"Will calls it the Hot Spot. He'll say, 'Do you want to go to the Hot Spot this weekend?'" says Jada Pinkett Smith of her husband Will Smith's nickname for Miami. "And I'll say, 'Sure, I'm up for some hotness.'" Thus begins the migration to sunny Florida of the Smith "Squad" - Jada, Will, their three kids, and a multitude more. "There will be at least 20 of us," says Jada. "When we roll into Miami, we roll big."
Rolling big is routine for Jada, who stars in this month's Kingdom Come, opposite LL Cool J, Whoopi Goldberg, and Vivica A. Fox. Raised on music and dance in Baltimore, Jada attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and the North Carolina School of the Arts before racing out to L.A., where she got her first break with a part in The Cosby Show spin-off, A Different World. She first hit the big screen in Menace II Society, then starred in A Low Down Dirty Shame, The Nutty Professor, and Set It Off. Most recently, her credits include Bamboozled, Scream 2, and Return to Paradise, co-starring Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, and Joaquin Phoenix. She also just landed much-sought-after roles in The Matrix 2 and The Matrix 3.
As for her affection for Miami, she and Will flew there together for their honeymoon after their top-secret wedding on New Year's Eve 1997. They have been returning regularly ever since, to the delight of both the populace and ever-trailing paparazzi. "People turn their heads and go, 'Here comes Will and the Squad,'" says Jada. So prepare yourself for some hotness, and a weekend with Jada Pinkett Smith in Miami.