Mega movie star Will Smith says his 12-year-old daughter Willow has decided to take a break from the family career.
While attending “Real Talk with Sister Souljah and Will Smith” at Philadelphia’s Temple University last weekend, the actor, 44, revealed why his daughter pulled out of the upcoming musical film Annie.
“Willow was supposed to be doing Annie,” Will said. “We got Jay-Z to do the movie [and] got the studio to come in. [But] Willow had such a difficult time on tour with ‘Whip my Hair’ and she said, ‘You know Daddy, I don’t think so,’” the entertainer recalled. “I said, ‘Baby, hold up! I said no, no, no. Listen, you’ll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyonce will be there. You will be singing and dancing.’ And she looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.’”
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum then realized that his little girl with wife Jada Pinkett Smith had a good point.
“I’m really learning through Willow the necessity that we have to snap ourselves back and refocus on the emotional needs of the people that we love,” the father to Willow and sons Jaden, 14, and Trey, 20, added. “Someone’s emotional needs can be very very different from your dreams and what you think they should be doing and where they are supposed to be.”
“The thing that had become very clear to me is the danger of a material world and focusing so hard on coming up with money or a house or a job,” he added. “You focus so hard on those things, and sometimes you can lose focus on why you are doing it in the first place. The only reason to do any of that is to have love.
But Will’s youngest son certainly hasn’t abandoned showbiz. Will and Jaden are co-starring in the upcoming action-adventure sci-fi film, After Earth, set to hit theaters this June.