“It’s funny,” she laughs, adding, “They’re not around, but they are!”
With Trey living five minutes away from Will and Jada, and with Jaden, 18, and Willow, 16, busy traveling the globe for their own career endeavors, you can guarantee to find the children at the Smith home when they’re in town.
And when they’re not with her, she can expect a phone call from the kids. “I don’t even have time to miss them! Willow loves to call me every day, and even Jaden, when he’s away on set, still needs to see Will and I when he gets homesick,” she says. (Jaden has been away filming Life in a Year up in Toronto).
Both Jaden and Willow have spoken about their strong bond with their parents in the past — even calling them their biggest inspiration.
“Growing up, all I saw was my parents trying to be the best people they could be, and people coming to them for wisdom, coming to them for guidance, and them not putting themselves on a pedestal,” said Willow.
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The actress also opened up about her new film, Girl Trip, a comedy about four friends — played by Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah and Smith — who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Plenty of hilarious hijinks ensue, but Smith says the film also has deeper themes of female empowerment.
“We talk a lot about how society treats us and men treat us, but we don’t focus enough on how we treat each other,” she explains. “Rather than fighting each other and pushing each other down, we need to be promoting each other! As far as female empowerment goes, it’d be nice to pay a bit more attention to that.”