Before taking on the titles of producer and star of the TNT drama "HawthoRNe," which debuts on Tuesday, Jada sat down with her famous family to make sure they'd be OK without her.
"I said, 'Listen, there was a show I'd love to do and it will be three months that you might not see Mommy a lot,'" she told CNN. "And they're looking at me like, 'Really? What does that mean?'"
But she said more daddy time with Will means a break from mom's rules for Willow, 8, and Jaden, 11.
"So they get to eat chocolate for breakfast and go to bed whenever they feel like it for those three months while I'm working," Jada said. "So, it works out, and they know that the rest of the year, I'm off."
But Jada's not too far from her family – the show is filming in Inglewood, Calif., close enough to the Smith home for Will to make a cameo on her show.
"He's an extra in one of the episodes, so just see if you can catch him," she said. "He's walking by, doing a drive-by, and we could hardly afford that. It was a very costly walk-by."
"HawthorRNe" production wraps this summer, when Will will be the one leaving the house, to produce the Jaden-starring "Karate Kid" remake in Beijing, China. Jaden will take on the title role alongside Jackie Chan, who will play the iconic Mr. Miyagi.
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