Everything Bizarre Said in the Willow and Jaden Smith Interview

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  • Jaden Smith
    Jaden Smith
    American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor
  • Willow Smith
    Willow Smith
    American singer, rapper and actress
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Kids say the craziest things. And when they’re Willow Smith, 14, and Jaden Smith, 16, the daughter and son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, they’re even crazier. The pint-sized musicians released two albums this month — Jaden’s “Cool Tapes Vol. 2″ and Willow’s “3”— and, to mark the occasion, they sat for a joint interview with the New York Times’ T Magazine. And things immediately got weird. Here are their life philosophies, presented to you without commentary. 

On what they’re reading: 

Willow: “Quantum physics. Osho.”

Jaden: “’The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life’ and ancient texts; things that can’t be pre-dated.”

On school: 

Jaden: “Here’s the deal: School is not authentic because it ends. It’s not true, it’s not real. Our learning will never end. The school that we go to every single morning, we will continue to go to…You never learn anything in school. Think about how many car accidents happen every day. Driver’s ed? What’s up? I still haven’t been to driver’s ed because if everybody I know has been in an accident, I can’t see how driver’s ed is really helping them out.”

Willow: “I went to school for one year. It was the best experience but the worst experience. The best experience because I was, like, ‘Oh, now I know why kids are so depressed.’ But it was the worst experience because I was depressed.”

On breathing:

Willow: “Breathing is meditation; life is a meditation. You have to breathe in order to live, so breathing is how you get in touch with the sacred space of your heart.”

Jaden: “When babies are born, their soft spots bump: It has, like, a heartbeat in it. That’s because energy is coming through their body, up and down.”

Willow: “Prana energy.”

Jaden: “It’s prana energy because they still breathe through their stomach. They remember. Babies remember.”

Willow: “When they’re in the stomach, they’re so aware, putting all their bones together, putting all their ligaments together. But they’re shocked by this harsh world.”

Jaden: “By the chemicals and things, and then slowly…”

Willow: “As they grow up, they start losing.”

Jaden: “You know, they become just like us.”

On the “experience of time” (whatever that means):

Willow: “I mean, time for me, I can make it go slow or fast, however I please, and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist.”

Jaden: “It’s proven that how time moves for you depends on where you are in the universe. It’s relative to beings and other places. But on the level of being here on earth, if you are aware in a moment, one second can last a year. And if you are unaware, your whole childhood, your whole life can pass by in six seconds. But it’s also such a thing that you can get lost in.”

Willow: “Because living.”

JADEN: “Right, because you have to live. There’s a theoretical physicist inside all of our minds, and you can talk and talk, but it’s living.”

Willow: “It’s the action of it.”

On their artistic collaboration:  

Willow: “Me and Jaden just figured out that our voices sound like chocolate together. As good as chocolate tastes, it sounds that good.”

On future goals: 

Jaden: “I have a goal to be just the most craziest person of all time. And when I say craziest, I mean, like, I want to do like Olympic-level things. I want to be the most durable person on the planet.”

Willow: “I think by the time we’re 30 or 20, we’re going to be climbing as many mountains as we can possibly climb.”

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