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Willow and Jaden Smith rarely pop up in the pop culture news but when they do, it’s for the right reasons. What’s so uncanny and at the same time lovable about these siblings is that they always sound far far older than their years.
Jaden (18) and Willow (15) had a Q&A session with Pharell for the September cover story of Interview magazine and somehow it feels like it’s our benevolent ancestors bestowing knowledge on ours from on high rather than two teenagers with a different view of the world.
Here are the highlights from their session with Pharell
Willow is all for social media that makes a difference
“[Jaden and I] want to utilize social media to elevate the consciousness of those people who feel like all they want from social media is to be famous. [Laughs] Like, you can actually be a voice. You can actually say something that’s inspiring and not just make people feel like you need to buy things and be a certain way…. And you find yourself randomly going on your phone for no reason, randomly doing things. It becomes compulsive, and you have to start asking yourself, “Whoa, what is the real reason for me checking my Instagram every five minutes? What is the real reason for me posting this photo right now?” I never want to do things impulsively that have no meaning or intent, especially on social media”
Jaden is NOT going to tell you when he’s in New York
“How people look at us in public is not how we actually are in private. It’s just that we choose not to tell everyone everything. Like, okay, I’m in New York right now. I’m not posting an emoji of a plane on Instagram, like, ‘New York.’ I don’t want anyone to know that I’m here in New York. And by the time this comes out, I won’t be. We don’t like people to really know what’s happening with us or what we’re into. The only thing that we want to keep people updated with is that we want to keep the kids that are following us, the kids that are looking up to us updated on what we’re learning and what we’re thinking about life.”
They don’t get mad at each other… anymore
Jaden: “We never really felt competitive because Willow’s always been better than me at everything. There’s been no competition. . . .It happened so that me and Willow were able to go through every level or different section of life that we wanted to. If we wanted to act, we could act. If we wanted to dance, we were dancing. And we could do it on the level that we wanted to do it. So there was no, like, ‘I’m mad at you.’ Well, we would get mad at each other when we were young, but that stopped when we were, like, 9″
Photography: Steven Klein
Stylist: Karl Temper