Have Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Ever Acted Together?

Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been the subject of many headlines in recent months, following speculation about their past relationship status. The couple, who are also producers, have been in show business since the ’90s, and both have many popular titles under their belts. Have they ever teamed up on screen?

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are married

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith attend the screening 'Concussion' on November 23, 2015 in Westwood, California.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith attend the screening ‘Concussion’ on November 23, 2015 in Westwood, California. | Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images

As the story goes, Smith and Pinkett Smith met on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Pinkett Smith auditioned for the role of Smith’s character’s love interest. While she didn’t get the part, this sparked a romance, which began after Smith separated from his then-wife, Sheree Zampino.

Smith and Pinkett Smith tied the knot in 1997. They have two children together: Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. Their marriage has been praised as a Hollywood success story. However, they revealed in 2020 that they had separated for a time years earlier, during which Pinkett Smith was involved with singer August Alsina.

Smith is known for films like ‘Suicide Squad’

Smith got his start as a rapper living in Philadelphia. But he became an actor when NBC offered him his own TV series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Smith starred in the sitcom for six seasons. He continued his music career during this time while also earning fame in Hollywood for box-office hits like Bad Boys.

Today, Smith is known for many more popular action films, including the Men in Black franchiseI Am Legend, and DC’s Suicide Squad. He even delved into the world of drama with movies such as Seven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happyness, the latter of which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

Pinkett Smith stars in ‘The Matrix’ franchise

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Pinkett Smith got her start with The Cosby Show spinoff series A Different World. She earned her first film credit for Menace II Society. Like her husband, Pinkett Smith took on an action franchise role, joining The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions as Niobe.

The actor’s more recent films include comedies such as Girls Trip and Bad Moms. Pinkett Smith returned to TV with her own DC property, appearing as Fish in two seasons of the CW series Gotham. In addition to filming The Matrix franchise’s fourth installment, Pinkett Smith hosts a Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk.

Have the Smiths ever acted in a film or TV show together?

Smith and Pinkett Smith work together behind-the-scenes in Hollywood frequently. They’ve produced such films as After EarthAnnie, and The Secret Life of Bees through their production company Overbrook Entertainment. But they’ve rarely worked together as actors.

Overbrook Entertainment’s first film was the 2001 biopic Ali, in which Smith starred as the famous boxer, Muhammad Ali. The role earned him his first Oscar nomination). In the movie, Pinkett Smith portrayed Sonji Roy, Ali’s first wife. Years later, she had an uncredited cameo in Men in Black 3.