Family business

Hollywood star will Smith is sure that his 12-year-old actor son Jaden will be able to cope with the pressures of his new-found fame because he’s already used to life in Hollywood.

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Published: Sun 18 Jul 2010, 8:04 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 12:39 PM

Jaden touched his moment of glory after starring alongside Jackie Chan in a remake of The Karate Kid, which was co-produced by his father with mother Jada Pinkett Smith. His parents aren’t concerned about Jaden being thrust into the spotlight, insisting he won’t have the same pressures that other child stars have to face, reports “He grew up in this industry so it’s not foreign to him.

He understands that this is a family business. He didn’t have the shock and the radical life change that child actors usually have coming into the business. Child stars are generally broken by the pressure of being the breadwinner of a household at 14 or 16 years old. I hope that we have a bit of handle on it. We’re focusing very closely and paying attention to his energy and his desire and his love for it,” said Will.

Added Pinkett Smith, “One of the advantages that Jaden has, that a lot of child stars don’t have, is that his parents have been doing this for a long time - so we really understand the industry and the dos and don’ts. When your dad is still the biggest movie star in the world it keeps everything really grounded. He won’t be paying any bills any time soon.”

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