‘I DON’T FEEL LIKE A GROWN­UP YET’

Hol­ly­wood ac­tor­singer, Jaden Smith on his tran­si­tion from a child ac­tor to a grown­up, his love for mu­sic and his new al­bum

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Just 19, Jaden Smith is al­ready di­ver­si­fy­ing his ta­lent by dab­bling in mul­ti­ple spheres. Other than act­ing in films, he is a rap­per and even has his own clothes line. The star kid de­buted with his fa­ther ac­tor Will Smith in The Pur­suit Of Hap­py­ness (2006), and later did films such as The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008), The Karate Kid (2010) and After Earth (2013) with his fa­ther again. Cur­rently, Jaden is look­ing for­ward to the re­lease of his new al­bum. In an ex­clu­sive chat, he spoke to HT Café about be­ing a star kid and jug­gling many av­enues in his ca­reer.

Other than act­ing, you are known for sing­ing and rap­ping as well. But per­son­ally, what in­ter­ests you the most?

It de­pends a lot on what you are work­ing on and when you are work­ing on it. If I was mak­ing a Bol­ly­wood film, I would say I like act­ing bet­ter, be­cause that is some­thing I re­ally want to do. If not, I would say I like mak­ing mu­sic bet­ter be­cause then I get to go on tours. I think creativ­ity comes to a per­son in so many dif­fer­ent ways, that’s why it’s im­por­tant to bal­ance so many things.

Be­ing a star kid, do you take ad­vice from your par­ents about ca­reer de­ci­sions?

Yes, I do take ca­reer opin­ions from my par­ents. Not only my par­ents but also the peo­ple around me that I have worked with. I lis­ten to el­ders, in gen­eral, as they have been through things that I haven’t and I might [in the fu­ture]. So, then it all be­comes eas­ier for me. You know it (be­ing a star kid) was very dif­fer­ent and I can’t com­pare it to any­thing else, be­cause it’s all I have ever known. It is def­i­nitely very dif­fi­cult but I just want to use this bless­ing to re­ally make other peo­ple’s lives eas­ier and spread light to other peo­ple.

How has your tran­si­tion been from do­ing roles as a child and roles as a grown­up?

The tran­si­tion has been pretty easy. I don’t feel that I am that much of a grown-up yet, be­cause I am only 19, and I don’t think I have taken that big leap yet. Per­haps, by the time I am 23, I will know. I started act­ing when I was 8 and I just turned 19, so I don’t re­ally know how dif­fer­ent it feels. Though I do feel as a grown-up be­cause now we work a lot more hours than we used to as a kid.

Your new al­bum is re­leas­ing in Novem­ber. Tell us some­thing about it?

It is some­thing that peo­ple, es­pe­cially young peo­ple, around the world can re­ally con­nect to. It is about be­ing young and how dif­fi­cult it can be some­times, es­pe­cially when you don’t have peo­ple and friends around you to talk to, and peo­ple get that. It’s like a young emo­tional al­bum; it’s about the to­day’s young lot, so you know I’m re­ally happy about its idea.

If I was mak­ing a Bol­ly­wood film, I would say I like act­ing bet­ter, be­cause that is some­thing I re­ally want to do. If not, I would say I like mak­ing mu­sic bet­ter be­cause then I get to go on tours. JADEN SMITH, AC­TOR­SINGER

What do you re­mem­ber about shoot­ing for The Karate Kid (2010)? I just re­mem­ber liv­ing in Bei­jing, China for about four months and not be­ing able to be home or study. Jackie Chan taught me a lot and it was a lot of fun shoot­ing the The Karate Kid (To cel­e­brate Chil­dren’s Day, Jaden’s The Karate Kid will air on Sony PIX). It was tough be­ing so young and away from home. It was dif­fi­cult, although ex­cit­ing as well, to learn karate and kung fu which was new for me. Have you been to In­dia? I have not but I have heard a lot about In­dia. I am plan­ning to visit In­dia at around the be­gin­ning of next year. It will be a per­sonal visit and should be fun. I want to hang out and get a feel of the place.

Jaden Smith

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