Will Smith opened up about his personal “pain” in a new in-depth interview with David Letterman.

The interview, released on Netflix as part of the new season of My next guest needs no introductionwas recorded before the 2022 Oscars, when Smith famously slapped Chris Rock on stage.

In the new episode, released Friday, May 20, Smith discussed taking a break from acting and working on her 2021 memoir.

“My experiences and my life, and writing this book, opened up a part of me, as an actor, like nothing I’ve ever been through,” he said.

Smith continued: “Life is interesting to me right now because I can reach people differently than I used to be able to reach people, largely because of my pain. “I am really ready to go deep into my heart in a way that I think will hopefully accomplish well for me and be useful to the human family.”

Smith hasn’t done a full interview since the sensational Oscars incident.

However, he apologized to Rock after the slap, and stated that he would not object to the 10-year event ban the Academy issued to him as punishment.

Will Smith Speak to David Letterman For ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’

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Also among the six new episodes of My next guest are interviews with Billie Eilish, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Durant and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The series can now be streamed on Netflix.

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