In her newest role, Jada gives audiences another every day "she-ro" as Christina Hawthorne, Chief Nursing Officer, at Richmond Trinity Hospital. While passionate about helping others Hawthorne finds she may herself need help as she tries balancing the stresses of career and motherhood.
Here's excerpts from an interview conducted with Rachel Cicurel with Oprah.com about the new show, her role, and what she hopes audiences get from the show.
RC: How do you separate being an executive producer of HawthoRNe from being an actress?
JPS: You literally have to just switch hats. You know, when I'm on screen, I listen to the director and I listen to the producers when they have notes for me as an actress. "You've got to try this; you've got to do that." I come off of the set and I go into the video room, and then we have discussions as an executive producer. I go, '"Okay, I feel like we need to move this scene here and there." Literally, you have to take one hat off, and just understand- you have to listen to people and be very aware. It's like okay, if your director comes to you and says, "Jada, I need you to try this emotion in this scene," now I'm an actress taking a note from my director. And so really you just have to have a level of awareness and openness. And, you just have to be very fluid and you just have to know when and where to take and put on those two different hats. That's the best way that I can describe it.
RC: What drew you to this specific medical drama?
JPS: I really loved the project. I loved the script, and I really loved the idea of showing an ensemble of everyday people who do extraordinary things for people that they don't know. And I felt like in these next few years, we are going to, as Americans, reach for our internal heroes to endure the years that are to come, and I really felt like this show could inspire in that way.
RC: Were you able to draw on your mother's nursing history as inspiration for Christina's character?
Jada Pinkett Smith: I pretty much used my mother's über problem-solving skills. She is a woman that's quick on her feet, very organized and very dependable and trustworthy, and so I definitely used those qualities for Christina.
RC: What can we look forward to in HawthoRNe?
JPS: I think HawthoRNe is a really heartfelt show, and I'm hoping that people are looking for a place that they can laugh and cry, because it's a dramedy. So I'm hoping that people will see it as such.
Visit Oprah.com HERE for the full interview. "HawthoRNe" debuts TONIGHT 9/8c so set your DVR! Tell some folk, share this blog post with friends and fam. Here's a sneek peek!