Actress/Singer/Musician/Bandleader/Philanthropist JADA PINKETT SMITH covers the October 2014 issue of HEALTH!!!
Here are some interview highlights:
What's your secret to having such a good attitude about getting older, especially given the youth-worshipping business you're in?
Because it is what it is! I'm getting older! I've never looked at myself as, like, a beauty. I'm not sore on the eye, but I know there's always going to be somebody more beautiful—always. My grandmother used to say to me, "It's not about what you look like on the outside. It's what you look like on the inside." So she helped me learn at an early age to be well-rounded, to be spiritual, to be compassionate.
And my mom said, "You can do whatever you want with your hair and your clothes." I went to art school, and I could make my hair lime green if I wanted. So there was a certain internal power that grew within me because I didn't have a problem being who I was, no matter what room I was in.
You've been doing a documentary project for CNN about human trafficking in the U.S. You must take that home with you a lot.
Yeah. [Starts crying] You know, when bad things happen to me, and all this stupid crazy stuff people want to say about us, I just think back to all these resilient young girls I have met who have not just survived this but are thriving. This kind of work will be in my life forever.
On Facebook, you urge females to "woman up" and be more supportive.
We're all connected to each other. When women live closely together, their menstrual cycles sync up. And that's something special that women ignore every f-ing day because we're taught to compete with one another, to be afraid of one another.
Have you gotten that female support in Hollywood?
Angelina Jolie and I, we're not friends, but when I called her about my human trafficking endeavors, she went all in. And I really appreciated that because there are not a lot of times that you can call upon people in our business and get serious help. She put me in contact with the people I needed to be in contact with, she sent me books, sent me all the information she had. I'm not saying that Angelina and I are, like, girlfriends and kicking it every day, but when you call another woman who's in a position to lend support to you and she just jumps right in there—that's sisterhood.