In 10 Years, Willow and Jaden Smith Would Like to Live in the Mountains and Be One With Nature
"I see myself … in a tent cooking a squirrel," Will Smith's daughter said in a new joint interview with her brother.
Willow and Jaden Smith grace the cover of the latest issue of Interview magazine, and the accompanying story has the two siblings speaking with Pharrell Williams about a variety of topics.
Williams asked Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's son and daughter where they see themselves in 10 years.
"Gone," replied Jaden, 18. "I see myself in the mountains somewhere in a tent cooking a squirrel," said Willow, 15, laughing.
Jaden offered up that Willow wouldn't eat a squirrel, she'd be "surviving off grass in the morning."
"I want to retreat back to living off the land and just being in nature, experiencing life in the most pure, natural way possible," responded Willow, and Jaden agreed.
The siblings also talked about the influence their parents have had on them, racism and police-involved deaths and the bond they share.
Below are some highlights from their interview with Williams.
On their parents:
"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 something, that makes me feel love and gratitude for you.' They always give back what people give to them. [...] 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
"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. [...]. Where me and Willow come from, a lot of it is trying to make society more efficient, so that kids don't cry, like, 'Why do I have to go to school?' Instead, kids are like, 'Yeah! I'm so glad to go to school! I'm a better person than I was yesterday, and I can help people.' That's we're trying to get to. Where every kid goes to school, and like 50 percent of children don't drop out. Where they feel like their teachers are actually on their side. Or they feel like law enforcement is actually on their side. We want to create a society that is working for us and with us — and we're working for society, not against it." — Jaden
On police brutality:
"I read [the Bible-inspired novel] The Red Tent by Anita Diamant a couple weeks ago, and that book really made me cry. It put me in the place of gratitude for my sisters and mothers that have come before me, because it's rough out here. Like, racism ... People are dying at the moment because of unconscious cops. And I just had to take a moment to grieve for the world. But sexism is also a huge problem in society. And that book really opened my eyes to a whole other world of insanity and humanity. " — Willow
On their bond as siblings:
"It's crazy, the sibling dynamic. I could've spent my entire childhood like, 'I have to love this person.' And it becomes a chore. But our parents were never like, 'You have to love them.' It was more like, 'You have your life. He has his life. And when you guys want to come together, when you guys want to commune, that's up to you.' And 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."
"We never really felt competitive because Willow's always been better than me at everything. There's been no competition. [...] We never got upset because we could always do the same thing. 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." — Jaden