Hollywood Power couple Joshua Jackson and Jodie Turner-Smith aim to empower creatives from all walks of life

He comes from a long career in film & television. She’s consistently making her own waves in Hollywood these days. Together, husband and wife team Joshua Jackson and Jodie Turner-Smith are each other’s biggest supporters as they collectively strive to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Through their ongoing partnership with Motorola razr, Jodie and Joshua give their time and energy to support emerging fellow creatives with Generation Next’s “The Call that Started it All”.

Looking back on his own career, from timelessly beloved projects such as The mighty ducks and Dawson’s Creek to more recently starring in the true crime series dr. DeadJoshua tells me, “I definitely remember the calls in my young artist life that changed the trajectory of my life and to be a part of something that tries to capture and elevate that moment for these young designers is really heartwarming and something fantastic.” to be a part of.”

Coming from a growing list of starring roles in critically acclaimed films like Queen & Slim, After Yang and the miniseries Anne BoleynJodie added, “I absolutely love working with Teen Vogue and celebrating the diverse and inclusive fashion designers, especially to make this happen in the middle of what is Fashion Month. My life and my work revolves around It’s all about creating opportunities for people, so I was really excited about this plan that supports and uplifts young designers who want to say something through design.”

Since they met at a party in 2018, Joshua and Jodie have since been married and have welcomed a daughter. With Motorola labeling these two as “changers,” I wondered how this power couple would define what it means to be a “changer” in our ever-evolving society today.

Jodie begins by saying, “I think being a ‘changer’ means being a person who uses your voice, your platform, your actions and your integrity to try to push your community to change for the better. I think change happens at the micro level, person to person, and it’s really about who we are in our daily lives and how that affects the people around us so that we can actually see change happen at the macro level. I know that myself as a black woman, I think in my existence, is about trying to take a stand to push change forward, because without it I would continue to be oppressed.”

Joshua adds: “I agree with all of that and I would just add the component to it – I think it starts with you. Part of the way I think you can be a ‘changer’ in the world , is by being honest with yourself – to examine your own thoughts, opinions and prejudices, think about the things you can and cannot live with and then try to change the inequalities you see, first in yourself in your own think, than in the world.”

Even now that it’s 2022, Jodie and Joshua, who are an interracial couple, still receive occasional criticism of their relationship on social media. So, how do they effectively ignore all unsupportive comments aimed at their Instagram posts? “Don’t read the comments,” says Jodie.

As these two actors continue their Hollywood careers, in an industry that seems to include more and more people from all backgrounds, Jodie says, “I think the only way to move anything forward is to just have a conversation, at the very least. I think in the same way that we push for representation in front of the camera, we also need to make sure that this extends beyond that – to behind the camera, to below the line, to the people who produce things. that if we really expand that conversation to all walks of life, we’re going to see some real positive changes in our world as a whole.”

Joshua continues, “I think when you speak directly about our industry, I think our industry is always talking in the culture it is in and I think the culture has moved outside the industry and it took some time to catch up. talking to the reality of the world we live in. I’m very happy that at least we’re in a more open space to talk about telling more inclusive stories, more inclusive people, as Jodie said, in front of the camera and behind the camera. I think we also have to be realistic that we have a very long, long, long, long way to go, because these are industrial problems as well as broader cultural problems. We’ve only just surfaced the cultural conversation we need to have to really take a step forward.”

After recently drawing attention with her dazzling fashion looks at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, I asked Jodie if her style choices are just a fun form of self-expression, or if she hopes to make a statement to the world through the different designs she creates. wears in public.

“I think it’s a mix of both,” continues Jodie. “It’s definitely a form of personal expression, but it’s also like I said before, the same way I push for representation in front of the camera, I advocate for representation behind the camera. I want to empower black creatives, black stylists. My stylists are black, my hair and makeup artists, and I love wearing black designers and giving them opportunities. I try to represent mainly black designers and it’s so interesting because in Venice one thing that definitely struck me when I went to Venice is that it’s not very black (laughs)! And I don’t just mean the city, I mean the festival itself, so it felt really special to represent so many black designers on the red carpet because while we may not be represented in a whole lot of movies here, we were definitely represented on my body and I think that’s always kind of my goal in life. It’s like pushing that story forward and showing the beauty and the creativity and the power and strength of black communities in the diaspora.”

Since many of us are a Hollywood couple, many of us mostly only got to know pictures, so I decided to round off my conversation with Joshua and Jodie by asking them what they like most about their husband and co-parent of their young daughter.

Joshua begins by saying about his wife Jodie, “I’ll say one thing that’s actually fashion related and one thing that’s just about my amazing wife and the spectacular mother she is. It’s a joy to watch her work and become a mother and how honored I feel to be standing next to it – to watch it, to watch it grow, to hopefully nurture it in its growth. I love how powerful my wife is in that fashion space – how much it is a source of joy and how it seeps into her home life as well. I love watching my wife be uplifted and celebrated and seeing her fed makes me a very, very happy man to see that.”

Jodie concludes our conversation with: “When I met Josh and one of the main reasons I married him, I wanted him to be my husband is because of how loved and supported by him I felt. I had never been with someone I thought would lift me up the way I felt him lift me up. That’s one of my favorite things about him. I think as a woman and as a black woman, the world is a rough place and there are many obstacles in our way. When someone you love comes along with you and says: I want you to see your dreams come true. Especially as women, I think we’re always kind of asked to play a minor role in relationships and support our men’s goals. That’s like a social thing. That’s conditioning that sometimes we’re not even aware of – why I feel like women often apologize to themselves and don’t take up space. So what I admire is the strength of a man to have a strong woman and to want to lift her up and not tear her down. It was so magical to see him just being a father. I mean I can’t think of a person in the world who doesn’t have some sort of “daddy problems” so when you see someone fathering in this really beautiful way and think to yourself Wow I’m actually preparing my daughter for such a beautiful life because look at this amazing relationship she has with her father and that she is going to have and that gives me a lot of comfort.”