There are people, who inspire the others. Will Smith and his wife of many years Jada Pinkett Smith are one of these people. He is the actor, known by the films “Men in Black”, “Ali”, “Hitch”, “Suicide Squad” and many others.
She can sing, act and does lots of charity work. We know Jada Pinkett Smith as the actress of the series “Gotham”, of the films “Magic Mike XXL”, “The Matrix Revolutions” etc.
Both they raise three talented kids, who have already become independent and popular. If you want to know the secrets of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith parenthood, then keep on reading!
Trey Smith – the First Father’s Son
Willard Carroll Smith III is the oldest son of a popular actor Will Smith. He was born on the 11th of November, 1992 in the family of Will Smith and Sheree Zampino.
Sheree and Will started dating in 1991. Then he was just making the first steps in movie industry, and she has graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology. They tied a knot in May, 1992 and soon welcomed their son Trey.
Sheree and Will divorced in 1995. But even after separation to Trey’s mother, Will has never lost connection with his son. Small Trey participated in father’s music video “Just the Two of Us”. In addition Will Smith opened a company, which he named after his eldest son – Treyball Development Inc.
When Will Smith started dating Jada, he introduced his loved one to his son. Jada and Will decided to make Trey Smith the part of their family.
When Jada Pinkett Smith attended Oprah Winfrey show, she asked, was it hard to raise a child from Will’s previous relationships. But she answered, that it was obvious for her, Trey’s interests had to be on the first place. “I tried to forget about selfish ideas and to do, what was necessary for the family”, Jada explained.
To develop Trey Smith‘s inborn talents had become the main goal of his father Will and stepmother Jada. He was educated at Oaks Christian High School, which is located in Westlake Village, CA. There he played football, and planned to make in this career.
Trey Smith is not as rich as his father, but he earns his living himself. To make him financially successful, Will Smith offered his son to read “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki. At Oprah’s show Will Smith told, that it was really necessary “to shape up the mind”, which makes a person of art not just talented, but rich too.
At first Trey was the only child in Will Smith family, who was not bitten by acting bug. But later Trey Smith turned his face to acting and music too. He participated in several episodes of the series “All of Us” and now earns his living as a DJ. His stage moniker is AcE.
Jaden Smith – The Continuer of Father’s Ideas
Will Smith is a great father to his all three kids, but probably, Jaden Smith is the only one, who can be considered as the continuer of his father’s ideas.
Jaden Christopher Syre Smith was born on July 8, 1998 as the first kid for Jada and second for Will. Currently Jaden Smith is ranked by Forbes as one of richest child stars in the world. And he earned that net worth himself.
Jaden attended New Village Leadership Academy and then left it to continue his education at home. He started acting alongside his father at a very young age – 8 years old – in biopic drama “The Pursuit of Happyness”. He portrayed small Christopher, the screen son of Will Smith.
For his talented performance the kid got MTV movie award. That inspired Jaden Smith to continue his career independently from his father. In 2010 he played the title role in martial arts drama “The Karate Kid”.
To portray Dre Parker, the teenager who had to move with his mother from USA to China, Jaden put 100% of efforts. He trained three hours per day, developing his skills of kicking, punching and fighting.
After that Jaden felt absolutely ready to act as a boy, who was bullied at school, and then met Mr. Han (portrayed by Jackie Chan), who taught him kung-fu.
“The Karate Kid” had become the greatest hit of the year and brought young Jaden Smith lots of cash, which was absolutely enormous for the kid of his age.
That movie left no doubt, that Jaden inherited his parents’ talent to acting. Of course, initially Jaden’s career was supported his famous dad. But Will Smith has no embarrassment, when he confesses, that he supported Jaden’s interest in acting.
When they made “The Pursuit of Happyness”, Jaden got interested in acting and was ready to develop this skills. Will Smith, in his turn, has always been the fan of “The Karate Kid”, filmed in 1984 and starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and William Zabka.
That’s why Will Smith contacted Jackie Chan and invited him to star in the remake of “The Karate Kid, 1984”.
By the way, in the movie “The Karate Kid” Jaden Smith had his first on-screen kiss. The star hadn’t kissed the girl in his real life before, but in any case that moment was special and embarrassing for him. So, the first person, whom Jaden Smith kissed, was his co-star Wenwen Han.
Currently Jaden Smith is 19. He lives independently from his stellar parents. He earns his living as an actor and rapper. He used to date a model Sarah Snyder in 2015-2017, but nowadays the actor is single.
Willow Smith – The Only Father’s Daughter
The only daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow followed her mother’s path and started career of a singer at the age of 9. She has also risen to fame as an actress, fashionista and dancer.
Willow Camille Reign Smith was born on October 31, 2000. Although her parents are entertainers with a busy schedule, they had always found time for Willow and her siblings.
She was involved into movie making at the age of 7, when she acted in an horror film “I Am Legend” opposite her famous father.
Later Willow developed her acting skills and featured in “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl”.
Nowadays Willow Smith is widely known as a singer and a fashion girl, who looks really unusual and never is afraid of fashion experiments.
Jada Pinkett Smith, who looks incredibly shaped in her 46, shares with her daughter various beauty secrets. At the same time, she gives Willow freedom to make really bold fashion decisions.
Once Willow decided to cut her hair, and Jada supported her. Thus the wise mother wanted to show, that it was not the hair only, which made her daughter beautiful.
Nowadays Willow Smith can boast with her first studio album “Ardipithecus”, which was released in 2015. Although it got mixed reviews from critics, Willow hasn’t been disappointed. She is preparing her next album nowadays.
Like her brothers, 17-year-old Willow lives independently from her parents. She earns the money by her own and has her own personal life. Willow is dating a rapper Tyler Cole, who is 2 years older than his loved one.
In each her movement Willow Smith is supported by her parents, Will and Jada.
As you see, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith managed to grow up three talented kids. But what are their secrets of successful parenthood?
Will Smith Secrets of Parenthood
In Oprah Winfrey show Jada and Will opened up about their parenthood methods.
First of all, they give their children freedom. Two actors are sure, to raise a creative child, it is necessary to make him free. On the other hand, the kid can’t handle too much of freedom – it can damage him. In this case Jada and Will impose their decision to the kids. They call it not “punishment”, but “protection”.
Each week Jada and Will arrange “family meetings”, where they sit face-to-face with their kids and share their thoughts, plans and discuss the ideas.
In fact, Jada and Will know, that their kids are really talented, but talented in different ways. Their task is to develop those skills.
Jada used to tell, that the main thing one had to do for his kid is to put a purpose in front of him. In her turn, she motivated her stepson Trey to play football, her son Jaden to act and her daughter Willow to sing. She encouraged her children to put lots of efforts to grow in the area they had chosen.
As for Will Smith, he explained his kids the purpose of art. He told to Trey, Jaden and Willow, that art must advance humanity. You may sing, dance or act – but in any case eventually your project should influence people, make them better or worse.
Of course, Will Smith kids are weird and don’t look like their peers. But no doubt, they are one of most fascinating families in Hollywood!