Will Smith said that he wanted to date his “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” costar Karyn Parsons.
Smith said he “tried to explain that we were not really cousins so it would be fine if we dated.”
The actor said that in response, Parsons was “smart enough to tell me ‘hell no.'”
In his self-titled memoir released on November 9, Smith spoke candidly about his experience on the hit ’90s sitcom, which marked his acting debut.
“Fresh Prince” centered on Smith’s character having a fish-out-of-water experience as he left his hometown of West Philadelphia to live with his Uncle Phil (James Avery), Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert), and three cousins named Hilary Banks (Parsons), Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro), and Ashley Banks (Tatyana Ali) in their lavish Bel-Air mansion.
Smith described Parsons as “the least experienced next to me” and said that she “beat out a slew of Hollywood big hitters to win her role.” The actor said that Parsons also knew that it was in their best interests to remain professional.
“Was smart enough to tell me ‘hell no’ when I tried to explain that we were not really cousins so it would be fine if we dated. (‘I swear it won’t mess up our working relationship.’ She knew better than that — good call KP),” Smith said.
Smith ended up meeting his first wife, Sheree Zampino, at a taping of “A Different World” on a nearby set and married her three months later. Their first and only child together, Trey Smith, was born in November 1992.
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