While ‘aging’ often seems like a dirty word in Hollywood, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall say they’re proud of getting older.
Hall and Pinkett Smith star alongside Tiffany Haddish and Queen Latifah in their new comedy “Girls Trip.” The film follows four lifelong friends on a trip to New Orleans, where they rekindle their sisterhood.
“What was great about this cast was that there was a genuine sisterhood, and you could see it on set,” producer Will Packer told Hot Topics host Heather Catlin. “And sometimes, you can see on a film when the interactions and the chemistry isn’t as organic, but when it’s really real, that comes across too.”
Pinkett Smith said she relates to the characters’ journeys in this film as she embraces getting older.
“Every day I feel like I’m peeling back layers of authenticity and finding my true self,” said Pinkett Smith. “You know, so I just realized as I get older, I’m not trying to get anywhere, I’m just trying to enjoy the process.”
Hall agreed, saying she has evolved over the years.
“When I was 30, I was like, ‘Oh I know it now.’ Well, I thought I knew it at 20,” said Hall. “And now at 31, I definitely feel […] it’s a constant daily […] unpeeling of layers and layers and layers to kind of un-know what you thought you knew.”
“That’s the thing about turning 40. Do you know what a mid-life crisis is?” said Pinkett Smith. “Everything you thought was true isn’t, and everything you thought wasn’t true is. And that’s the crisis.”
The stars of “Girls Trip” say their experience filming was very much a girls trip of its own.
“For me, it was the ladies. I mean, the experience of making the movie was the best,” said Hall.
Packer said he was drawn to the film because it focused on an underrepresented demographic in Hollywood.
“We haven’t seen characters that are played by actresses that are […] going out and feeling truly empowered and with true complexity that women actually have,” said Packer. “Everything from the ratchet to the pious, and we’ve got all of that and in between, and that’s how real women are.”
“Girls Trip” hits theaters everywhere July 21.