Comedian/actor Chris Rock and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith will star in animation sequel Madagascar2,in theaters on November 7th.In the film Madagascar:Escape 2 Africa(Madagascar2), Chris Rock does voice-over for Marty the Zebra and Jada,Gloria the hippo.In a recent interview with iVillage, the two parents were asked how they are able to balance family life with work;they both agreed that mothers’ play an important role in balancing a family unit:
Jada Pinkett Smith : I just say, you know, “Mommy’s out.” …You know, to just have quiet time. Even trips like this, you know? I’m here by myself. I’m only here for one day, but I’m here by myself. You know what I mean? It’s like I got to sleep in the bed myself… I got the ride on the plane… So, that type of time is very valuable, you know? … Women, we put out so much. And it’s so important that we plug in somewhere, you know? A lot of times, people try to make it seem as though that’s not important. Like, you’ve just gotta give, give, give, give. And if you don’t, then that makes you a bad mom and a bad person, if you even want to take a sliver of time for yourself. And what I’ve learned is that I’m a much better mother, and a much better wife when I have time to be able to go and just collect myself. And my husband has learned and my kids have learned… [that they] receive the rewards of Mommy having time to herself.
Chris Rock: I guess my wife handles more of the balancing than me… You’re not just working to take care of them. You’re working to take care of them in the event something happens to you. So, you know, being a dad, not only are you responsible for your wife and kids, if you die and they have to move four years later, you’re a bad father. Like, you’re really responsible for these people. So yeah, there’s no balance for me. I work, work, work. When I’m off work, I spend time with my family.
Actress Jada-Pinkett Smith has two children, Jaden, 10, and Willow, 8,and a step-son Trey Smtih,15;actor Chris Rock has two daughters Lola Simone,6,and Zahra Savannah,4.