Although Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett, has had a less successful career in the cinema compared to her husband’s, the truth is that she has also managed to get some relevant roles in Hollywood, one of the most relevant being her interpretation. from ‘Niobe’ in the ‘Matrix’ film saga‘. However, during the film’s audition stage, Will Smith’s wife tried to get the role of ‘Trinity’, the film’s female lead. After various tests and auditions, the actress Carrie-Anne Moss was awarded the role, but she was not the only competition that Jada had, since the famous Mexican actress, Salma Hayek, also tried to get this role.
Hundreds of actresses attended this call and among them was the name of Salma Hayek and Jada Pinkett. And it was precisely the interpreter of ‘Frida Kahlo’ who recalled this anecdote in an interview for ‘Red Table Talk’, the program hosted by Jada Pinkett. Although both tried to get this role, the truth is that neither had the profile that the production of the film was looking for. However, Hayek did not miss the opportunity to praise Pinkett’s great performance in the film’s auditions, stating that she felt embarrassed for not measuring up to Will Smith’s wife. “She was so good it’s embarrassing… she was so fit. She was so focused, she was so disciplined. She was so capable, so kind. And I just looked at this woman and thought, ‘That’s what I want to be when I grow up. It was really impressive”, recalled Salma Hayek.
It all happened more than 20 years ago, in 1999, when the recordings of the movie ‘Matrix’ were beginning, one of the most famous films of the 2000s and the one that ended up catapulting the career of its protagonist, actor Keanu Reeves. Although they already had the protagonist of the story, the actress who would play ‘Trinity’, a skilled hacker inside the Matrix who would be awakened by ‘Morpheus’ (Laurence Fishburne), was still missing. After learning the truth, she would join the fight against the machines, collaborating in the mission to wake up ‘Neo’ (Keanu Reeves), with whom she would later have a torrid romance.
Although it is true that neither could become the protagonist of this iconic film, both became very good friends since then, managing to maintain a very close relationship over the years; That is why they could both be seen very comfortable and happy during the broadcast of Jada’s program. In that same conversation, Hayek took the opportunity to deliver a message to women going through menopause. “There is no expiration date for women (…). We have the right to be loved for who we are, where we are. We are not here just to make babies, we are not just here to care for man, we are not just here to serve everyone around us,” he stated.