Will Smith took a moment to gush over Janet Hubert, the original Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, during a recent interview.
“I think that both of the Aunt Viv’s were really really fantastic,” Smith said during an appearance on BBC’s Radio 1Xtra. “I think when you make a show, any time that you make a change it’s going to be excruciating and painful. I think that Janet Hubert brought a really powerful dignity to the show. I think she’s brilliant. I think as an artist there’s so many things that she does. She sings, she dances, she’s like a really powerful artist. I loved what she brought to the Fresh Prince.”
This just days after Hubert appeared on The Real discussing why she left The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Smith also opened up about his son Jaden’s unconventional style choices as of late.
“Jaden is one hundred percent fearless,” Smith said. “He will do anything. As a parent it’s scary. But he is willing to live and die by his own artistic decisions. He just doesn’t concern himself with what people think.”
Lastly, the Concussion actor candidly discussed his and his wife Jada Pinkett’s decision not to attend this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.
“To me it’s so far not about me. It’s not about us going to a show or not,” Smith said. “For me this is a much bigger social issue. I’m recognizing a pattern of the narrowing of the imagery. The narrowing of tolerance in America. The last 18 months that I’ve been watching the news and experiencing the things that are going on in my country, my concern is that Hollywood is reflecting a regressive trend. Hollywood is supposed to lead. It’s supposed to be the most diverse and the most inclusive. All of the voices of so many different types of people and so many different types of stories. I’m just concerned that I’m seeing Hollywood slipping and making a slide that is a social and political slide that’s happening throughout the country.”