Why Jada Pinkett Smith almost quit acting

Jada Pinkett Smith visits the ‘Today’ show at Rockefeller Plaza.
(Photo by Doug Meszler / Splash News)

Jada Pinkett Smith spoke about why she almost quit acting.

The 47-year-old actress admits that while she was always sure that she wanted to pursue a Hollywood career as a child, she lost her “desire” for acting after a while, and seriously considered walking away in order to go back to school and study psychology.

Speaking at the Sundance Film Festival she said, “There were no questions in my early years. Maybe later on. I kind of lost my desire to be in this industry for a lot of different reasons, and I was actually thinking about going back to school for psychology.”

The Girls Trip star ultimately decided to stick to her acting career because she’d already come so far, but took a short break in order to wait until she felt “motivated” enough to take on another movie.

She added: “I was like, you’ve been doing this a long time, girl. Just sit back. I just had to wait until I was motivated again. I had to wait until something came along and sparked me because I had just lost the desire to be in this game.”

It isn’t the first time Smith has voiced her battles with her career, as on an episode of her Facebook Watch show “Red Table Talk” last year, she revealed she had a “complete emotional collapse” after she reached “a certain amount of success.”

She said: “I had gotten to LA and gotten a certain amount of success and realized that that wasn’t the answer. It wasn’t what was going to make everything OK. [It] actually made this worse. I was extremely suicidal, I had a complete emotional collapse.”

“It’s like when you just don’t have control over emotions, your thoughts, you feel completely and utterly out of control. I don’t even think at that particular time I understood what I was going through.”



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