Will Smiths First Marriage Rocked by Method Acting as He Fell in Love With Co-Star
The ‘First Prince of Bel-Air’ actor admits he was going too far with his method acting and ended up developing feelings for his onscreen love interest Stockard Channing.
AceShowbiz –Will Smith‘s first marriage got off to a rocky start because he wasn’t the same guy his wife, Sheree Zampino, wed.
Opening up about his private life in his new memoir, “Will“, the “Wild Wild West” star reveals he couldn’t shake the character he played in “Six Degrees of Separation” when he was at home and developed feelings for his co-star, Stockard Channing.
“Sheree and I were in the first few months of our marriage with a brand-new baby and for Sheree, I can imagine that this experience was unsettling to say the least,” Will wrote. “She’d married a guy named Will Smith and now she was living with a guy named Paul Poitier (his character’s name). And to make matters worse, during shooting I fell in love with Stockard Channing.”
“After the film wrapped, Sheree and (son) Trey and I moved back to L.A. Our marriage was off to a rocky start. I found myself desperately yearning to see and speak to Stockard.”
Will previously discussed his feelings for the “Grease” star in an Esquire interview in February, 2015, explaining the film experience gave him “a taste early of the dangers of going too far for a character – my character was in love with Stockard Channing’s character, and I actually fell in love with Stockard Channing.”
He added, “That was my last experience with Method acting, where you’re reprogramming your mind. You’re actually playing around with your psychology. You teach yourself to like things and to dislike things. It is a really dangerous place when you get good at it.”
Will’s memoir will be available on 9 November (21).
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