Will and Jaden Smith Talk Business and Family In New York Mag

The father-son acting team says Willow is the biggest star.

Posted: 05/29/2013 11:50 AM EDT
Will and Jaden Smith, New York mag

(Photo: New York Magazine, June 2013)

The father-son acting team is at it again. Will and Jaden Smith have been on a media blitz promoting their second film together, After Earth, which opens May 31. Their latest conquest: the cover of New York magazine in which their candid interview had them talking about their family dynamics, acting and the Kardashians.

When they were asked who's the biggest star in the Smith family, both answered in unison: 12-year-old Willow.

"She just knows who she is, so she just is," Jaden said of his little sister.

"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 added.

Jaden also opened up about what it's like to work with his father, saying he'd love to continue making movies with Will.

"It's kind of like father and son, except that we're both going to work together. [Points to his dad.] Like you worked in your family business with your dad. I'm just working in my family business with my dad."

And while the two might be co-stars, Will quickly jumped into protective parenting mode when the questions turned to the Kardashians and if there were any similarities between the two families. After asking Jaden not to answer, he laughed at the question.

"'So how do you think your life is similar or un-similar to people's names in Calabasas?,'" he mimicked. "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...
So the idea of fame or exploitation or orchestrating the media is sometimes even less than desirable for us."

Check out the issue when it hits newsstands on June 3.


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