“It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane,” Will Smith told Vulture. “I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that’s going to be everywhere in the world.” The concerned father says Jaden, whom he co-stars with in After Earth, made an informed decision to get into acting.
As a father in the industry, Will says it’s actually a lot easier to deal with his son’s dream to be an actor, rather than something normal like a doctor.
“I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on earth,” said Will. “So I can be a huge help.”
And about his daughter, Willow, after hitting it big with “Whip My Hair,” she decided to live a private life.
Will went on to tell Vulture how the conversation happened.
“She said, ‘Daddy, I want to go to school with my friends during the week, and I want to hang out with them on the weekends.’” He followed up, “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 in New York, you’ll be with Beyoncé. 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.”