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Pinkett Smith: My teen rebellion

Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed her own troubled teenage years provided inspiration for her performance in medical TV drama Hawthorne.

The US actress - whose mum is a nurse - plays Christina Hawthorne, a director of nursing and single mother to a headstrong daughter.

"There are pieces I've taken from the dynamic that my mother and I had. She was a nurse as well, she was a single parent, and I was a pretty difficult teenager - more so than the daughter in Hawthorne, Camille," Jada explained.

"A lot of the situations and circumstances are based upon real life between my mother and I. She was very much like that - 'do what I say, because I say so'."

But Jada, who is mum to Jaden, 12, and Willow, 10, and stepmother to husband Will's son Trey, admitted she struggled when she first became a parent.

"When I first became a mother I found it really difficult because your life completely changes, from being single to being married, to now being a mother. So I have to say that my transition was not very easy.

"But I'm about to turn 40 and I must say that I've come to a place in my life where I find a lot of peace and a lot of comfort even though my life is a whirlwind. I feel like I finally have found a peaceful ground for myself."

She added: "My priority is my family and when you're very clear about what your priorities are, when the hard times come there's no struggle, because you're very clear about what is number one."

:: Hawthorne will air in the UK on Sony Entertainment Television from the channel's launch on April 7.

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