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Willow’s ‘Whip My Hair’ Success — Jada Saw it Coming

Willow Smith 'Whip My Hair' cover

Talk about bursting into stardom!  With Willow Smith’s catchy “Whip My Hair” video burning up the internet this week, it’s safe to say mama Jada Pinkett Smith saw it coming.

Back at the beginning of summer, she tipped us that Willow had a music project on the way that was really going to be something.

“Willow is explosive, she’s all energy,” Jada explains.  “She’s like her father in that way – very extroverted.  She deals with the public like Will does – but her creative sensibilities are very much like mine.  Very unconventional.”
Indeed.  Willow’s already being hailed as a style maker, what with such eye-catching fashion flourishes as the chrome band she sports around her ear and what look like lip and eyelid piercings.  (No, no, no…..!)  Willow’s radio comment about being interested in working with Lady Gaga has been picked up by outlets all around the world.

You may recall that when the Smiths were in China for the making of son Jaden’s “Karate Kid” film, Willow fell in love with the culture to the extent she took up  Mandarin – and continued learning the language back in Los Angeles so she could speak it better when the family returned to China for the movie’s premiere.

Hard to believe she doesn’t even turn 10 until Halloween

Jada Pinkett Smith Not Worried About Impact of Stardom on Her Kids

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith isn’t worried about the impact movie stardom is having on her 11-year-old son Jaden, now that he’s the title star of “The Karate Kid,” opening tomorrow (6/11).  Fame, she notes, “has always been a part of his life.  For him, it’s not anything different.  Yes, the focus and attention is on him now, but he’s just like, ‘Okay.’  He’s a very mellow, introverted cat who takes everything in stride.”

Daughter Willow, on the other hand, “is explosive.  She’s all energy.  She’s like her father in that way – very, very extroverted.  They’re both kind of layered with both of our personalities,” she says of herself and husband Will.  “My son is more like me in how he deals with fame, but he’s very much driving with his career, like his father.  Our daughter I would say deals with the public like Will does, but her creative sensibilities are very much like mine, very unconventional.”

The nine-year-old – who has a music project of her own coming out in late summer – latched on to China in a big way when the Smith family was in that land for three months last year while Jaden was shooting “Karate Kid” with Jackie Chan.

“I didn’t expect my daughter wanting to learn Mandarin.  She has continued to learn the language here.  When we go back to China for the premiere there, she asked if her Mandarin teacher could come along, to help her keep up with her new language skills.  We said ‘Absolutely.’  She has so much love for the culture.  That was surprising.”

The Smiths have the Tony Awards to attend Sunday (6/13) – they, along with Beyonce and Jay-Z – are producers on the musical “Fela!” that’s up for 11 awards.  The next day, they head for China and the film’s premiere there.  After that, they’ll be traveling to other points ‘round the globe to help launch the movie.  Jada’s TNT “Hawthorne” series gets its second season premiere June 22.

Jada posed nude for the cover of Essence that’s just coming out.  What does Will think about that?  “Oh, he loves that stuff.  He loved the photos,” she says.

Jada Tells Why Work is Good for Her and Will’s Kids

Jada and Will

Jada and Will

The Will Smith family takes off for a three-month stay in China — where 10-year-old son Jaden will star in the remake of  “Karate Kid” —  as soon as mama Jada wraps the first season of her TNT “HawthoRNe”  series next month. Asked if she has if she has any concern about Jaden and his 9-year-old sister Willow pursuing theatrical careers as such an early age, Jada notes, “You don’t have to worry about kids  being spoiled by attention when their father is the biggest movie star in the world.”

She adds that it’s important that her children know what work is, “because they live in abundance.  It’s very easy for youngsters in a privileged lifestyle to have no drive.  We wanted  our children to feel the gratification of hard work.  Will and I developed strong drives at an early age.  He worked in an ice house with his father to help his family survive.  I started work at age 12.   We felt it was important that our children created the same foundations.”

Jada has already proven herself in many movies and with her Wicked Wisdom band, and says she’s now taking on the series in which she’ll play a hospital nursing director because, “I felt I needed the challenge of trying to go into the next phase of my career.” She stresses that the first season of the show is only taking three months of her time, and that it’s being done with the blessings of her family, “Who are with me constantly. Will is on the set all the time and my daughter spent all day with me on the set yesterday.  It’s a project we discussed and agreed was something that would be good for me to do.”
 
LOOKING GOOD:  While there’s no shortage of beauty among the contestants on TV Land’s “She’s Got the Look” reality show for wannabe models over 35, the beauty that launched host Kim Alexis into a Supermodel is hard to ignore.  She’s gorgeous at 48, but when it comes to the idea of marketing merchandise based on that fact, she laughs.  “I think I’m in research and development.  I find that what I like to do is be the one doing the research, going through the little things as I’m growing older myself so I can be a good voice.”  Alexis, who has run eight marathons, notes, “I try to be encouraging to women when it comes to fitness.”  She also says, “I found a great doctor I enjoy working with; he’s anti-aging.  I’ve been talking to him…maybe I’ll do something down the line.”
 
Right now, she’s focused on the second season of “She’s Got the Look,” which launches June 11.  She feels strongly that there’s a good take-away for viewers watching the show – “that if you have dreams and desires that haven’t been pursued, you need to go after that to feel better about yourself.”  

IN GEAR:  NBC recently announced “Southland” has been renewed for a second season, which is good news for the show’s star Regina King, who tells us she’s really starting to gel with her character.  “I love that she is a detective who is a woman.  She has the vulnerability that all women have, no matter how strong she is.  That’s just part of being a woman – we can’t help but care,” notes King, who is known for being a strong, independent woman herself.  “Lydia is strong but she doesn’t come off like a cyborg.  She expresses emotions but isn’t weak so the combination of the two is great.” 
 
THE INDUSTRY EYE:  Interesting casting challenge for the team behind the upcoming indie film “Chicago 8” – including seven of those charged with inciting a riot and conspiracy relating to the protests that took place outside the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago:  Jerry Rubin, Devid Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner and Bobby Seale.  Abbie Hoffman is reportedly already cast.  They’re also going to need actors to portray other real-life characters involved including Judge Julius Offman and Allen Ginsberg.
 
And there’s a big part ahead for some lucky dog.  Plans are afoot for a “Marmaduke” feature based on the popular comic strip about an oversized but loveable pooch.  Actually, casting forces are interviewing candidates for secondary roles now, including Marmaduke’s master’s boss and Marmaduke’s dog trainer.

 With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster