Asked by interviewer Pharrell Williams about their biggest inspirations, both teens readily name their parents.
“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,” says Willow, 15, “but literally being face-to-face with these people and saying, ‘I’m no better than you, but the fact that you’re coming to me to reach some sort of enlightenment or to shine a light on something, that makes me feel love and gratitude for you.’ ”
Willow adds that her parents are quick to give back to others, and asserts, “It’s not just about money.”
“What my parents have given to me is not anything that has to do with money or success or anything that society says people should be focusing on – it’s something spiritual that only certain people can grasp and accept,” she concludes. “And that’s how I act and move in the world today.”
Jaden, who recently turned 18, agrees, calling Will and Jada his “biggest role models,” and the source of his inspiration to seek to change the world.
“It all comes from a concept of affecting the world in a positive way and leaving it better than it was than when we came,” he says.
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The high praise comes after Will, 47, joked at Comic-Con earlier this summer that “no matter how cool you think you are, your kids think you suck.”
Willow and Jaden are also bonded closely with each other, not just mom and dad. They tell Williams they’re the yin to each other’s yang.
“Not a lot of siblings have that opportunity, because they’re always being pushed together so much,” Willow says, adding, “It’s crazy, the sibling dynamic.”