Jaden Smith: Wonderfully Misunderstood
It’s no new news that the Smith children are creative new-Hollywood celebrities on a totally other level. I mean, come on. Willow Smith was just nine years old when “Whip My Hair” took over the world. That was in 2010. Six years later, the 15-year-old singer, actress, and dancer still has an 11:30 curfew. How’s that for parenting skills?
And parenting certainly plays a large role in Willow and Jaden’s creative endeavors. In an interview on being a dad to Jaden, Will Smith said:
“You know, there’s a really powerful internal quality as an artist that as parents we encourage… As a parent it’s scary, it’s really terrifying, but [Jaden] is completely willing to live and die by his own artistic decisions and he just doesn’t concern himself with what people think. He is 100 percent fearless.”
So where has this fearlessness landed 18-year-old Jaden? In a recent interview with Variety, Smith bared all on his gender-bending fashion sense, his sexually-ambiguous role in the new Netflix series The Get Down, and how he hopes his creative endeavors can help inspire young non-conformers everywhere.
But all this individuality hasn’t come without a cost for Jaden: “I always knew no one was going to understand me,” he explains.