She may play a mean mama in "Bad Moms," but in the real world, Jada Pinkett Smith's kids have shown nothing but gratitude over how she's raised them.
With her film -- costarring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate and Annie Mumolo -- hitting home video this week, we spoke with Smith about dealing with mom shaming and asked her to reveal her happiest "mom moment."
Warning: her answer to the latter is incredibly sweet.
"One of the happiest moments for me as a mom, I guess as my kids have grown and become teenagers, they all at some point thanked myself and Will [Smith] for how we've raised them and everything that we allowed them to do," she says. "I think they recognized the kinda heat that's come our way and so I think the best moments yet are when my sons and my daughter just tell me how much they love me and [say] 'Thank you.'"
Jada is mom to Jaden, 18, Willow, 16, and stepson Trey, 23.
"I know Willow was like -- she went through this whole phase when she was really getting into her body and learning -- 'OMG mom, I was in your stomach. Like you carried me, you're my life vessel. I should worship you. Every time I come in the door, I should be kneeling on my knees,'" Pinkett Smith reveals. "And that was amazing, just to hear that from your teenage daughter, having these revelations as she's becoming a woman."
"I have lots of moments like that with my kids; they have a lot of gratitude and so I would say that those are the moments that have made all the sacrifice and all the tears and challenges worth it," she adds.
As one mom in the film laments, "You don't know whether you're a good mom until they're fully grown" ... andraising children in the spotlight is no easy task. That being said, how does Jada think she and Will have done, as their kids have all really come into their own as individuals?
"You know you do the best you can. You give your kids what you have; you give them your knowledge, you give them the freedom to self-actualize, to become who they decide they want to be versus who you think they should be," she explains. "As long as they're happy, then job well-done! If we can show our kids how to constantly reach up and search for happiness, then I think you've given them the skill set and the things they need to be in this world."
"I'm very proud of all my children," she continues. "I think they're great human beings. People think it's funny, but you can love your kids but you don't always like them, and I love and like my kids. So I feel lucky in that way."
Mom shaming has, unfortunately, become part of the social media age we now live in. Some celebrities choose to clap back when their kids are involved, while others choose to drown out the noise. For Jada, she definitely favors the latter.
"People can't know what your kids need. You're in the house with your children. Everybody thinks that there is a cookie cutter formula to be a mother and I think that as women we're all trying to figure it out," she says. "A lot of times when women shame other women for how they mother, it really has to do with their own personal shame, it really has to do with their own personal judgment on themselves. So for me, I don't expect people to always understand what I'm doing or why I mother the way I do, but I look at my kids and I like who they are becoming and I like the result of my mothering.
Jada admits that "people are always gonna judge you," whether you're famous or not. "You just have to have enough confidence to be able to stand on your own two feet and know that what you're doing is the right thing. People gotta do them, but you gotta keep doing you!"
In "Bad Moms," Pinkett Smith is surrounded by a wealth of amazing female actress, something that really drew her to the project in the first place.
"One of the reasons why I decided to take the movie was because of Christina Applegate," she tells us. "I really take projects nowadays, not so much for roles all the time, but really for who I'm going to be standing next to and who I'm going to have the opportunity to meet and hang with. I happen to think that [Applegate's] really brilliant and so funny."
"Having the opportunity to spend time with those ladies was everything for me," she adds. "You don't always meet people on sets that you go, 'These are people I'll keep in contact with' or 'These girls could actually be friends of mine," so that was the biggest joy out of doing 'Bad Moms.'"
Pinkett says she picked up a lot from working with these ladies too, including tidbits she'll carry over to her next projects.
"I was really able to learn a lot from them about comedic timing and that was probably the height of my experience," she explains. "I'm just cutting my teeth in comedy, I wanted to do something small and then after that I decided to do something bigger, which is 'Girl's Trip.' I just feel like I'm going to be doing a bit more comedy."
See Jada in action in "Bad Moms," available now on home video.