You know the ladies of “Red Table Talk” keep it 100, always!
So, it was no surprise the topic of discussion was alcohol and substance abuse on the Wednesday, July 8, episode on Facebook Watch.
However, what was very surprising and rather shocking was Jada Pinkett Smith’s admission of passing out on a movie set after taking a bad batch of ecstasy.
During the Wednesday episode, the ladies of the ‘Red Table’ opened up about their personal struggles with addiction and substance abuse.
As many fans of the show know, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, Jada’s mother, was a heroin addict for more than two decades during the actress’ childhood, and her mom has been in recovery for 30 years.
Jada herself has been sober for 20 years; however, it was a wild road before that.
The “Girl’s Trip” actress admitted that wine for her was like Kool-Aid, and that she was a hard liquor drinker.
“I could drink almost anybody under the table, especially Will,” the mother of two said.
Adrienne and Willow Smith laughed saying, “Will’s a light weight.”
The more you know!
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Jada’s alcohol abuse disorder began in high school and escalated to shocking levels when she moved out to Los Angeles, California in 1990.
She said she was doing ecstasy, weed and alcohol all together and multiple times a night.
“This is not cocaine, this is not heroin, I wasn’t doing things I thought was addictive, but I would do those three together. That was my cocktail,” Jada reasoned with herself.
She realized she finally had a problem as she was reaching for her third bottle of wine one night, and she quit cold turkey that day.
Jada did admit she’ll have A GLASS of wine from time to time, but nothing like before.
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As for drinking hard liquor… that’s a HAARD PASS for the actress.
“I cannot touch vodka, I cannot touch rum, rum’s another one. No dark liquor,” she said. “I’ll never forget, I was in New Orleans with Will. They had these lavender vodka drinks. WOOO! I’m like I haven’t had vodka in years. I had that lavender vodka drink. I had a second one and I was craving for a third one. I haven’t stopped thinking about that drink ‘til this day.”
Her mother asked if at any point in her life, the drinking or drug use got in the way of her work and that’s when Jada dropped this shocking truth!
“I had one incident. That was an eye-opening incident for me as well. I had one incident on ‘Nutty Professor,’ I passed out, makeup trailer. I passed out. I went to work high, and it was a bad batch of ecstasy. And I passed out,” she continued.
Jada played Clara Purty in the 1996 film “The Nutty Professor.”
After that terrifying incident Jada said she got her a** together and got on set.
“That was the last time,” she continued.
Looking back on her younger years, Jada said, “I’m a walking miracle.”