Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has started to become more expressive about the attendant pitfalls that come with being a celebrity. In an exclusive Monday’s Red Table Talk clip, the actress got emotional as she opened up about the meaning the show has to her.
She said she started Red Table Talk as only a passion project. While talking to her mom, Adrienne Banfield-Jones and Willow Smith, her daughter, she said she had little or no idea what the audience would be prepared for. All she knew and was sure of was the fact that she was ready and others were also ready for a different type of conversation.
She added that it has come as a blessing that there are a lot of other people out there who are also ready to have another variant of conversation. To her, it’s been a beautiful experience, and she expressed that she now feels like she is a part of a much bigger community because she feels like she’s no longer by herself anymore.
Pinkett Smith got a bit emotional as she tried to explain that the choice she has made about how she wants to lead her life can sometimes get lonely. She shared that the way her life has been is one that can make a person feel all alone and added that The Table had given her freedom and it has continued to give her freedom.
Coping With Depression
Earlier, she also talked about how she made use of ecstasy as a coping method for depression. She talked about her drug abuse in the past during an intense conversation about mental health with Kid Cudi. While talking about addiction and mental health in general, she referred to Mac Miller who lost his life as a result of an accidental overdose earlier in September and how she was able to relate to the struggles he had.
She said when she looked at his circumstances, she felt for him as she knew it easily could have been her. She said she was that same way and when she had depression, she made use of ecstasy. She said she took a lot all because she was in search of peace of mind.
The actress who starred in Girls Trip said she did ecstasy and weed because she desired to get lit. She said she was not making the connection and she was aware that she was on the path to addiction. Pinkett Smith shared the past struggles she had with suicidal thoughts at different points and explained that she now realized that what she was experiencing at that period was a nervous breakdown.
She mentioned that she had reached LA and recorded a considerable level of success at the time and she realized that it was not the answer she needed. She admitted that she discovered it was not what would make everything alright and it worsened the whole situation as she got very suicidal and completely collapsed emotionally.
Cudi Opens Up About Mental Health
She continued by adding that she realized that when a person has no control over his or her own emotions and thoughts, it leads to such a person feeling utterly and completely not in control. She said at the time; she didn’t particularly understand what she was going through.
Cudi also took the time to talk about his own experiences and admitted that talking about mental health was not easy. He said he was extremely good at keeping his troubles hidden and he succeeded in keeping it from his friends. Cudi said hearing people say they had no clue can be quite scary.
Willow agreed to note that accepting help from people who are the closest can sometimes be difficult. She explained that it always makes those people feel like they were not doing their job as your friend.