The hairstylist behind “G.I. Jane” said he didn’t understand Jada Pinkett Smith’s Oscars reaction.
Enzo Angileri discussed Pinkett Smith rolling her eyes at Chris Rock’s joke about her shaved head.
Angileri said that he didn’t know Pinkett Smith had alopecia and that she looked “beautiful.”
The hairstylist behind “G.I. Jane” said he didn’t understand Jada Pinkett Smith’s reaction to Chris Rock’s joke about her shaved head this week at the Academy Awards, Page Six reported.
While presenting an award at Sunday night’s ceremony, Rock made a gibe at the 50-year-old Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, saying, “Jada, I love you, ‘GI Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it.” Pinkett Smith was seen rolling her eyes before her husband, Will Smith, 53, who later won the award for best actor, went onstage and slapped Rock in the face.
Speaking with Page Six’s Nicki Gostin, Enzo Angileri — who styled Demi Moore’s buzz cut in the 1997 action movie “G.I. Jane” — said he didn’t know that Pinkett Smith had alopecia, an autoimmune condition that causes the immune system to attack hair follicles.
Angileri told Page Six that, even once he learned the background, it still didn’t make sense to him that Pinkett Smith rolled her eyes at Rock’s joke.
“I thought she looked amazing, so regal,” the hairstylist said of Pinkett Smith’s look on the night.
“I thought it was a beauty choice,” he told Page Six. “I have never seen her look more beautiful,” he added, saying he thought Rock’s joke was “cute” and “benevolent.”
Pinkett Smith has previously opened up about the impact alopecia has had on her. During a May 2018 episode of her Facebook Watch series, “Red Table Talk,” she told her mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, and daughter, Willow Smith, it was “terrifying” when it first started.
“I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, ‘Oh, my God, am I going bald?'” she said. “It was one of those times in my life where I was literally shaking with fear.”
Angileri told Page Six he thought that Rock’s comment was “nothing to cause such a rolling of the eyes” and called Smith slapping Rock “completely unacceptable.”
The Hollywood hairstylist — who has styled numerous high-profile actors including Charlize Theron, Glenn Close, and Sophia Loren, according to IMDb — has worked with Smith before, according to Page Six. Angileri told the outlet he thought Smith was “the nicest guy” at the time.
Smith’s behavior at the Oscars has been condemned by numerous high-profile figures including Howard Stern, who compared Smith to Donald Trump on Tuesday during Stern’s long-running SiriusXM radio show. Whoopi Goldberg, who is on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors, also spoke about the incident on “The View” this week and said Smith would face “consequences” for his actions.
On Tuesday, Smith shared an Instagram post addressing what he called his “unacceptable and inexcusable” behavior. He wrote: “Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
The post continued with a public apology to Rock, saying: “I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be.” He also apologized to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees, everyone watching around the world, and the family of Venus and Serena Williams, whose father he played in the role that won him an Oscar on Sunday.
Representatives for Angileri declined to comment, while representatives for Pinkett Smith did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
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