Daphne Maxwell Reid, who performed the second ‘Aunt Viv’, ’embraced’ Janet Hubert, who performed the function first, throughout the epic reunion taping.
Daphne Maxwell Reid, 72, who was the second actress to painting the function of Vivian Banks aka “Aunt Viv” on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1993-1996, just lately met Janet Hubert, 64, who was the primary actress to play the function, on the HBO Max reunion for the present, and couldn’t assist however thank her for leaving when she did. The proficient star admitted that she embraced the unique Vivian, who was on the present from 1990-1993, throughout a photograph op for the epic particular and used the chance to specific her gratitude on the similar time though she knew it may have been awkward.
“All people hugged and eventually, it was the 2 of us. And I simply embraced her and stated, ‘Welcome house’,” she EXCLUSIVELY advised HollywoodLife about their expertise on the reunion taping. “We had a very pretty day, that day. The 2 of us took a whole lot of footage collectively. There have been a whole lot of hugs. I advised her, it sounds imply, however I imply it sincerely. ‘Thanks for not coming again in order that I may have a job.’”
Though the second may have been taken within the unsuitable means, Daphne defined that Janet laughed it off similar to she did. “She simply laughed at me. I stated, ‘I don’t imply it in a imply means and I don’t know what occurred however I’m so glad I started working on this present’,” she stated.
Janet’s participation within the reunion got here after she reconciled with the present’s star, Will Smith, 52, in Sept. after a lengthy 27-year feud. Though Janet’s departure from the The Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air led to many misconceptions about her persona, together with individuals considering she was “haughty” and troublesome”, she admitted that the true cause she left was as a result of she was solely “supplied a 10-week contract” that “prohibited” her from working anyplace else.
“Folks preserve asking, ‘How do you are feeling?’” Janet EXCLUSIVELY advised us about her expertise in returning for the reunion, in a earlier interview. “And I [say], ‘Like an individual who’s been in jail for 27 years, who knew they didn’t rob the financial institution; who knew they didn’t kill or homicide that particular person and everybody has accused you.’”
Janet’s look on the reunion was a stunning but heartwarming one and Daphne revealed she was “comfortable” concerning the reconciliation though the feud didn’t contain her. “I’m glad. I used to be actually comfortable that they have been, that Will was reconciling together with her,” she stated. “It had been a wierd little vibe in that the opposite occasions that we now have gotten collectively she wasn’t there. And I simply, I didn’t know what had occurred with that household. I didn’t say, ‘So, the place’s Janet?’”
“That’s their deal. They weren’t speaking about it, I didn’t ask about it,” she continued. “And once they requested me, ‘Would you be snug if Janet is there? I stated, ‘Why not?’ I imply, I don’t know her. What’s uncomfortable to me?”
Daphne additionally talked concerning the precise second Janet first walked onto the reunion set and defined that she felt like she belonged there simply as a lot as everybody else. “We had simply been on the sofa, taking household footage and he or she walked in,” she defined. “And I used to be sitting subsequent to Will on his left-hand aspect, and when she bought there, in fact everyone rose to greet her. And I rose to get out of the way in which. I stated, ‘Janet your seat is over right here.’ I wished her to take my place and Will stated, ‘No.’
“It was snug for me, it was heartwarming,” Daphne added. “She began the darn factor, she ought to have been there and me not understanding why not. I welcomed her as a result of she belonged at house.”
So far as whether or not or not Daphne felt strain to attempt to fill Janet’s footwear when she took over the function of Vivian, she admitted they don’t seem to be the identical particular person and he or she was not making an attempt to be who she was. She additionally defined that she doesn’t let some comparisons she hears hassle her.
“The household dynamics modified. And I used to be not the identical girl as she was, and there have been complaints that I used to be not the identical girl,” she shared about her expertise on the show. “Okay. I can solely be me, I can’t be Janet. And you may like Janet, that’s high-quality. You may say she was the very best, that’s high-quality. That doesn’t do something to hurt me. That’s your opinion and that’s high-quality.”