As actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and forever-theorists Jaden and Willow Smith have a pair of minds that you likely either find fascinating or frustrating. Staying true to their ability and incessant urge to wax poetic about nearly any and everything (and with a level of maturity and open-mindedness that always seems to go beyond their years of 18 and 15, respectively), the duo does the same in their latest cover story with Interview magazine during a sit-down with Pharrell.
With the stamina and knowledge to touch on generational divides, the effects of social media, consciousness, happiness, censorship, creative processes, fashion, dream collaborations, their biggest inspirations, favorite philosophers, sibling dynamic, public vs. private selves, and whether or not this is "real life," either they're crazy or we are. Here are our favorite excerpts.
Willow: "I know so many kids who literally are, like, Instagram-famous. They have done nothing but post pictures on Instagram. And they have followings. People love to see them in person, but it's only because they post on their Instagram. It's literally crazy. Kids will paint a picture of themselves that is so far beyond who they actually are. It's like they're wearing someone else's skin."
Jaden: "[The Osho collective] made us realize that being aware in the moment of right now is just the most important thing. All of our issues come from us not being aware enough or not seeing through our problems to the depths of the issues."
Willow: "This morning actually was pretty intense because I was thinking about the world and my place in the world, things that I have made or want to make. I was thinking about all the things that I could do that I don't do. But, you know, I was just thinking about the world and everything."
Jaden: "A question I would like to present to the world is: Where is the love? And what are we doing? Who's making the decisions that are putting us in the predicaments that we are in, with all of these people losing their lives around the world in so many different ways? I feel like a serious revolution needs to take place in order for human beings to evolve in a way where we can truly exist as a society. Because, right now, we do not act as a true society. We act as a world under terror, just scrambling to survive."
Willow: "You find yourself randomly going on your phone for no reason, randomly doing things. It becomes compulsive, and you have to start asking yourself, 'Whoa, what is the real reason for me checking my Instagram every five minutes? What is the real reason for me posting this photo right now?' I never want to do things impulsively that have no meaning or intent, especially on social media."
Jaden: "It's good to be happy and tell us how cool your life is and how awesome you are on social media. That's great because it inspires other people to be happy, too. But a lot of times, people are trying to be happy in the wrong ways—with money or with different things that are not true happiness. It's leading people down a rabbit hole that actually doesn't exist."
Willow: "A fan came up to me in New York a couple days ago, and they're like, 'Is this real life?'.... Like, she's not BS'ing me. This isn't a joke. She's actually asking me, 'Is this real life?' And I'm giving her my truest answer, which is, 'I don't think it is.'" Because you see so many beautiful things happening in this world, and you see so many things that make you want to cry and crawl under a rock. But there's an underlying feeling of magic and mystery in everything that I live for."
Check out more of the duo's Interview photo shoot below.