Jada Pinkett Smith says she 'passed out' from taking 'bad ecstasy' on Nutty Professor set amid drug & alcohol addiction

Jada Pinkett Smith says she 'passed out' from taking 'bad ecstasy' on Nutty Professor set amid drug & alcohol addiction

JADA Pinkett Smith opened up about the terrifying moment she 'passed out' after taking drugs on the Nutty Professor set.

Jada, 49, opened up to her daughter, Willow Smith, on her Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk about her years of drug and alcohol misuse.

Things got so bad for the actress that she passed out from taking ecstasy while on set of the Eddie Murphy comedy, The Nutty Professor.

"I went to work high, and it was a bad batch of ecstasy, and I passed out," she said on the latest episode of the show.

"And I told everybody that … I must have had old medication in a vitamin bottle."

Her mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, who was also on the show along with Willow, laughed about her excuse.



"But I tell you what I did though," Jada added.

"Got my ass together and got on that set. That was the last time."

"One of the reasons why this particular show was really important to me is because wine, for me, was like Kool-Aid," Jada explained to Willow about why she wanted to talk about addiction on the show.

She realised she had a problem when she was drinking three bottles of wine in one night and then quit cold turkey.

But before that she was able to justify her alcohol misuse because it wasn't hard drugs.

"I was like, this is not cocaine. This is not heroin. I wasn't doing things that I thought was addictive, but I would do those three together. That was my cocktail," Jada said.

"Your threshold becomes so high that what it takes for you to get to the place you need to get to … it'll take me two bottles to get to 'OK, if I do ecstasy, alcohol and weed at the same time, I'm gonna get there faster and I can keep the high going,' because then I can just keep drinking."

She added: "Because I know ecstasy's gonna last me about three, four, five hours. The weed, you know, that's just going to keep me just smooth, and then the alcohol's gonna keep it going. I can just keep taking drink, drink, drink."

The family was discussing the rising numbers of women misusing alcohol with University of Michigan liver disease specialist, Dr Jessica Mellinger.

Her Nutty Professor mishap wasn't the only time her addiction got her into trouble at work, with Jada revealing she "throwing all up over" Debbie Allen while working on A Different World.

Others started point out she had a problem, but Jada revealed she "had to reach my rock bottom" before sorting herself out.

"Literally, I got it quick," she said.

"Once I was going for that third bottle of wine, I said, 'You've got a problem,' and it was cold turkey that day."

While she might enjoy the odd glass of wine here and there, it was a trip to New Orleans, with husband Will Smith where she realised she had to be careful.

"I'll never forget, I was in New Orleans with Will. They had these lavender vodka drinks. Whoo!" Pinkett Smith said.

"I'm like, I haven't had vodka in years. I could try it. Let me tell you. I had that lavender drink. I had one. I had a second one, and I was craving for a third one.

"I haven't stopped thinking about that drink till this day. But that's when I realized, I was like, 'Jada, you can't play no games.'"

It's not the first time Jada has opened up about personal matters on her show.

In July last year, Jada confirmed she had a romantic relationship with rapper August Alsina while she was married to Will.

The actress appeared with her husband, 51, on her Red Table Talk chat show and revealed the couple had decided to split at the time.

She explained the pair had met 27-year-old August, who would have been 23 at the time, through their 22-year-old son Jaden.

She replied: "As time went on I got into a different kind of entanglement with August."

When Will asked what she meant by entanglement his wife told him: "It was a relationship, absolutely."

Jada refused to call the relationship a "transgression," revealing she "learned so much" about herself during that time but said "it was a little weird" it was coming out now as August had chosen to stop all contact when she reunited with Will.

Will and Jada will celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary this December.

They share children, Jaden, 22, and Willow, and Will has son Trey, 28, from his first marriage.

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