Will Smith tells us how he became the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was a huge success back in the early 90s and many people still identify Will Smith with his television persona. Now, in a YouTube video, Smith shares his story on how he got the role and where he was mentally and professionally at the time.

If you’ve seen the opening credits (or know the theme song), you know all about how the character and actor’s life “got flipped, turned upside down” and he rose up from the streets of Philly to Bel Air. Did you also know that the actor’s life had hit rock bottom?

Smith found early success with the hit song “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. It was a global phenomenon despite its clean, teen-centered lyrics. But as the story goes, Smith spent all his money and the next album flopped. It was a tragedy for Smith’s career. That’s when he met the man who would drastically change Smith’s life and inspire the character we still know and love today.

Find out more about Smith’s fascinating rags to riches to rags to riches story in the video below: