Will Smith has a long list of people to thank for his Hollywood fame and fortune, but the person who truly inspired him to succeed may surprise you.

“When I was 15, my girlfriend cheated on me,” he said. “And from that moment, in this bizarre psychological twist, I wanted to be the most famous entertainer on Earth.”

Watch the candid snippet above from Variety’s “Actors on Actors” conversation between Smith and Benicio del Toro.

The full “Actors on Actors” special airs Dec. 27 on PBS SoCal.

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