Alfonso Ribeiro On His Lengthy Friendship With Will Smith & His Cameo On The Graham Norton Show
First Published: May 30, 2013 9:14 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Alfonso Ribeiro joined his old “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” co-star, Will Smith, on stage last week on Britain’s “The Graham Norton Show,” and it turns out the appearance came about because the pair have remained friends throughout the years.
“[I’ve known] Will… maybe 24-25 years. Something like that. It’s been a long time,” Alfonso told Access Hollywood at the New York City premiere of “After Earth,” about his big screen pal.
“We’ve spent many years working together, hanging together, playing together, you know, having families together,” Alfonso continued. “[Will is] just a wonderful individual and we have such a great time whenever we’re together.”
And last week, flying to London to appear alongside Will, Jaden Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff covering Will’s hit, “Parents Just Don’t Understand” on that British chat show (where Alfonso did the Carlton Banks dance), was all in the name of fun.
“He called us up and said, ‘Hey! You want to come to London? Do you want to do this little thing?’” Alfonso recounted of how it came together.
For fans who haven’t yet viewed “The Graham Norton Show” collaboration, which was posted to YouTube, the episode is airing tonight at 10/9c on BBC America.
“It was a lot of fun to do,” Alfonso said.
Alfonso started out his own acting career as a child on shows like “Silver Spoons” in the 1980s, and he fully supports Jaden Smith, 14, being in the game.
“I think it’s proper for him to do it. I think this is what he enjoys doing and, you know, being a [former] child performer myself, I really do feel like what’s most important is that the kid wants it. And, you know, this is something that Jaden wants to do and this is something he enjoys doing and he’s so real and so honest with it,” Alfonso said. “And so, I think it’s great that he is following in his parents’ footsteps.”
“After Earth” opens in theaters on Friday, May 31.
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