In an excerpt from his new memoir Will, which is published in this week’s issue of People magazine, Will Smith recalls falling in love with Stockard Channing, who starred opposite him in the 1993 film Six Degrees of Separation.
At the time, Will and his then-wife Sheree Zampino had just welcomed their son Trey when the film began production.
“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,” Smith wrote. “She’d married a guy named Will Smith and now she was living with a guy named Paul Poitier,” his character’s name in the movie. “And to make matters worse, during shooting I fell in love with Stockard Channing.”
Smith continued, “After the film wrapped, Sheree and 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.”