Jada Pinkett Smith refused to work with her son Jaden


Jada Pinkett Smith’s face is still scaring the hell out of me. Also – I wanted to thank all of the commenters who suggested that she’d gotten The Madonna Chicken Cutlets Cheek Implant Special. That makes sense, because Jada’s “cheekbones” weren’t always this high. I also think she did something with her eyes – they look really different to me, and it’s not just the chicken cutlets. The wig sucks too. But I imagine it costs a lot to look this horrible. Anyway…

While Jada, Will and the family travel around the world supporting Jaden and The Karate Kid, someone asked Jada some questions. She was thrilled! Probably because she couldn’t pay people to ask her about her crapfest TNT show, HawthoRNe (poor Michael Vartan, whenever I see him in the commercials, I wince). Anyway, Jada confirmed that she was asked to play Jaden’s mom in The Karate Kid, but turned it down:

Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed that she turned down a role in the remake of The Karate Kid.

The actress, whose son Jaden Smith stars as lead character Dre Parker, said that she did not want to portray her son’s on screen mom.

“There was talk about me playing Jaden’s mother in the movie but I felt that he was going to really need his mom off camera. Mummy support,” BANG Showbiz quotes her as saying. “So we felt like we really had to be there as parents and producers just to make sure Jaden was being taken care of.”

Pinkett Smith added that she and husband Will Smith acted as producers to help guide Jaden through his first big screen leading role.

She said: “Well, we knew that we had to participate in some way. We have so much knowledge between the two of us that we want to pass on to our children. So we knew it was important to participate.”

[From Digital Spy]

I do admire her for that. I like that Will and Jada seem to be setting boundaries and a solid support system for their kids, and I really do think they’re good parents. They take their family seriously, and I have nothing but applause and kudos for the way they’re transitioning Jaden into public life. Yes, he comes across as a little full of himself. But he’s also really young, and his parents are being really smart about it, so good for all of them.

Here are some more pics of the family – Willow kills me every time! I love that kid.

42807, MADRID, SPAIN - Wednesday July 21, 2010. (L-R) Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan and Willow Smith (R) attend The Karate Kid premiere at Callao Cinema in Madrid, Spain.  Photograph:  Max Powell, PacificCoastNews.com

42807, MADRID, SPAIN - Wednesday July 21, 2010. Jada Pinkett Smith (L) and her daughter Willow Smith (R) attend The Karate Kid premiere at Callao Cinema in Madrid, Spain.  Photograph:  Max Powell, PacificCoastNews.com

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 21: (L-R) Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan and Willow Smith (R) attend 'The Karate Kid' premiere at Callao cinema on July 21, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 21: Jada Pinkett Smith attends 'The Karate Kid' premiere at Callao cinema on July 21, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Header: Jada’s scary face in Madrid on July 21, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Schnauzers!!! says:

    Wow Willow is gorgeous! Love her style!

  2. Mentok the Mind Taker says:

    I’m not trying to be mean, but does Jackie Chan have a freakishly large head?

    (Even if he does, I still find him to be the coolest one in these pics.)

  3. bellaluna says:

    Being the mother of 3 teenagers, I would also choose not to “work” with any of them. I think they would feel more able to goof/mouth off if I was around them at work. And boy would they be wrong!

  4. Andrea says:

    I think the whole kids’ career in Hollywood has been very carefully planned out.
    The Smiths first got involved with the whole Scientology stuff and then Presto!, their kids started getting roles in movies.
    It goes to show how incredibly influential that “church” has become.

  5. RHONYC says:

    We have so much knowledge between the two of us that we want to pass on to our children.

    i just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

    *super eyeroll*

  6. Lucinda says:

    Meh, they bought their kid his first movie. They are bankrolling his career and selling it as “responsible parenting”. I call BS. It’s one thing for a parent to encourage a child’s interests and it’s reasonable that he would want to be just like mom and dad.

    But they’ve taken a movie that was originally about 17-18 year old kids fighting and turned it into a vehicle for their 11 year old kid to launch his career into the big leagues. They are encouraging a movie where 11 year old kids beat the crap out of each other which I find disgusting.

    I used to really like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett and still think they are quality actors but they are also closet Scientologists and I have lost all respect for them.

  7. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    I saw Jaden in The Day the Earth Stood Still ( It had Jon Hamm and Keanu in it, of course I would see it) and he was awful. I have seen movies where kids can act, and he is not one of them.

    Career, definitely bought and paid for by the Mighty Smiths.

    I cannot believe her show is still on TNT! If you want a good nurse show, Nurse Jackie is where it’s at.

  8. Feebee says:

    eyes can’t focus after seeing that fakity fake fake forehead cover.

  9. TQB says:

    For generations, celebspawn has had the biggest edge in hollywood: Jennifer Aniston, Gwenyth Paltrow, Angelina, Drew Barrymore, Bryce Dallas Howard, Carrie Fisher, mariska hargitay… need i go on? What I like about the Smiths is that they’re obvious. Jaden wants to be a movie star, and they’re not going to pretend like he earned it on his own or anything.

  10. Cinderella says:

    If you remove the ponytail, her hairpiece looks like Moe’s from the Three Stooges.

  11. Delta Juliet says:

    Will Smith has accomplished many things in Hollywood and has been around for quite awhile. He still comes across as likeable and reasonably down-to-earth.

    Jaden looks so damn smug and snotty I just want to smack him. I know he’s a kid but come on.

  12. happymom says:

    I cannot stand ANY of them-just so horribly entitled and spoiled. And the Scientology part is really creepy-more so because they’re so evasive about whether they’re actually part of it.

  13. Jeri says:

    I used to like this family way back when but now they’re just like the T Cruises’. I watch most TNT shows but not Jada’s even though I like Michael Vartan, tried & couldn’t get through it.

    Jada didn’t do herself any favors with the big veneers – looks like Mr Ed.

  14. Tazina says:

    I think Jada looks pretty and Willow is adorable and loves dressing up to go out with her parents and brother. Not sure why they get so much criticism. I see a happy, successful family with two sweet kids.

  15. TaylorB says:

    Don’t they have an older son as well?

  16. GatsbyGal says:

    Wow, the bangs on that wig aren’t even cut straight! I can’t believe she’d be caught dead outside in that thing.

  17. chartreuseoak says:

    Coolest looking kids in Hollywood IMO.

  18. Budda DeCat says:

    @Taylor — I think Will has an older son from a previous relationship — Jada is his stepmom.
    I think Jaden is cute & obviously more than a bit spoiled –his parents bought him a movie for crying out loud– but I don’t think he is smug — I think he comes off like that because he is trying to cover up his nervousness during interviews.
    I agree with the poster who was disturbed by the violence in the movie by such young kids. I think the Smiths were wrong to use their young child in this kind of movie. I hope he doesn’t go down the same path as so many other child stars. Also I really don’t think that beyond his cute face & big name that Jaden can actually act — he may learn and let’s hope he does because I’m sure he will be in many more movies for years to come.

  19. benny says:

    Some of the biggest phonies in Hollywood. I still remember when they showed up at a movie premier or awards or some event, and then held an interview with reporters to tell the world that their kid was sick and they were planning to leave to event to be home with him, because that’s the kind of great parents they are.

    Um, if he’s THAT sick and you’re such great parents, why did you leave him in the first place? Oh, that’s right – so you can go on tv and tell the world what great parents you are. Just looking at their phony faces makes me want to puke.

  20. yes please says:

    her cheek implants are so clear in the first pic..

  21. Missfit says:

    I didn’t even see Karate Kid as violent. I guess it depends how you see it. It would also depend the severity of the situation in real life. I saw it as a typical new kid in school and some punk trying to push him around and kicking his ass whenever, however and ofcoarse with the help of others (regardless if he knew how to fight or not). Then Jaden’s character had to learn some skills to step up to him. The competition was good and all, I’m sure Jaden’s role could have kicked his butt without it, with the right training. The point is too many kids get bullied and ridiculed at school by punk ass kids and something needs to be done about it. It’s not okay for these bullies to do the kind of shit they do. Then if a parent trys to get involved, you get chewed out by principals saying it’s not your business and you are an adult and should know better, blah blah blah. Well as a parent, I also don’t want some little punks hitting on my baby, trying to be at school and learning something instead of being uneducated, picking on kids. Girls can be the same, it can go either way, either gender.

  22. cprincess says:

    Its either botox or cheek implants or both…
    I never could stand her-the best thing she did was marry Will Smith who always seems kinda cool-because shes marginally talented and would not stand out at all were she not married to him.

  23. ghostbuster says:

    i asked this once before, but i dont think i got a response. does anyone know why in scientology one cannot take life saving meds (jett travolta) but that you are allowed to have plastic surgery? whats the loophole? or is there one and its just hypocritical bs? thanks for any answers yall :)

  24. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    @Ghostbuster- I am not sure, but my theory is, the meds are an admission of imperfection, while plastic surgery is the pursuit of perfection. Scientos do not believe, nor do they tolerate anything less than perfection in their looks, health, mind, etc.

  25. Raven says:

    I can’t imagine dumping on an 11-year old kid or his sister. Pick on the parents all you want, but leave the kids alone.

  26. Sally says:

    Ah, Willow has some killer style! Love her.

  27. mslewis says:

    I think Jada looks pretty and Willow is adorable and loves dressing up to go out with her parents and brother. Not sure why they get so much criticism. I see a happy, successful family with two sweet kids.
    DITTO!! I don’t understand the criticism either but the negativity on this site is tame compared to some sites, especially the sites like celebritybabyscoop. Those people on there hate this child. It’s creepy!! What’s to hate about an 11 year old boy?

    And, yeah, his parents produced this movie and chose to give their son the starring role. Turns out they were right since the movie cost about $30M and has made hundreds of millions. Smart move if you ask me!!

  28. Cakes says:

    I think she might have a botched botox job and thats why she has the giant bangs.

  29. blinditemreader says:

    Eyes look pulled.

    They’re phony child pimps, too.

  30. Lucinda says:

    I don’t think people are dogging the kid. It’s the parents they are criticizing. Yes, hollywood spawn has always had an advantage–foot in the door, getting the call, having their name thrown out there. But this goes beyond that. This is a career bought and paid for by the parents and that’s what bothers me. I have no problem with the child. If anything, I said I understand kids wanting to be like their parents and that is great. But if these were your average nobodies being stage parents like the Smith’s are doing, people would be all over them. But because they aren’t average people, we are supposed to just say “yeah, they really support their kid.”

    Will Smith has totally changed over the years. I read an interview a few years back and he was so full of himself and how intelligent he was that I wondered what the hell had happened to this guy. Once I learned more about Scientology I realized exactly what had happened to him.

    He clearly has his “old” family–the older son–and his “new” family with Jada. You don’t see him promoting the oldest son like he is Jaden and Willow.

  31. ghostbuster says:

    thank you fluffy that makes sense, kind of. i mean, if you are physically ill, to a point where it can effect your life, then wouldnt being healthy be on the road to perfection? i really appreciate your ideas cause this question has been killing me. thanks again!

  32. Sincerity says:

    I absolutely adore this family! It’s not unusual for multiple generations of the same family to be active in show business. The REAL CHALLENGE will be when Jaden and Willow transition from teenagers to adulthood. Success as a child/teen performer does not always guarantee success as an adult. I look forward to seeing their progress in the coming years.

  33. RHONYC says:

    @ mslewis:

    hey. nepotism is great. super.

    but, who can remember seeing meryl streep’s daughter…tom hanks’ son…or ron howard’s daughter, bryce all up on the red carpet, in front of the paparazzi when they were younger???

    all of whom are successful actors today.

    no one likes a show-off.

    it’s ‘off’-putting.



    p.s. – jada’s cheeks look like she’s from…

    wait for it…


    you’re welcome. :-)

  34. ThatBKChick says:

    Whatever the case, here is a positive African-American Celebrity family that clearly are connected and involved with their children’s lives. I cannot believe some of the negative things I am hearing on here. If they were anything more than a successful African-American powerful Hollywood family, you would heaing all kinds of this and that stuff. Not one real negative thing can be said, but superficial comments. Love the Smiths and I hope they continue ensuring the children get a good education..A movie career can only go so long, but a good education is more valuable than life!

  35. nelson says:

    i cant stand that woman! ugggh

    but will smith, ohhh my goooddd… if i only i was given a few hours.

    ohhhhh my god! okay ill stop sorry.
    oh will smith! dammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  36. bite me says:

    its a different world, OMG, i was just watching reruns o f that show last night