Pharrell Williams recently sat down with siblings Jaden & Wilow Smith for the September issue of Interview magazine.
Here’s what the 18-year-old actor/rapper and 15-year-old singer had to share with the mag:
On The Lessons They Learned from their Parent Will and Jada Smith:
“Growing up, all I saw was my parents trying to be the best people they could be, and people coming to them for wisdom, coming to them for guidance, and them not putting themselves on a pedestal, but literally being face-to-face with these people and saying, ‘I’m no better than you, but the fact that you’re coming to me to reach some sort of enlightenment or to shine a light on some-thing, that makes me feel love and gratitude for you,'” Willow explained to Pharrell Williams for the September issue of Interview.
“They always give back what people give to them. And sometimes they keep giving and giving and giving. And some people don’t feel like they need to give anything back because it’s like, ‘Oh, if you’re famous, you can just keep giving, and it doesn’t matter.'”
On Why Their parents are their biggest role models:
“It’s not just about money. It’s not just about giving people gifts or whatever. What my parents have given to me is not anything that has to do with money or success or anything that society says people should be focusing on—it’s something spiritual that only certain people can grasp and accept. And that’s how I act and move in the world today,” Willow continued.
“I 100 percent agree,” Jaden echoed. “My parents are definitely my biggest role models. And that’s where me and Willow both pull all of our inspiration from to change the world. It all comes from a concept of affecting the world in a positive way and leaving it better than it was than when we came.”
Willow and Jaden on their close relationship:
“Throughout us realizing ourselves and realizing each other, we just opened our eyes and were like, ‘Damn, you are the yin to my yang.’ Not a lot of siblings have that opportunity, because they’re always being pushed together so much. They need their time apart in order to realize themselves and realize who they are.”
When Pharrell asked Jaden where he sees himself in 10 years:
The 18-year-old simply responded “Gone.” Willow chimed in to say she could “see myself in the mountains somewhere in a tent cooking a squirrel. Yeah, bro! I want to retreat back to living off the land and just being in nature, experiencing life in the most pure, natural way possible.”
Read the full excerpts here