Will Smith says he ‘fell in love’ with co-star Stockard Channing during his first marriage

Will Smith opens up about his life in his powerful new memories, Will.

In an excerpt from the book, published by People on Wednesday, the 53-year-old actor says he “fell in love” with his Six degrees of Separation partner Stockard Channing during his first marriage.

Smith and his then-wife, Sheree Zampino, had just welcomed their son Trey when the film began production, and the actor remained in character even while away from the set of the 1993 film. Smith wrote that his relationship with Channing remained professional as his feelings for her grew.

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Will Smith says he “fell in love” with his co-star in Six Degrees of Separation, Stockard Channing. (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

“Sheree and I were in the first few months of our marriage to a brand new baby, and for Sheree, I can imagine that this experience was unsettling to say the least,” Smith wrote. “She had married a guy named Will Smith, and now she lived with a guy named Paul Poitier,” his character in the film states. “And to make matters worse, I fell in love with Stockard Channing during filming.”

“After the movie was over, Sheree and Trey and I moved back to LA,” the actor and singer continued. “Our marriage got off to a bad start. I desperately longed to see and talk to Stockard.”

This is not the first time Smith has discussed his feelings for Channing. In a 2015 interview, the actor talked about “going too far for a character” when he fell in love with the actress.

Will Smith, Sheree Zampino
Smith was married to Sheree Zampino and had just welcomed their son Trey. (Ron Galella Collection via Getty)

“With Six degrees of separation“I got an early taste of the dangers of going too far for a character,” he said Esquire.

“My character was in love with Stockard Channing’s character. And I actually fell in love with Stockard Channing.”

“So the movie was over and I went home and I was dying to see Stockard. I thought, ‘Oh no! What have I done?’ “It was my last experience with Method acting, where you reprogram your mind. You actually play with your psychology. You teach yourself to like things and not to like things,” he added. “It’s a really dangerous place when you get good at it. But when I had that experience, I thought, ‘No more Method acting.’ I used – for Six degrees“I wanted to perform so well that I spent six and seven and eight days in grade before I recorded, and you have to be careful about that.”

Smith’s memoir, Will, went on sale on November 9th. (Patrick McMullan via Getty Image)

Smith is now married to his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. The couple bonded in December 1997 and later welcomed two children: a son, Jaden Smithand a daughter, Willow Smith, born in 1998 and 2000.

Smith’s Memoirs, Will, went on sale November 9, 2021 and can be pre-ordered at the actor’s website.

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