Jaden and Willow Smith: The Shakespearean interview

“Whip My Hair”: a great thing. Evolution. / When I look back on it, I think, “Wow.”

 

Cooper Fleishman

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Published Nov 17, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 4:47 am CDT

THE TIMES:

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Willow, Jaden, what have you been reading?

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JADEN:

“The Ancient Secret of the Flow’r of Life”

And ancient texts, or things that cannot be

Pre-dated; and my sister, Willow, reads

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Quantum physics. Osho. 

     THE TIMES: Curious. 

 

WILLOW: 

And time, you see, I make it change its course—

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Slow or fast, it goes howe’er I please—

And that is how I know it exists not.

JADEN:

Time’s movement depends on your universe.

 

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It’s relative to us and other places.

But on the lev’l of being here on Earth,

It’s proven—if you’re aware in a moment,

One second literally lasts a year.

 

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And if you’re unaware, your childhood—

Your whole life—can pass by in several seconds.

But it is also such a thing that you

Can get completely lost in.

     WILLOW: Because living.

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JADEN:

Exactly—it’s because you have to live.

There is a physicist inside our minds

And you can talk and talk, but it’s living.

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WILLOW: 

It is the action of it.

     JADEN: P.C.H.

 

The melancholiness of the ocean;

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The melancholy of everything else.

WILLOW:

This is a fragment of a holographic

Reality made by a consciousness,

 

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A higher being—

     JADEN: Sis, you make me laugh! 

That is one thing the whole world took away.

Another step of honesty unlocked.

They all can be more honest. So shall we.

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WILLOW:

I’m caring less about what you all think.

I’m caring less of what my own mind thinks.

Sometimes that is the thing that makes you sad.

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JADEN:

Exactly. Your mind has duality.

 

When one thought goes deep into your mind,

It isn’t just one thought. It has to bounce

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Off both hemispheres of your working brain.

 

O! When you think about an apple, red—

You also think about its opposite:

A tool for understanding mathematics

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And things with two unique realities.

 

Creative spir’t comes from a place of oneness.

That’s not a duality consciousness.

And you cannot listen to your own mind—

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It tells you what to think. 

     WILLOW: It’s dangerous.

 

“Whip My Hair”: a great thing. Evolution.

When I look back on it, I think, “Wow.”

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I did so much for young black girls and girls

Around the world. Telling them not to be

 

Afraid to be themselves. It’s coming from

Source energy and universal truths. 

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Out in the world so everyone can judge me—

It’s part of me. It’s my artistic journey.

 

JADEN:

And that’s another thing. “What is your job?

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What’s your career?” I say this: Nah, I am.

I’m going to imprint my own whole self

On everything in this artistic world.

 

We try to make music we think is cool.

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A lot of music out there isn’t cool.

 

WILLOW:

That’s what I do with novels. There are no

Novels I like to read. I write my own.

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And then I read them all over again.

It’s the best thing.

     JADEN: She was a bard at 6.

 

WILLOW: 

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We figured out our voices sound like chocolate.

As good as chocolate tastes, it sounds that good.

 

JADEN:

Willow just dropped a song. Aye, let me quote:

“I do not care what people say.” Preach, Sis.

I like to wear things that I make, but I

Just throw it on. It does look cool, sometimes.

 

WILLOW:

I’m like, “Yep, yep, I’m looking so sick!” But:

I put on clothes that I can climb trees in.

 

JADEN:

What is worth having? A canvas, paint, a mic—

Anything you shock somebody with.

To change a thing, my god, you have to shock it.

To change society, you have to shock them.

 

WILLOW:

Breathing is meditation, as is life.

You have to breathe in order to survive.

Breathing is how you get in touch with it—

I mean the sacred space that is your heart. 

 

JADEN:

When babies are born, their soft spots bump.

It has, like, a heartbeat inside it.

That is because energy is coming

Through their body, sideways, up and down.

 

WILLOW:

Prana energy.

     JADEN: Their stomachs breathe.

They remember. Always, babies remember.

 

WILLOW: 

On their stomachs, babes are so aware, 

Putting their ligaments and bones together.

But, alas, they’re shocked by this harsh world.

 

JADEN: 

By chemicals and things, and then, slowly—

WILLOW: 

As they grow up, indeed, they start losing.

JADEN:

You know, they become just like you and me.

 

THE TIMES:

Let’s talk about the unlearning of things,

The hardest education. What is school?

 

JADEN:

School is not authentic, ’cause it ends.

The school we go to every single morning, 

We will continue. Learning never ends.

WILLOW:

Forever, till the day we’re in our bed.

 

JADEN:

Normal kids are so teenager-y.

So angsty. You don’t learn a thing in school.

Think about all the car accidents.

Driver’s ed? What’s up? I haven’t been.

 

WILLOW:

I went to school for exactly a year.

It was the best and worst experience.

“Oh, now I know why kids are so depressed,” 

I thought. Gods! But I too was depressed.

 

JADEN:

I want to do Olympic-level things.

I want to be the world’s most durable,

The most craziest person of all time—

WILLOW:

Climb every single mountain we can climb.

 

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*First Published: Nov 17, 2014, 10:05 pm CST