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10+ Random Things About Will Smith Fans Didn't Know

Will Smith has been charming his way into our hearts ever since he first starred on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

It's hard to believe it's been decades still then since then since a) he looks the exact same and b) those memories still feel so fresh (get it?).

Curious to learn more about this star? Keep reading!

1. He was married when he met his current wife, Jada:

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Before Will was basically the epitome of #couplegoals with Jada Pinkett Smith, the actor was married to Sheree Zampino.

They even had a son named Trey in 1992, the same year that they got married.

2. His real name is actually Willard:

I don't know about you, but my mind is blown.

After all of these years, most of us thought that Will was short for William! Trey, was actually named after him: Willard Carroll Smith III.

3. After Will met Jada, his relationship with Trey struggled for a while:

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"We STRUGGLED FOR YEARS after my Divorce from his Mother," Smith wrote on Instagram.

"He felt betrayed & abandoned. It is a Wild Blessing to recover & restore a Loving Relationship with My Beautiful Son!"

4. Will first met Jada when she auditioned for *The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air*:


While she didn't get the role, (it went to Nia Long), she did get to start a friendship with Will.

Nothing romantic could happen, though, until he was divorced from his first wife.

“I literally walked right out [from signing the divorce papers and] I called Jada,” Will said with a laugh on *Red Table Talk*.

“I said ‘Hey Jada, what’s up? It’s Will,'" he said. It was fate!

"She said ‘Hey, you doing?’ I said, ‘Good, are you seeing anybody?’ She said, ‘Uh, no,’ and I said ‘Cool, you’re seeing me now.’”

Jada laughed and said, “And my dumb [expletive] was like, ‘Okay.’”


5. His breakout role was on *The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air*:


He got started on the sitcom in 1990.

Thanks to his crazy likeability, he became an instant success and went on to star in Bad Boys in 1995, followed by Independence Day.

6. He always knew that he wanted to be a father:

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He has three kids: Jaden, Willow, and Trey.

"From the time I was 6 years old, I wanted to be a father," he said on Red Table Talk.

"I loved how my family was, but there were massive critical deficiencies in my father's parenting that I wanted to correct," Will said.

7. His record came out when he was still in high school:

In case you didn't know, the actor once had a music career, with songs like "Miami" and "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."

"It doesn't get too much better than that," he told Esquire about his first record coming out when he was just 17.

8. He once went too far with a character:

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This was in the movie, Six Degrees of Separation.

He said that his character was in love with Stockard Channing's character, but he actually fell in love with Channing. He told Esquire all about it.

"So the movie was over and I went home, and I was dying to see Stockard. I was like, "Oh no! What have I done?"

"That was my last experience with Method acting, where you're reprogramming your mind. You're actually playing around with your psychology. It is a really dangerous place when you get good at it."

9. He turned down a role in *Django Unchained*:

He probably regrets leaving the Oscar-nominated film.

“Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” he told Entertainment Weekly.

10. He got the nickname "Fresh Prince" from one of his teachers:

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The actor told Interview magazine that one of his teachers used to call him "Prince," since he was always charming himself in and out of different situations.

"And I just added the Fresh to give it extra pizzazz."

11. He and Jada once split up:

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While the timeline of this was pretty messy, even messier was the fact that Jada had a romantic "entanglement" during their separation.

It was later revealed that this was with a family friend, August Alsina.

"It was a relationship," she said on her episode of *Red Table Talk*.

"I was very broken. In the process of that relationship I definitely realized you can't find happiness outside of yourself. And luckily enough, you and I were also going through a process of healing in a much different manner. "

12. Starring as the Genie in *Aladdin* reignited his love for acting:

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“I can honestly say this was the most fun I had making a movie, and one of the greatest experiences of my professional career,” he said at the film's premiere.

"I’ve made some good movies and some questionable ones," he continued, whispering *Wild Wild West*.

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"But this one is so special. I took a couple of years off, and Aladdin really helped me find meaning again in my heart and soul for performing.”

13. He almost passed on the Genie role in *Aladdin*:

The actor felt too "nervous and deeply intimidated” to follow the late Robin Williams.

“When I got the call to play Genie, my first reaction was, ‘Uhhh? I’m not sure about this, only because Robin Williams did such a brilliant job.'"

In the end, it was his son, Jaden, who got him to reconsider.

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“I discovered that Robin infused all of his stand-up comedy personality into Genie—and for me, the old-school hip-hop angle was my tool to make him my own,” said Smith.