Will Smith Talks Willow’s Departure from “Annie”

Posted Friday February 8, 2013 11:15 AM GMT

She was all set to star in the film musical adaptation of the classic orphan tale “Annie,” and all of sudden Willow Smith decided to pull out of the gig.

And her father Will Smith explained that he’s learned a ton from his daughter’s desire to not get buried in her career.

The “Getting Jiggy Wit It” rapper explained, "Willow was supposed to be doing Annie. We got Jay-Z to do the movie [and] got the studio to come in. [But] Willow had such a difficult time on tour with 'Whip my Hair' and she said, 'You know Daddy, I don't think so.'"

Will continued, "I said, 'Baby, hold up! I said no, no, no. Listen, you'll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyonce 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.'"

"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."

"The thing that had become very clear to me is the danger of a material world and focusing so hard on coming up with money or a house or a job. You focus so hard on those things, and sometimes you can lose focus on why you are doing it in the first place. The only reason to do any of that is to have love."

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