From his timeless blockbusters to pure rap, Will Smith is known in the entertainment industry for many things. But aside from the talents he shows off on television, the 54-year-old is also known as one of the friendliest people in Hollywood. Some will shy away from saying that Smith achieved success in the industry at a time when watching a movie led by a black hero was gathering a huge audience.
And besides his first-class acting skills, Smith has his charisma to thank for it. However, his career is not the only one that began thanks to friendship in the industry. Queen Latifah, who is not only the most popular female rapper, but also the first female rapper, once thanked the actor for believing in her when no one else did. Meanwhile, it may surprise you that the link between them is Jada Pinkett-Smith.
How did Will Smith get to know the dynamic duo of Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith?
Rapper Wrath of My Madness first met the actress Collateral when she was only seventeen years old, and she was performing in a club. Jada Pinkett-Smith was in the audience and, unsurprisingly, stayed until the very end to meet with Queen Latifah and tell her how breathtakingly talented she is.
Queen Latifah is the female Will Smith?
— Yello (@YelloDuzzit) November 27, 2022
This meeting will go down in history as the beginning of more than three decades of friendship between Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett. It is not surprising that Will Smith got into the frame through his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, and together with the actress, the actor “In pursuit of Happiness” was also amazed by the talents of Queen Latifah.
Fast forward: the Oscar-winning actor and Jada Pinkett have been happily married for more than twenty-five years, they have three children, and they all call Queen Latifah “Auntie La,” as the rapper told People in an interview in 2017.
How did the Smiths influence Queen Latifah’s career?
At a time when no one believed that a female rapper would draw huge crowds, rapper Wrath of My Madness revealed that Smith supported her. Her first appearance on television was thanks to an actor in pursuit of happiness, who invited her to play a cameo role in the film “The Prince of Beverly Hills”.
I just finished watching that Fresh Prince episode with Queen Latifah and now I really want a movie with her and Will Smith
— Tw*tter Lexus (@_lexmose_) December 15, 2022
The Grammy-winning rapper appeared on Pinkett’s famous Facebook talk show Red Table Talk, and they showed off their amazing 30 years in making connections. In addition to Will Smith and Queen Latifah’s love of words, the current star rapper says, “Every time I do something or want to try something, I mean, Will is kind of [on it].” Pinkett and Queen Latifah starred in the movie “Girls’ Trip”.
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