Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals Her Secrets to a Happy Marriage

Celebrity News Jun. 8, 2012 AT 10:00AM
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith Credit: Dave Allocca/Startraksphoto.com

This December, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith will celebrate 15 years of marriage -- no easy feat for most Hollywood power couples.

At the New York City premiere of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Thursday, Pinkett Smith shared her tips for for keeping the spark alive with Us Weekly.

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"You need understanding, acceptance, and compassion," the 40-year-old actress advised. "And usually you get understanding through friendship, so you need to have that."

Pinkett Smith continued: "Fifteen years! It's amazing, isn't it? When I was doing the Today show, there was a couple there and they were celebrating 59 years of marriage! And I thought to myself, 'Fifteen years ain't nothing!' So it's just the beginning, really."

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At Thursday's red carpet premiere, the actress was joined by Smith, 43, and their daughter, Willow, 11."That's the whole point of having family!" the matriarch told Us.

Pinkett Smith added that she and Smith are currently "trying to figure out" their summer plans, but it's been a challenge "because the kids want to do one thing, but mommy and daddy want to do another thing."

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One thing is certain, however: Pinkett Smith is eager to be back in the spotlight. "I'll definitely be doing more on-screen acting. My kids are older now, so they're doing them," she explained. "And now I think I have an opportunity to do a little bit more."

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