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The Matrix Revolutions - Jada Pinkett Smith Q&A



Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q: Can you articulate what happens to Niobe in the third movie?
A:
She definitely becomes more faithful. She believes that Neo is not necessarily the one, but that his abilities can help the fate of Zion. She knows that she doesn't have to take on this war alone. She is making this alliance with Morpheus again, and with Neo, and she feels like she has a group of people that are now capable of possibly saving Zion.

Q: There's also a great sense of strength that your character exudes, especially in the chase sequence. Can you discuss how she rallies these very powerful men and stands up to them, too?
A:
Well, that's part of Niobe's personality. She's a commander of a ship and she is the fastest and the best pilot of the whole fleet, so she understands that there's a certain amount of respect that she has. Since time is very crucial, she feels as though it's time to lock down.
In Niobe's mind, when it's time to get the business done, it's time to get the business done. And that's really the bottom line for her. She sets her mind on her goal and wants to achieve that goal - whatever else is going on doesn't matter until this goal is straight, until they save Zion.

Q: There are also many things that are resolved in the third film, including your character's relationship with Morpheus. How does that evolve?
A:
For once they are on the same page. They both want to save Zion. And she does believe in Neo as Morpheus does but just not in the same capacity. She does believe that Neo has the ability to help save Zion which has been Morpheus' belief throughout the trilogy.

Q: I just spoke to Laurence about the chase scene. What was that experience like?
A:
We really didn't have to do much. It was more technical than anything. Laurence and I just got the opportunity to spend a lot of time together and have some very interesting conversations. But really, the work was more for the cameras - the positioning of the ship - and everything was against a green screen.

Q: Like the other actors, you've devoted a chunk of your life to this project. Now that you're at the end of it all, what are your feelings?
A:
It's difficult to see all of this come to an end. It's been a big part of my life for the last three years, so I'm not very happy to see it end. But as the poster says, 'everything that has a beginning has an end', and with that end, comes new beginnings.

Q: How would you sum up what this character has meant for you as an actress and as a person?
A:
I would say that the Matrix movies have been life-changing for me. Every character I take on has its challenges but the whole journey of participating in these projects has really been a life-changing experience.

Q: We've all heard so much about the challenges of the physical training. Has that become part of your life? Do you have an urge to keep in shape now?
A:
I've always been a very physical person. I've always been one to keep in shape, not necessarily for the look of it - the look of it is great - but really for the mental space. Physical activity is very important for a healthy state of mind and so to me, a workout, a yoga regimen, all of that, is included in my daily lifestyle as it always has been.

Q: With this experience are you going to seek out more action-oriented roles or will you look for different stuff?
A:
I'll look for different stuff. I'm participating on a project now which is a bit different. It just depends on the content of the movie. I never want to say that I want to set out for one particular movie anymore because you never know what's going to come your way and you really have to leave the options open.
I would love to participate in more action films. I think it would be difficult to top The Matrix films, because they are action films with so much content and compelling ideas, philosophies and concepts. But I think action movies have to be that way nowadays. I think the audience is a lot more sophisticated than they were in the 80s and 90s. So now there has to be a new phase to action movies.

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