The 47-year-old actress welcomed Woods on her Facebook Watch talk show in order to let her tell her side of the story after she kissed Tristan Thompson at a party in February, while he was still in a relationship with Khloe Kardashian, the mother of his 15-month-old daughter True.
But Pinkett Smith has now said it was a tricky subject for her to navigate, because she thinks of Woods “as a daughter,” and didn’t want to come across as biased. “It was a learning experience for me because Jordyn is like a daughter to me. But then I also had to have an objective point of view. I had to be able to see it from every angle. That was tough,” she said.
“I had to not go in and go ‘rah, rah, rah’ – but to go, ‘okay, let’s hear your story, but let’s also have compassion for the other side.” But the Girls Trip star insists Jordyn, 21, was “happy” with the overall outcome of the interview.
“She was happy, so I was happy. You feel me? As long as she felt as though we did right by her, I was happy. That’s it,” Pinkett Smith added while speaking at a screening for the show in London on Thursday, Aug. 1.
Meanwhile, the actress-mom who appears on “Red Table Talk” along with her daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones, previously said she was dubious about letting Woods come on the show at first, but was convinced when her husband Will Smith said it was “supremely important.”
“It actually wasn’t something I wanted to do because it was very close [to home], but as time transpired, Jordyn was just like, ‘I really need you and this platform’ and Will [Smith] felt like it was supremely important. So I was like, okay let’s do it,” she explained.
“I just wanted her to have a platform to tell her story. That’s it. She’s a young, beautiful woman inside and out, and me having been a young girl, we sometimes get in situations that we don’t necessarily know how to handle. … You just [try to] help young girls navigate through life, through difficult situations we’ve all come across.”