Youth’s showbiz exposure, talent impress Jackie Chan
For Jaden Smith, acting is a family affair. The 11-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith broke onto the scene in 2006 opposite his dad in “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Earlier this year, he appeared in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and landed the starring role in upcoming “Karate Kid” remake “Kung Fu Kid” opposite Jackie Chan.
“Maybe because both his parents are actors, it’s in his blood,” says Chan, who plays the Mr. Miyagi role reinvented as a Chinese kung fu master. “I’ve seen actors who have trained for years and they don’t have the ‘feel’ for acting. Jaden was probably just born to be a good actor.”
Chan, who’s worked with many children in his four-decade career, says Smith’s lifelong exposure to his parents’ work has taught him the discipline and instincts so important to acting.
“Will and Jada exposed him to the film world, and because he’s such a smart kid, he picked up a lot by just observing,” Chan says. “When I started working with him, I found that he was respectful, dedicated and a very hard worker. He also has a good sense of humor, so we had fun.”