Jada Pinkett Smith: I'm a Stricter Parent Than Will
09/19/2008 AT 02:30 PM EDT
Pinkett Smith will play Nancy Hawthorne, which the network describes as the strong but caring director of a nursing hospital in North Carolina, a single mother who places the pain of others first.
In terms of her role off-screen, Pinkett Smith, 37, acknowledges that neither she nor Will exerts a particularly heavy hand.
"We're not strict but we definitely believe it's a very important component for rearing children," she told PEOPLE last month. "It creates safety for them. They understand that they need guidance."
Still, if a member of their brood wants to sneak an extra sweet, Pinkett Smith acknowledges with a laugh that her husband is the more lenient one.
"He's so lenient on that stuff," she says with a sigh. "Daddy tends to [say], 'Yeah! Have chocolate cake for dinner! It’s all right with me.' I'll come home and it's just, 'Has anyone had lunch?' 'Yeah, I had some Frosted Flakes!' "
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