Jada Pinkett Smith: How ‘Magic Mike’ Movie Helped Her Marriage

will and jadaHow can a movie about male strippers be helpful to a marriage? Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith says that being on the set of the new movie “Magic Mike XXL” the sequel to the hit movie “Magic Mike” helped her gain some new perspective about her own marriage.

“It really taught me how to be more playful with my husband,” she says of Will Smith, her husband of 18 years.

On set, Pinkett Smith says she tried to fall back and not get in the way of the antics of the male-dominated cast. A friend had told her that women don’t know how to share space, that they dominate space. She took it to heart.

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“I really felt like this was a space for bro-time,” she said in a recent interview. “I tried to be respectful of that and I really enjoyed watching the men. It was so much fun to see and to realize men really need boy time.”

Co-star Channing Tatum, seated nearby, chimed in to agree. He brought up a conversation with a female friend who told him that when women get together with their girlfriends, they want to talk about life. About careers, kids, relationships, everything.

“Guys don’t do that at all. We do the opposite. We do everything but…