Will Smith reveals he tried to date his “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” co-star Karyn Parsons, but she rejected him.
In his memoir, WILL, the 53-year-old actor admitted he was smitten with Karyn, who played his TV cousin Hilary Banks, but she rejected him.
Will said he’s glad Karyn rejected him because he married his wife of 24 years, Jada Pinkett Smith, in 1997.
“Not only did Karyn beat out a slew of Hollywood big hitters to win her role, but she was smart enough to tell me ‘hell no’ when I tried to explain we were not really cousins so it would be fine if we dated: ‘I swear it won’t mess up our working relationship.’ She knew better than that — good call, K.P.”
Karyn, 55, opened up about her working relationship with Will in a 2019 interview.
“He’s got charisma like crazy. He’s just incredibly charismatic, so bright, very smart and quick-witted and funny. It’s just him. People always say, ‘What’s it like?’ It’s exactly what you see. That guy, that’s Will.”
Will reunited with Karyn and the Fresh Prince cast last year when HBO Max aired the Fresh Prince reunion.
The cast paid tribute to actor James Avery (Uncle Phil), who passed away in 2013 at age 68.