10 Interesting Things We Learned From Jaden & Willow Smith's 'New York Times' Interview

10 Interesting Things We Learned From Jaden & Willow Smith's 'New York Times' Interview

It’s seemingly rare that superstar siblings Jaden and Willow Smith give an interview, so we’re basking a bit in this new one with the New York Times.

The 16-year-old rapper/actor and 14-year-old singer opened up to the paper about a ton of topics, including school, music, and their favorite books…in their own words, of course.

Here are 10 interesting things we learned about Jaden and Willow:

1. Their books of choice.

Willow: “Quantum physics. Osho.”
Jaden: “‘The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life’ and ancient texts; things that can’t be pre-dated.”

2. Jaden’s idea of time.

Jaden: “It’s proven that how time moves for you depends on where you are in the universe. It’s relative to beings and other places. But on the level of being here on earth, if you are aware in a moment, one second can last a year. And if you are unaware, your whole childhood, your whole life can pass by in six seconds. But it’s also such a thing that you can get lost in.”

3. Themes that reoccur in Willow’s music.

Willow: “And the feeling of being like, this is a fragment of a holographic reality that a higher consciousness made.”

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4. Willow writes her own novels.

Willow: “That’s what I do with novels. 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.”

5. Willow also likes to climb trees.

Willow: “I like to go to places with my high-fashion things where there are a lot of cameras. So I can just go there and be like, “Yep, yep, I’m looking so sick.” But in my regular life, I put on clothes that I can climb trees in.”

6. They are not fans of school.

Jaden: “Here’s the deal: School is not authentic because it ends. It’s not true, it’s not real. Our learning will never end. The school that we go to every single morning, we will continue to go to.”
Willow: “Forever, ’til the day that we’re in our bed.”

7. They also aren’t big fans of the music out today.

Jaden: “Honestly, we’re just trying to make music that we think is cool. 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?”

8. Jaden thinks sometimes you shouldn’t listen to your own mind.

Jaden: “Because your mind has a duality to it. So when one thought goes into your mind, it’s not just one thought, it has to bounce off both hemispheres of the brain. When you’re thinking about something happy, you’re thinking about something sad. When you think about an apple, you also think about the opposite of an apple. It’s a tool for understanding mathematics and things with two separate realities. But for creativity: That comes from a place of oneness. That’s not a duality consciousness. And you can’t listen to your mind in those times – it’ll tell you what you think and also what other people think.”

9. There are many reasons that breathing is important.

Willow: “Breathing is meditation; life is a meditation. You have to breathe in order to live, so breathing is how you get in touch with the sacred space of your heart.”
Jaden: “When babies are born, their soft spots bump: It has, like, a heartbeat in it. That’s because energy is coming through their body, up and down…It’s prana energy because they still breathe through their stomach. They remember. Babies remember.”

10. They have lofty goals.

Jaden: “I have a goal to be just the most craziest person of all time. And when I say craziest, I mean, like, I want to do like Olympic-level things. I want to be the most durable person on the planet.”
Willow: “I think by the time we’re 30 or 20, we’re going to be climbing as many mountains as we can possibly climb.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK about the things they said in the interview?

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  • The Dude

    They have no idea what the real world is. These two knuckle heads had everything handed to them since they were in Jada’s womb. They have the stupidest thoughts Iv’e ever heard. I hope they do go mountain climbing….and fall off.

  • ResurrectRider

    …i read this…

    • Tiffani Roberts

      All I have to say. YOU AINT GOT THE ANSWERS!!..(in my Kanye West voice) lol omg.. they make Kanye West seem Normal…wts I can tell they read alot of wacko jacko stuff, on theories and science, meditation and all that mumbo jumbo stuff .Here is a thought try reading the Bible you are clearly being misguided. You are confused. You are Young ,Rich and Lost. heres the Good news: you are not by yourself. Many Sinners are..May my lord and Savoir Jesus Christ reveal himself to you and help you find your way. This is not for Resurrect rider not sure how that happened

  • Sliquid

    i guess once you hit a certain monetary status it just doesnt matter how you raise or what you teach your kids anymore…this is just odd, especially for them to be so young and naive..

  • Dave

    Oh my with the pretentious responses. The worst part is, I think they actually believe all that stuff they are shoveling yet don;t smell how bad it stinks.

    I guess it’s tough keeping perspective when your parents are two superstars, but it seems no perspective has been given. I write the novels I read! I enjoy quantum physics for pleasure reading at 15! Educating us all on aspects of time and energy (child prana energy…)! Yeah, you’re not trying to impress anyone….slow your roll kids.

    • Curly3

      I so agree with you @Dave. Very pretentious, indeed.

  • John Doe Though

    I think they’re a couple of teenagers who, just like anyone else at their age, are struggling to find an identity of their own and had the misfortune of being interviewed about it by a national “news” outlet (how many 14 year old outlooks on life have you heard or even cared about recently?) Son and daughter of the Fresh Prince, how do you top that? By outfitting bat-shit crazy existentialism as a rebellious hipster persona.They’ll find their way back out of the rabbit hole eventually

  • Josiah Eaves

    Honestly? Jaden has a point on duality of the mind. Of course that’s the dynamics of emotions, you can’t experience happiness without knowing what sadness is. We distinguish things from what they are not, not what they are. afterall.

  • guest69

    i believe, if this is legit, for their age, they are already very wise. Insightful people in our generation is really hard to find anymore. they’re interesting in a whimsical and mysterious way.

  • TC

    I really thought with their parents these two would be a little more down to earth. I realize they are young but they sound like idiots. I hope daddies money never runs out because they wouldn’t make it in the real world.