Jada Pinkett-Smith dazzled viewers in her role as Eddie Murphy’s love interest in “The Nutty Professor.”
But Pinkett-Smith says behind the scenes, there was much ado about her wig.
She hated it.
“This was rough, because the woman who made this wig, she missed the mark,” she said during a recent episode of her Facebook Watch show, “The Red Table Talk.”
“She didn’t believe me,” Pinkett-Smith explained. “She thought the roots should be, not smoothed, but the hair should be straight. She was like, ‘Well, you know, usually for Black women, you don’t have straightened roots.’ And I said, ‘Oh no, we do. We either straighten it with a hot comb or we perm it,'” the clueless stylist continued to dismiss her suggestions.
“But she didn’t believe me,” Pinkett-Smith continued. “So, she made it with roots that weren’t straight but the hair was… And I fought, and I fought and I fought.”
The Hollywood actress said that from then on, she had her own stylist with her to ensure that her hair needs were being met.
During the episode, she also rejoiced over hitting 50 this Saturday.
“I just feel like, women taking back our power, in any form that you need to, to be done with the convincing,” she said. “That you’re smart enough, that you’re pretty enough, to convincing people that you’re worthy.”
The actress said that the last four years have been crucial for her “coming to the self” and “having acceptance for the self.” She added, “To come to that place of really grounding myself in that understanding… that’s been the most beautiful part of almost turning 50.”
In a video shared to Instagram, she revealed that water is the key to her youthful looks. “Water is so essential,” she said. “I don’t drink soda. I don’t drink a ton of juice or a lot of alcohol — I may have a glass of wine three times a year.”