Jada Pinkett Smith Looks Flawless In ‘American Way’ Magazine’s August Issue

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On turning down a role on NBC’s “Blossom“: “I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’ll die in this role,’ ” she remembers. “Let me tell you,” she says. “People in this industry were like, ‘Are you frigging kidding? This little nobody is saying no to a hit TV show? How dare she?!’ ” She was told she’d never get work again, but two weeks later, she did well at an audition for A Different World, the spinoff of The Cosby Show, and became a series regular. “That’s when I learned you wait when you feel something’s not right for you. You wait to take the shot. It was at a time when young and black was very hot in Hollywood. Doors were opening the way they’d never been open before.”

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