Jada Pinkett Smith Likes New Name
Apr. 11, 1998
NEW YORK (AP) _ Jada Pinkett created a stir at the Golden Globe Awards by doing something women do all the time _ at least outside Hollywood.
The newlywed bride of Will Smith stunned fans, family and friends with her introduction as Jada Smith.
``I did it for Will,'' she says in the May issue of InStyle magazine. ``It was my cute little introduction to our married life. He didn't know I was doing it. He didn't go to the awards, so he saw it on TV.''
Onscreen, she'll be listed as Jada Pinkett Smith. Her next film is ``Woo,'' which opens in May.
The actress with credits including ``The Nutty Professor'' and ``Set It Off'' says the celebrity marriage to one of Hollywood's hottest young stars doesn't intimidate her.
``I was a star before I was a star,'' she says. ``When I was growing up, Baltimore was mine _ I owned it. Everybody knew me.''