Back When Will Smith Opened Up About His Unrequited Love Saga With Stockard Channing While He Was Already Married

Published 11/21/2023, 4:32 AM EST

via Getty

Will Smith has had one of the most successful careers in Hollywood, yet when it comes to his personal life, the actor has faced considerable scrutiny. Even after almost three decades of his run in Hollywood, the actor remains in the spotlight more for his personal life struggles, particularly those involving his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. While many believe Will Smith’s current marriage is his most controversial, there might be a slight misconception. 

A closer examination reveals that the actor has been grappling with marital controversies since his first marriage. Even the actor once admitted to having been harboring romantic feelings for one of his co-stars, Stockard Channing, while he was already married.

Will Smith and his one-sided love for Stockard Channing 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Will Smith and Stockard Channing starred in the Six Degrees of Separation together in the year 1993. It was also the time when Smith was in a marital bond with his first wife and had just welcomed son Trey Smith with her. Smith had a rocky relationship with his wife, Sheree Zampino. This led him to develop feelings for Channing during the filming of their co-starred movie, as per the 2021 memoir, Will. However, both the stars kept their relationship extremely professional and Smith never acted on his feelings. 

This was not the only instance where the Men In Black actor talked about his feelings for Channing. During a 2015 interview with Esquire, he shared that much like his character on-screen, he fell in love with Channing. He attributed the cause of his infatuation to the “dangers” of method acting. Even Stockard Channing herself delved into this matter during an interview. 

DIVE DEEPER

55-Year-Old Will Smith Expresses the ‘Horrors’ of Adulting With a Hilarious Video on Instagram

12 days ago

Stockard Channing shared what she thought upon learning about Will Smith’s feelings towards her. 

Stockard Channing responding to Will Smith’s revelation

The 2015 interview of Will Smith, where he openly declared his affection towards Channing, followed an interview of the actress for Page Six. This interview surfaced just a few weeks after the After Earth actor said, “I actually fell in love with Stockard Channing”. When asked to share her thoughts on the matter, Channing reacted with gratitude and kindness. The actress said she was “very flattered”, and “delighted”. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Grease actress also shared her “protective” feelings towards the Academy-award-winning actor, especially since “it was his first big job”. She instantly took a liking to Smith from the moment she first saw him and believed that “he was genuinely sweet”. Though their bond never evolved into anything beyond friendship, there is a lasting respect between both stars that still endures.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

“You are responsible…” – Will Smith Dedicates a Heartfelt Message for Trey Smith’s 31st Birthday

16 days ago

What do you think about Will Smith’s revelation about Stockard Channing? Let us know in the comments below!

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Hriddhi Maitra

449 articles

Hriddhi Maitra is a Hollywood News reporter at Netflix Junkie. An enthusiastic movie buff, Hriddhi found her true calling when she worked as a Cinema Content Writer at My Cinema Story while analyzing movies objectively, and offering constructive feedback. Coming from a background where she worked in different niches like finance, food, travel, medicines, automobile, and entertainment, we can safely say she is a jack of all trades.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

EDITORS' PICK