The film opened in 2,000 theaters and earned million in its first weekend.
Next, Pinkett Smith had a role in Set It Off (1996), a crime drama about four women who rob banks to escape from poverty. Fox, and Kimberly Elise, her acting in the film was noted in the San Francisco Chronicle where they named her as "the one to watch".
She moved to Los Angeles and stayed with La Vern Whitt, former stuntwoman, now producer and long time family/friend, who got her started in the industry.
In Los Angeles, Pinkett Smith inquired about the choreographer position for the television series In Living Color, created by actor Keenen Ivory Wayans, whom she met through Whitt, but the job was already taken by Rosie Perez.
In 2008, Pinkett Smith portrayed Alex Fisher, a lesbian author, in The Women.
Pinkett Smith's directorial debut was The Human Contract; she also wrote and acted in the movie.
In 2000, Pinkett Smith was cast in Spike Lee's film Bamboozled (2000), as Sloan Hopkins, a personal assistant to the main character portrayed by Damon Wayans.
Although the film met with mediocre reviews, it won the Freedom of Expression Award by the National Board of Review.
Smith also created a production company, in addition to authoring a book, published in 2004.
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Perhaps her best-known role to date is the part of human rebel Niobe in the films The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003), sequels to 1999's The Matrix, and the related video game Enter The Matrix (2003).
The character was written specifically with Pinkett Smith in mind.
She then appeared in a television pilot for a supernatural drama titled Moe's World that was never aired. She earned a role on comedian Bill Cosby's NBC television sitcom A Different World in 1991, as college freshman Lena James.