Posted on Wed May 29th, 2013 10:45am PDT
It's true that the Smiths have made showbiz a family biz, but don't compare them to that family of fame mongers -- the Kardashians.
In an interview with New York magazine, Will Smith laughed off the comparison to the Kardashian family, who he described as exploitative. The question was initially posed to his son Jaden, who is rumored to be dating Kardashian half-sister Kylie Jenner, but Will jumped in and answered instead.
Will said that his family's goal is to be happy, both in their personal and professional lives, not to be famous.
- "For our family, the entire structure of our life, our home, our business relationships -- the entire purpose is for everyone to be able to create in a way that makes them happy. Fame is almost an inconsequential by-product of what we're really trying to accomplish. We are trying to put great things into the world, we're trying to have fun, and we're trying to become the greatest versions of ourselves in the process of doing things we love. So the idea of fame or exploitation or orchestrating the media is sometimes even less than desirable for us."
When asked if his son Jaden could have been a dentist instead of an actor, Will got defensive.
- "It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane. I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that's going be everywhere in the world. He is making a choice from the informed. It's less scary to me than if he wanted to be a dentist in that I couldn't help with what he'd chosen. I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help."
Will and Jaden were promoting their postapocalyptic flick After Earth, which opens in theaters this Friday.
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