Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, their children Trey,17, Jaden,11, Willow,9, and Will’s ex-wife Sheree are set to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show today(May 17th). The Smith family are on the show to talk about Jaden’s new film, the Karate Kid, as well as Jada’s 2nd season of series Hawthorne. Here are highlights from the show:
Jada on raising Trey,17, Will’s son from a previous relationship: “Sheree[Trey’s mom] and I both had to make that decision, because at the end of the day, we had Trey and that had to be the primary focus,” she says. “So we had to put aside our own craziness, our stuff, all the baggage that comes with it. She and I just had to focus on, ‘What does he need?'”
Will Smith on his kids: “I just want them to live in service to greatness. I want them to live and to create in a way that when people see it, people are inspired and people become better just by having contact with their excellence,” Will says.
Jada on inspiring greatness in the Smith kids: “We might have a vision for what we see, but at the end of the day, Jaden has to have his own vision, Willow has to have her own vision and so does Trey,” she says. “So we are there to help inspire and facilitate their vision, because in order to reach the type of excellence that Will is talking about, you have to be able to reach inside yourself to find that drive. Nobody can put that drive in you, so you have to inspire the individual to find and focus on the goal that they want for themselves.”
Willow on her dad being a disciplinarian: “When I’m in the studio, he keeps me working. He gives me motivation,” she says. “He says, ‘If you work through this, then you’ll get a hit and everybody will buy it and you’ll get lots of money.’ And he also teaches me that it’s not all about money. It’s about what you want to do.”
Will on having his kids in the business: “We worked with my father growing up in the family business, and what happens is your kids get to see you in your best light, where you are most proficient,” he says. “Your kids get to watch you at work, how you interact with people, how you talk, how you deal with stress. … I’m totally comfortable with them getting to work and being in the world and understanding the nature of production, producing something for the world. I think sometimes in America in particular we hold the kids from that experience of work and the nature of producing in the universe.”