Talk about reading material! Celebrity siblings Willow and Jaden Smith got candid in an interview with The New York Times posted on Monday, and they offered an interesting perspective on everything from the concept of time to teen rituals like driver’s ed. The offspring of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith also seem to think they can control time, and they dished that since most of today’s music and books really aren’t up to their standards, they just write their own.
“Honestly, we’re just trying to make music that we think is cool,” Jaden, 16, revealed on why he and his sis create their own material. “We don’t think a lot of the music out there is that cool. So we make our own music. We don’t have any song that we like to listen to on the P.C.H. by any other artist, you know?”
The teen actor and musician’s sister added that they use the same concept when it comes to their reading material. “That’s what I do with novels,” Willow, 14, said. “There’re no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it’s the best thing.” The “Whip My Hair” singer has reportedly been writing her own novels since she was six years old.
Of course, they know they can’t create everything, so Jaden admitted that “something worth buying” to him is Apple’s Final Cut Pro or Logic. His sister added she she’s open to buying artistic materials like “a canvas, paint, a microphone.”
The duo also offered a Hollywood perspective on traditional schooling. “Here’s the deal: School is not authentic because it ends,” Jaden reasoned. “It’s not true, it’s not real. Our learning will never end. … Kids who go to normal school are so teenagery, so angsty.”
While Willow chimed in that regular teens are “so tired” and “never want to do anything,” her bro went a step further by slamming the all-important ritual of driver’s education.“You never learn anything in school,” he said. “Think about how many car accidents happen every day. Driver’s ed? What’s up? I still haven’t been to driver’s ed because if everybody I know has been in an accident, I can’t see how driver’s ed is really helping them out.”
Willow Smith described her one-year stint at school “the best experience but the worst experience.” “The best experience because I was, like, ‘Oh, now I know why kids are so depressed,’’ she said. “But it was the worst experience because I was depressed.”
Last year, Jaden Smith sat down for an interview with Metro, where the “The Karate Kid” star made it clear he is not your typical teen. “Other teenagers go to parties and sometimes I be like, ‘Why am I here right now?’ And most of the time, I just leave right then and there.”
Willow and Jaden’s famous parents have often been slammed for their unconventional parenting style. Last year, Will Smith told Haute Living that his style of parenting is very similar to that of his parents’, “minus the concept of ownership,” and that he and Jada treat their kids as adults. It seems the couple’s plan is working, because their kids definitely don’t seem like typical teens. Or typical adults, for that matter.