Sunday, May 13, 2012 5:10pm ET by Newsdesk
Will Smith insists children won’t be affected by fame
Will Smith has insisted that his two children will not be affected by the pressures of fame.
13-year-old son Jaden has already starred in films such as ‘The Pursuit Of Happyness,’ ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still,’ while 11-year-old daughter Willow reached number two in the UK charts with her 2010 debut single, ‘Whip My Hair.'
But the former Fresh Prince of Bel Air, who is currently promoting the third instalment of the Men In Black series, told The Sunday Times that he and wife Jada Pinkett are proud of the way they encourage their children to make their own choices:
"It's not so tricky. Show business is far safer than where Jada and I were raised.
“I grew up in inner-city Philadelphia, and on a summer afternoon I saw a guy take nine shots from an automatic weapon while we were playing on the basketball courts. That was tricky for my parents."
The 43-year-old, who will star alongside Jaden for the second time in next year’s science-fiction thriller, ‘After Earth,’ also went onto reveal how his relationship with his own mother has been strengthened by their shared sense of humour:
“My mom lost her leg to diabetes. As she was going in, I said to the doctor, 'Hey, listen, I know she's going to lose her leg, but I know a guy called Rick Baker [Hollywood special effects make-up artist] and he can whip something up...
“The doctor was looking at me like, 'Huh? This is your mother!' But it made her laugh. That's always been our relationship - no matter what it is, I can make my mom laugh. That was part of who I wanted to be."
Watch an interview on The One Show with Will Smith and his family below:
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