Although Will Smith turned down the opportunity to star in The Matrix, his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, was eager to participate in the movie. Although she did not get the role of Trinity, she happily joined the sequels as Niobe. However, if it wasn’t for this one person, she never could have starred in either film.
Jada Pinkett Smith auditioned for the role of Trinity in ‘The Matrix’
When Pinkett Smith auditioned for the role of Trinity in The Matrix, she made a lasting impression on the writers and directors. However, she did not get the part because she and Keanu Reeves lacked chemistry together.
“Keanu and I didn’t, uh, really click,” Pinkett Smith said on The Howard Stern Show. “We just didn’t have any chemistry, he and I.”
“There was so much healing that happened between you and I through [my children] because I got to see your nurturing side,” Pinkett Smith told her mother during the talk. “I got to see sacrifices that you were making for them that weren’t the same kind of sacrifices you made for me, how you were like ‘I’m going. I’ll be with you in Australia. I know it’s going to be long. My husband is not happy, but I’m gonna be there.’”
The actor told her mother and her fans that Niobe might not have been in The Matrix sequels at all if it wasn’t Norris-Banfield.
“That helped me so much because if I didn’t have you, I wouldn’t have been able to do the Matrix,” she continued. “I wouldn’t be able to keep working. You went with me everywhere. Because of you, I was able to have my children with me, so thank you.”