitely a project that he and I have talked about doing together. But first, I just have to make sure that he doesn’t need so much of mommy off screen as well. He’s getting to that point, so I definitely anticipate doing stuff like that with both of them when they’re older.
KW: Harriet was also wondering whether you worry about the effect of celebrity on your kids, given the trouble so many child stars have handling fame.
JPS: No, this is part of their lives. They’ve been members of a very high-profile family since they were born. That’s just what it is.
KW: Harriet’s follow-up is: “How do you prioritize doing a TV series? How does it fit into your family’s extremely full schedule?”
JPS: Everybody has to work around mommy’s schedule when I’m working. Everybody has to stand down, basically. Willow and Jaden can’t really do anything outside of L.A. That’s just how we worked it out.
KW: Do you ever wish you could have your anonymity back?
JPS: Oh, I still have my anonymity whenever I want it. I have a great way of disappearing, and I’m able to do things people would never imagine. I’m often not recognized because I’m easy to hide if I change my hairstyle or put on a hat. I disappear very easily. That’s not hard for me to do.
KW: The Taboo: “What’s the best thing about being a parent?”
JPS: The love of a child is different from any other type of love on the planet. And being loved by your children is a love that is immense. I’m always so overwhelmed by how much my children love me. I think the best part of being a parent is feeling the love of a child.
KW: Janice Malone asks: “What’s one or two pieces of advice that you’ve given your kids about being an actor?”
JPS: I try to stay out of their way and kind of just let them discover things for themselves. Our job as parents is more to keep other people out of their way, so they’re free to discover what works for them on their own.
KW: Thanks for another great interview, Jada. And I appreciate you taking a break from your busy shooting schedule on the set to talk with me.
JPS: No problem, Kam, you have a great evening.
(“HawthoRNe” airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. CT.)
(To see a trailer for “HawthoRNe,” visit: http://www.tnt.tv/dramavision/?cid=47859&oid=98851)