Jada Pinkett Smith on Being the Feminist Force of ‘Magic Mike XXL’

Jada Pinkett Smith on Being the Feminist Force of ‘Magic Mike XXL’

In this Thursday, June 18, 2015 photo, actors Channing Tatum, left, and Jada Pinkett Smith pose for a portrait in promotion of the new film, "Magic Mike XXL," in West Hollywood, Calif. The movie releases in the U.S. on July 1, 2015. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)
In this Thursday, June 18, 2015 photo, actors Channing Tatum, left, and Jada Pinkett Smith pose for a portrait in promotion of the new film, “Magic Mike XXL,” in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP)

(Reuters) – From playing the villainous, manipulative Fish Mooney on Fox’s Batman origins TV series “Gotham” to an empowering erotic club owner in “Magic Mike XXL,” Jada Pinkett Smith is no stranger to taking on strong female characters on screen.

Smith, 43, told Reuters how she helped carve her role in “XXL” – one originally intended for actor Jamie Foxx – as the film’s feminist force, and whether her husband, actor Will Smith, will see the film as it comes out in theaters this week.

Below are excerpts.

Q: How do you think “XXL” reinvents male entertainment?

A: Somebody brought up a really good point that usually male strippers would be dressed up as police officers, firemen, so [male entertainment] has this very authoritative feel, instead of getting to understand what are those desires and fantasies that women want to explore with their imagination? So you would hope that maybe strip clubs would get more on that page.

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