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Jada Pinkett Smith talks about the third season of her hit TNT series, “HawthoRNe,” and about the challenge of handling the title role of Christina.

Kam Williams | 6/29/2011, 12:14 p.m.
Jada Pinkett Smith stars in TNT’s series “HawthoRNe.” TNT

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Jada Pinkett Smith stars in TNT’s series “HawthoRNe.”

Jada Pinkett Smith talks about the third season of her hit TNT series, “HawthoRNe,” and about the challenge of handling the title role of Christina.

Jada Pinkett Smith stars as Christina Hawthorne in TNT’s medical drama “HawthoRNe.” In the role of chief nursing officer at James River Hospital, Christina is forced to juggle the roles and subsequent relationships that are demanded of her as a professional, mother, friend and love interest.

Pinkett Smith notably serves as executive producer on the show through Overbrook Entertainment following her initial foray into the role of executive producer of the “The Secret Life of Bees” starring Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning.

The film captured hearts and went on to win two NAACP Image Awards along with two People’s Choice Awards. More recently, Pinkett Smith produced the global blockbuster “The Karate Kid” starring her son Jaden. Beyond the medium of film and TV, Pinkett Smith, her husband Will Smith and record industry mogul Jay-Z produced the three-time Tony Award-winning musical “Fela!” which went on to enjoy a run in London at the National Theatre.

As an actress, Pinkett Smith is perhaps best known for taking-charge in the hugely successful sequels “Matrix Reloaded” and “Matrix Revolutions.” In addition, she has played pivotal roles opposite Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx in Michael Mann’s “Collateral,” as well as alongside Meg Ryan and Annette Bening in the remake of “The Women.”

She also teamed up with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle in “Reign Over Me,” and her voiceover work includes the role of Gloria in “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.” Later this year, she will return in the sequel which will also feature her daughter Willow.

Pinkett Smith is an avid writer, and her children’s book “Girls Hold Up This World” became a New York Times bestseller. A native of Maryland, she studied dance and acting at the Baltimore School for the Arts and at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Her big break came when she landed a role on the long-running NBC series “A Different World.”

Here, she talks about the premiere of the third season of her hit TNT series, “HawthoRNe,” and about the challenge of handling the title role of Christina.

Congratulations on your third season of “HawthoRNe!” How does it feel?

Oh, it feels good. It really feels good. We’re glad to be back, and I feel like we have an exciting season in store for all the “HawthoRNe” fans.

What should fans be anticipating seeing on the show this season?

They should anticipate a highly-charged, dramatic, intense season with a lot of romance and adult issues. It’s going to be a helluva ride!

Your character is marrying a white doctor this season. Are you concerned about the fans’ reaction?

No, not at all. I’ve been in a relationship with this particular doctor (Tom Wakefield played by Michael Vartan) for the last two seasons, so I’m not really concerned about that.  

What’s the most emotionally challenging part about playing Christina Hawthorne?