Will Smith and his 14-year-old son Jaden Smith strike a pose on the cover of New York magazine‘s Summer issue. The father-son duo – who are promoting their new film After Earth – open up about their relationship and fame.
Will, on parenting: “It is the excruciating parental pain of having to let your kids go, and you just have to hope that the lessons you’ve instilled will kick in at the right time…We don’t own our children, you know. They own themselves.”
Jaden, on fame: “I think it’s fun, except when people make up stuff about you. Then it’s not so much fun. But besides that, I enjoy it.”
Jaden, on his dad: He’s, like, really just cool. He lets us have our freedom as long as we can control our freedom.”
Will, on Willow: “She has a magic power in the family. She absolutely demands the most attention, and there’s something really incendiary about a 12-year-old girl who says and does what she wants.”
Will, on his kids’ fame: “It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane. I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that’s going be everywhere in the world. He is making a choice from the informed. 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. I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help.”
For more from Will and Jaden, visit New York magazine…