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Willow Smith: Mom and Dad Inspired Me to Be A Performer!

Willow Smith: Mom and Dad Inspired Me to Be A Performer!

Willow Smith takes a lunch break in a cute new photo for W magazine.

Here’s what the the 10-year-old pop sensation had to share:

On her musical influences: “I like the way Billy Idol sings. Mommy turned me on to him. And I like Lady Gaga’s songs.”

On still needing mom’s approval: “I can’t do whatever I want. Mommy has to say it’s okay.”

On having performing in her DNA: “Mommy and Daddy inspired me to be a performer. I get my flow from Daddy, my singing ability from Mommy, and the camera stuff from both. That’s just what happens when you hang out with the Smiths!”

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40 Responses to “Willow Smith: Mom and Dad Inspired Me to Be A Performer!”

  1. 1
    isis Says:

    She’s a cutie! She can hold her own during an interview, very intelligent little girl.

  2. 2
    boston61 Says:

    The BOUGHT your career honey. We all know the truth. You represent everything that is wrong with America today.

  3. 3
    Meg Says:

    I hate it when famous parents get their untalented kids acting/entertainment jobs when there are actually countless talented kids with non-famous parents that never get a fair shot. They should be ashamed!

  4. 4
    Franck Says:

    “Willow Smith: Mom and Dad Inspired Me to Be A Performer!”

    Willow Smith: Mom and Dad Sold Me to Be A Performer!
    This is the sad reality honey!!!! Go home and enjoy your chilhood till it last.

  5. 5
    MlleF Says:

    “Willow Smith: Mom and Dad Inspired Me to Be A Performer!”

    No Way….lol

    I Used to reaaaaally looooooooooooooooove Will Smith, I remember my teenage in front of the fresh prince….

    but now, I don’t now…something is going a little wrong in everything he do…

  6. 6
    Wicked ho Says:

    She got her singing ability from
    The front woman of a hardcore/ head bashing/ devil music band? Wicked wisdom? Yeah, okay, jada. Lol

  7. 7
    George W Says:

    Mom and Dad need to get over themselves and stop force feeding us their ‘next generation’,I’ve had enough already!

  8. 8
    marq Says:

    This prodigy is already in the stratosphere I cannot even begin to understand the audience laughing at the homage paid to Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair, by Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen’s cover of her hit song, recently:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhFh-JqQuMg

  9. 9
    ka-blamo Says:

    Errr, uh, well at least her hair looks better here.

  10. 10
    TXpert Says:

    Willow Smith is a talented little girl whose parents are Hollywood actors..singers..producers. If she wants to join family buisness and has her parent’s approval it’s no one’s biz expect theirs.

    She happens to hold a tune better than some of people I’e seen and she has stage presence. Good for her. I’m sure when Llyod Bridges, The Sheens, The Fondas and every other entertainment family spread their talent they met the same criticism from naysayers.

    I say go for it…and BTW…Jada and Will are east coast kids with street smarts …I doubt they’d take any sh–t from likes of haters on this board.

  11. 11
    lily Says:

    she’s a kid, leave her alone. let her have fun.

  12. 12
    Park Says:

    does no one else find it funny how she is holding a hamburger? while burger, fries and pop (generally fast food) are what kids usually love most, willow appears to be quite mature for her age. she is the opposite of what burger, fries and pop represent. not to mention that she does not look like she even eats at all…she is a stick.

  13. 13
    vince Says:

    does no one else find it funny how she is holding a hamburger? while burger, fries and pop (generally fast food) are what kids usually love most, willow appears to be quite mature for her age. she is the opposite of what burger, fries and pop represent. not to mention that she does not look like she even eats at all…she is a stick.

  14. 14
    J Says:

    In a few years she’ll be in rehab and afterward will give interviews about how she was never allowed to be a child etc. Wait and see.

  15. 15
    colina Says:

    @Park: Yeah, this is supposed to be a “lunch break” shot? Doubt it. It’s just another planned head shot to make her look like a “regular kid.”

  16. 16
    JR Says:

    @marq:

    of course you cannot understand, Marq, because you are stupid…”This prodigy is already in the stratosphere”…LOL…she is not in the stratosphere…and, the whole *POINT* with the Parody is we and the audience are *LAUGHING* at her song, not with her. Because it is such a stupid, pointless, repetitive song. (that she did not even have any hand in writing) It wasn’t an *HOMAGE* stupid…it was a parody. Big difference. An homage is done to something you admire. Clearly everyone was laughing at the humor of one of the greatest legends of music, (Fallon as the inimitable Neil Young) singing such a stupid tune in his legendary style. I cannot stand Jimmy Fallon, but that was awesome.

  17. 17
    jen Says:

    Still wondering when this kid will have time to be a KID. God, she is just a 10 years old!

  18. 18
    Anna Says:

    You people sicken me. If you had the same resources as Willow’s parents hell you would support what your child has to do. It’s not like Will and JAda are singing for Willow. She has to still work hard, learn choreo, etc. I mean Ellen did you not see that?Baby girl can SING,REAL TALENT!I didn’t see Jada or Will pop up during the interview?So how do people say she’s being pimped.Pleeaasse!She is having fun and doing what SHE wants to do she’s not being forced. Willow whip your hair at those haters!!While you hate on a 10 yr old she’s making $$$$ every second!Go head girl!

  19. 19
    Anna Says:

    *I meant wanted to do* sorry

  20. 20
    marq Says:

    @JR: Apparently so stupid, that every time I listen to this performance, tears well up in my eyes.

    It is an epic song. Even as parody, it needed to be played straight and not clowned, and i’m glad that for the most part they did.

    If indeed, “stupid”, which is arguable, I nevertheless posit that those that bring up Willow Smith’s age as a negative, are themselves age bigots.

    She is nothing less than extraordinary.

  21. 21
    marq Says:

    @JR: Apparently so stupid, that every time I listen to this performance, tears well up in my eyes.

    It is an epic song. Even as parody, it needed to be played straight and not clowned, and i’m glad that for the most part they did.

    If indeed, “stupid”, which is arguable, I nevertheless posit that those that bring up Willow Smith’s age as a negative, are themselves age bigots.

    She is nothing less than extraordinary.

  22. 22
    wild Says:

    She belongs on the child’s website not this one!

  23. 23
    marq Says:

    @wild: I don’t see that Jared’s offered a poll, but if he did, I would vote her on both sites. She’s remarkable.

  24. 24
    missy Says:

    little freak didn’t fall far from the freak tree!

  25. 25
    good-one Says:

    “In spite of difference of soil and climate, of language and manners, of laws and customs, in spite of things silently gone out of mind and things violently destroyed, the Poet binds together by passion and knowledge the vast empire of human society, as it is spread over the whole earth, and over all time. The objects of the Poet’s thoughts are every where; though the eyes and senses of man are, it is true, his favorite guides, yet he will follow wheresoever he can find an atmosphere of sensation in which to move his wings. Poetry is the first and last of all knowledge–it is as immortal as the heart of man.”
    ~~ William Wordsworth, “Preface to Lyrical Ballads”

  26. 26
    Lalalove Says:

    too cute.

  27. 27
    JR Says:

    @marq:

    LOL…then you are indeed stupid…you have tears welling up in your eyes, watching Jimmy Fallon, pretending to be Neil Young, with Bruce Springsteen mocking the song?

    Do you not notice how hard everyone is laughing at the stupidity of the words “get my swag on”? or “keep the party jumpin?” Do 9 year old girls hop out of bed to get their swag on, and keep the party jumpin? LOL.

    An epic song? LOL…you are a total clown. It’s a disposable pop song, sung by a 9 year old, using autotune, that just repeats “I whip my hair back and forth” 100 times.

    You need to listen to some better music.

    They did not “play it straight”, you idiot…it was a *PARODY*. The whole thing was a joke…why else do you think Jimmy Fallon was *PRETENDING* to be Neil Young? That was the jyst of the humor and why the audience was laughing at it… that an artist as amazing and deep as Neil Young, would be singing such a shallow, stupid song with absurd lyrics, in such a mock serious way.

    Age bigots? LOL….oh yeah…she is extraordinary…her parents paid someone to write a repetitive, stupid, mindless pop tune for her, and she had to sing it using autotune. Laughable.

    Michael Jackson was extraordinary at 9. Willow, like her brother, is merely the beneficiary of rich, famous parents, who can afford to *MAKE* their kids famous, by buying them in to the limelight, then paying for and stirring up the hype.

    Go listen to some good music for a change, stupid….your views are laughable.

  28. 28
    good-one Says:

    @JR: I love talent. I thought I was listening to Neil Young, Jimmy Fallon was that good, and my ears and heart faked out my eyes. Rolling Stone has a fine article on the genesis of the performance. I love both versions of the song, the Willow Smith original, and the cover.

    Yes, Michael Jackson was extraordinary at 9.

    Just out of curiosity, JR, how would you answer the Proust Questionnaire, used by such notables as Inside The Actors Studio and Vanity Fair?

  29. 29
    marq Says:

    @good-one: Why didn’t you comment on Willow Smith on JJJr.?

  30. 30
    megg Says:

    She definitely will be an ICON of POP music.

  31. 31
    Erika Says:

    Love the picture XD

  32. 32
    danii Says:

    Very odd looking child…………………hardly cute at all.

    JJ places her on the main site because of the polarizing nature of a 9 year old being exploited by parents that are so divorced from reality.

    Stop responding to posts about this kid. Their publicity team is on this board and all others like it, posing as real people. That’s just the way it works in 2010.

  33. 33
    anonomys Says:

    Aww how cute ;) lol “mommy and daddy” …lol

    ok…….how the heck do you guys know if their parents were “forcing” them into show business?? Maybe they wanted to on their own, and their parents are supporting them… I swear every time a really famous parents’ kids start to become somebody and their own person, everyone starts hating and ASSUMING (because we don’t know, do you know them personally?) that the parents are forcing their kids into show business and taking their money…. We dont know for sure… we dont know them personally…. -_- … Anyway, can we cut the negativity for once?? -_- lol

  34. 34
    anonomys Says:

    @JR:

    well gee…. You’re polite….. -_- lol you can disagree with someone and correct them still in a respectful manner…. o wait you might lack manners… sorry… that’s sad… I’m not saying this is a tea party here and we’re all supposed to agree with each other lol but You can at least not act and sound like a troll….. -_-

  35. 35
    Zoe Says:

    she’s a little too much! their kids have been led to believe that they are some sort of child prodigies, when in fact they just have over inflated egos! :|

  36. 36
    Clear Says:

    omg – another contrived act / offspring from a hollywood couple, in this case a professional couple arrangment we all know – wink, wink!! She’ll make some forgettable downloads, then some bad movies before rehab.

  37. 37
    anonyme Says:

    OMG vraiment ces parent me tapent sur le systèm nerveux mais putain elle a que 10 ans elle fait gaur j’ai 20ans. non non désolé mais c pas comme ca !!!

  38. 38
    Kenni Says:

    dude really???? why is everybody hating on her!!!!!!! she’s nine and your probably what thirty??? i bet if your parents were famous you would be doing the same thing as her so back off she’s just a little kid. this just shows how sad the world is for grown folks to pick on a child.

  39. 39
    marq Says:

    @Kenni: Another clue is that hate posts seem to get high scores, Go figure.

  40. 40
    Andrew_81 Says:

    Isn’t there some law about when a child can start working? If she is saying mommy and daddy in interviews she isn’t old enough to work imo.

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