Will Smith's daughter, Willow, has dropped out of
the big-screen "Annie" reboot, and on Saturday at Philly's Temple University, he
explained why. He told the audience of "Real Talk With Sister Souljah and Will
Smith" that his high-profile daughter really wants to act her age.
"Willow was supposed to be doing 'Annie,'" he said. "We got Jay-Z to do
the movie, got the studio to come in, and Willow had such a difficult time on
tour with 'Whip My Hair' and she said, 'You know, Daddy, I don't think so,' and
I said, 'Baby, hold up!' I said, 'No, no, no, listen, you'll be in New York with
all of your friends and Beyoncé 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
The Smith clan has been in creative career overdrive, with 2010 alone packed
with the release of "Whip My Hair," "The Karate Kid," "Hawthorne" and the Nobel
Concert when Barack Obama won his Nobel Peace Prize. This summer, Will's sci-fi
movie with son Jaden, "After Earth," hits theaters.
"Don't be clapping yet; that wears you out," continued Will. "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. 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."
He continued, "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. 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."
So it looks like Willow will slow things down a bit for now and just focus on
being a kid. Lesson learned, Will, lesson learned.
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