Willow Smith: 'I Want to be Like Mommy!'

10/29/2008 at 04:30 PM ET
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Working alongside your parents certainly comes with benefits, but as Willow Camille Reign Smith points out, the level of comfort between herself and her mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, in the studio caused for some fits of giggles as well! "Every time I would mess up, she would laugh and then I would laugh. Then she would stop and then I would stop," says Willow in an appearance on the Today show.

After completing Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa alongside her mom, almost 8-year-old Willow was looking forward to hitting the red carpet and strutting her stuff. Unfortunately, as the family arrived at the big event, Willow was a bit surprised with the carpet color laid out before her. "I had a good time because I thought it was going to be the red carpet, but it was a green carpet," explains Willow, who plays the voice of baby Gloria in the film. Taking her place in the entertainment business with a few films under her belt, Willow tells Meredith Vieira that when she’s older, she’s hoping to be just like Jada. "I want to be like Mommy," Willow told the anchor. Touched by her sweetness, Meredith jokes that she is yet to hear the same from her own kids as Jada replies that it comes along with the age.

"Look, I want to enjoy it now while she’s 8, you know what I mean, because you never know when they turn 16!"

Briefly discussing their spread in the newest issue of Cookie, Jada reiterates that as the mother of a young daughter, her hope is to give Willow the confidence to succeed in society and to teach her the "importance of wholeness in being a woman." Jada says, "Just the idea that we are full of many emotions and living in a society that tells you that that’s not a great thing. I really try to allow Willow to experience everything; when she’s upset, she can go to her room and be upset. When she’s sad I try to really…I want her to just be able to express herself. I just want her to feel emotionally grounded and whole."

The child of A-list actors, Jada and Will Smith, Willow admits that her parents’ celebrity status can sometimes be a bit frustrating, although in the end, reveals she is always given the freedom of choice when it comes to her sense of fashion. "When [my parents] go somewhere and I have to get a fitting…My mom always says, when I don’t want to wear something, ‘Do what you want!’"

Source: Today

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Laydacris on

Willow is so sweet!

missi on

I just LOVE their mommy/daughter relationship, I saw the interview and I thought it was just so sweet. Willow was asked on the “green carpet” what was the best part about being in the movie, she said “I get to share this with my mom” and my heart just melted. 🙂

Jay on

That was real sweet…its nice to see a daughter and mother relationship. Jada’s outlook on parenting on young girl is great too…we need more confident women in this world. Teach them while they’re still young so they can grow up with that confidence.

Alice on

Awww the way she says “I wanna be like Mommy” like, “Dude, everyone should want to be like my mom” =D

brooke on

That was so sweet, willow is adorable and jada seems like a good mom

Mary on

wow i didnt know her bday was Halloween. how nice lol! she’s such a cute little ham. looks just like Will. it was funny, for Halloween she says she wants to be “a dead princess” lol!