Veteran actress Stockard Channing feels "flattered" after Will Smith confessed to falling in love with her while they were making a movie together in the 1990s.

The pair appeared in 1993 drama Six Degrees of Separation, and Smith recently admitted he blurred the lines between acting and real life by falling for his co-star.

He told America's Esquire magazine, "I got a taste early of the dangers of going too far for a character. My character was in love with Stockard Channing's character. And I actually fell in love with Stockard Channing."

Channing has now praised Smith for his candid confession, telling New York Post gossip column Page Six, "I'm very flattered. That's a wonderful thing... I adored him from the first time I laid eyes on him because I thought he was genuinely sweet. I felt very protective of him, because it was his first big job. It's amazing for me to hear that he felt that way, I'm delighted."