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Jaden Smith: Q&A

Will Smith’s son plays the new ”Karate Kid”

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Why He Looks Familiar
The 11-year-old son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith costarred with his dad in 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness and appeared in the 2008 sci-fi flick The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Wax On, Wax Off
”I’ve done karate since I was about 4,” says Smith. ”When I was younger, I was like, ‘I want to be trained by Jackie Chan.’ And now here I am doing a movie with him!” Of his three-hour daily training regimen, Smith says, ”The hardest thing was probably the stretching. I’d cry sometimes, it was so painful.”

Chip Off the Old Block
“I’ve always wanted to be an actor,” says Smith, who has been acting professionally since age 6. ”My parents said, ‘You can pick your career, do whatever you want to do. Now, if you mess up, don’t blame it on us.”’

Up Next
Smith doesn’t have his next project lined up. ”Not yet,” he says. ”But soon.”

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