Willow Smith has had enough of the limelight. The 12-year-old daughter of Will Smith was scheduled to star in a remake of the movie Annie but has decided that she’d rather be a normal 12-year-old girl instead.
Willow was originally dropped from the cast because she was deemed “too old” for the part. But Will gave the full story today during an appearance at Temple University.
“Willow was supposed to be doing Annie, we got Jay-Z to do the movie, got the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with Whip My Hair and she said, ‘You know Daddy, I don’t think so,’ and I said, ‘Baby, hold up!’ I said, ‘No, no, no, listen, you’ll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyoncé will be there. You will be singing and dancing,’ and she looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.”
Will said that he was proud of his daughter’s decision and that her comments made him reflect on his own life. The Oscar nominated actor said that he may have been pushing his daughter too hard and that he’s learned to stop back to respect Willow’s emotional needs.
“I’m really learning through Willow the necessity that we have to snap ourselves back and refocus on the emotional needs of the people that we love. Someone’s emotional needs can be very, very different from your dreams and what you think they should be doing and where they are supposed to be.”
Are you surprised that Willow Smith just wants to be a 12-year-old girl?