A Minute With: Jada Pinkett Smith as TV's "Hawthorne"

Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:30am EDT
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By Jill Jacobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - She's an actress, director, producer, singer and author, not to mention, she is the mother of "Karate Kid" Jaden Smith.

Jada Pinkett Smith is also the star and executive producer of TV hospital drama, "Hawthorne," which begins its second season on June 22, on cable network TNT. Smith won the 2010 NAACP Image award for best actress in a TV drama for "Hawthorne," in which she plays a strong-willed nurse.

She is also half of one of Tinseltown's most powerful couples, with her husband Will Smith. She spoke to Reuters about "Hawthorne," child stardom and being a role model.

Q: On "Hawthorne" you play headstrong Chief Nursing Officer Christina Hawthorne. Any similarities to Jada Pinkett Smith?

A: "I am definitely passionate and headstrong about the things I believe in and have no problem fighting for them."

Q: How did you research the role?

A: "I shadowed Janet Brooks, a CNO at a local hospital. She's also a consultant on the show. My mom was the head nurse at an inner city women's clinic in Baltimore, so a lot of Christina's attitudes are similar to my mother. My mom also raised me by herself, which parallels my character's relationship with her daughter."

Q: So is Christina modeled after your mom?   Continued...

<p>Actress Jada Pinkett Smith poses at a film premiere in Los Angeles in this September 4, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>