Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Generational Trauma and Addiction with Demi Moore [VIDEO]

*Demi Moore appeared on Monday’s episode of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk,” where she dished about her memoir, “Inside Out,” and struggles with addiction. 

Demi and her daughters Tallulah and Rumer opened up about how their relationship was affected by Moore’s prior drug and alcohol abuse. The actress also shared her experience as the child of a mother who was an addict.

Jada’s mother and co-host, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, previously discussed her own addiction struggles.

“When I read ‘Inside Out,’ that was the part that I really related to, the generational trauma of it all,” Jada told Page Six in a recent interview. “What Demi had experienced in regards to her mother’s addiction and transgressions against her and then how the trauma from her mother and her mother’s addiction and Demi’s addictions affected her girls.”

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Demi Moore
(Credit Michael Becker)

“I have my own healing process that is happening in regards to generational  trauma around addiction,” the host continued. “So, I just felt like that idea of pain passed down from parent to child is something that a lot of people are dealing with that we very rarely talk about. I thought that was a very worthy conversation to have.”

Jada said her mother “read the book from the perspective of an addict.”

“My mother went to the table more in Demi’s position and I was going to the table more so sitting in the seat of Tallulah and Rumer,” Jada shared. “When I read Demi’s book, I was reading it as a child of an addict. My mother read the book from the perspective of an addict.”

Jada’s advice for women dealing with a mother who is an addict is getting to know her childhood and life outside her role as a parent.

“I ask women that I talk to that specifically have issues with their mothers, ‘Do you know anything about her childhood?’ and most of the time, nothing!”

She continued, “I always tell people, start there. Start by asking your mother, ‘Tell me about your childhood. What was your relationship like with my grandfather? What was your relationship like with my grandmother? How did you feel during your childhood? Did you feel emotionally safe?’”

Scroll up and watch the clip above. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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