Don’t try to compare the super-talented Smith family to that of the Kardashians. That may not go over too well with Will. Although The Smiths are great friends with the Kardashians, there are obvious differences.
Will Smith and his son Jaden are covering the latest issue of New York Magazine in the latest stream of promos for the movie After Earth and in the feature, the interviewer brought up the Kardashians. The interviewer mentioned that the Kardashians have treated their fame as a family business, and questioned whether the Smiths saw themselves as similar or different which resulted in Jaden saying he didn’t understand the question. The interviewer then rephrased the question, “So how do you think your life is similar or un-similar to people’s names in Calabasas?” which resulted in Will signaling for his son not to speak, while responding:
You know, he’s never had to, to deal with those kinds of questions. [Mimicking the interviewer] “So how do you think your life is similar or un-similar to people’s names in Calabasas?” For our family, the entire structure of our life, our home, our business relationships—the entire purpose is for everyone to be able to create in a way that makes them happy. Fame is almost an inconsequential by-product of what we’re really trying to accomplish. We are trying to put great things into the world, we’re trying to have fun, and we’re trying to become the greatest versions of ourselves in the process of doing things we love. So the idea of fame or exploitation or orchestrating the media is sometimes even less than desirable for us.
The interviewer also followed up her question by asking if Jaden could have been a dentist instead of an actor, and Will responded:
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.
Willow chose singing and then un-chose it. 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.” At the peak of “Whip My Hair,” she’s like, “Daddy, I’m done.” At the end of the day, it has to be their choice.
He’s, like, really just cool. He lets us have our freedom as long as we can control our freedom.
Is it fair to compare the two families? Seems like apples and oranges.