Will Smith: ‘I Never Pushed My Kids Into This Business’

Will Smith: 'I Never Pushed My Kids Into This Business'

Will Smith insists that he and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith never pushed their kids towards the entertainment industry.

The ‘Fresh Prince’ actor and his 14-year-old son Jaden are currently starring as father and son in ‘After Earth’ – a movie Will created, co-wrote and produced with him and his son in mind.

Although it seems that Jaden and his 12-year-old sister Willow (who made her acting debut at just 7) have been pushed into a life of singing and acting just like their mom and dad, Will claims it was completely their own decision.

“It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane,” the 44-year-old told New York magazine.

“I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that’s going to be everywhere in the world. He is making a choice from the informed.”

But despite his insistence that he didn’t nudge his kids into the movie industry, Will admits that his connections did mean he was able to help them along the way.

“It’s less scary to me than if he wanted to be a dentist in that I couldn’t help with what he’d chosen,” he explains.

“I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help.”

While Jaden is moving further into the movie industry, Will admits that daughter Willow has had a change of heart – even dropping out of the lead role in an upcoming ‘Annie’ remake.

“She said, ‘Daddy, I want to go school with my friends during the week, and I want to hang out with them on the weekends,” Smith revealed.

“At the peak of ‘Whip My Hair,’ she’s like ‘Daddy, I’m done.’ I was like ‘Wow, wow, wow. No, baby, I got Annie, you know. It’ll be New York, you’ll be with BeyoncĂ©. You can bring your friends.’ And she said, ‘Daddy, I got a better idea. How about I just be 12?’

“At the end of the day, it has to be their choice.”

‘After Earth’ is released on May 31.


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