Thandie Newton's playdates with Jaden and Willow Smith

03/08/2007 at 01:50 PM ET

Thandie Newton took advantage of the downtime on The Pursuit of Happyness set by escorting her on-screen son, Jaden Smith, 8, his sister Willow, 6, and her own daughter, Ripley, 6, on playdates around the Bay Area.

I’d take them to the park, or we would go around San Francisco or swimming at the hotel. I got to know Jaden as one of my kids’ friends.

While Jaden has followed his parents, Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, into acting, Thandie doubts Ripley and her 2-year-old daughter Nico will do the same, although they love visiting their mother on set.

No way. No, no, no. Nico doesn’t have any concept of what’s going on, but Ripley loves coming to my little house on wheels – as we call my trailer. It’s always stocked up with stuff for her – Quavers, KitKats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks on DVD – and she loves to hang out there. She feels comfortable. But anything else, no. She’s got stuff to do. It’s cool for Jaden – he’s home-schooled so they can move around. Ripley’s not. She loves her school. She’s got things to do. And she doesn’t want to come with me and sit around for hours on end while they set up the lights.

Thandie and her husband, director Ol Parker, have been married for nine years.

Source: The Independent

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Heather on

Nico has been one of my favorite girls names for many, many years. If I ever do hear that someone named their child Nico, which isn’t often, its usually used for a boy, so its cool she named her daughter that. I also noticed its Wilhemina’s daughter’s name on Ugly Betty! Maybe its getting popular.