Will Smith was worried about bringing kids into show business
Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith stand on a wing of a Soviet-era built space shuttle Buran, as they attend at a photocall for the film After Earth in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP / Misha Japaridze)
Published Monday, May 27, 2013 9:20AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, May 27, 2013 10:56AM EDT
Will Smith thinks the showbiz industry is like a drug.
The 'I Am Legend' actor and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith were worried about introducing their children Jaden, 14, and Willow, 12, into the business because the constant media attention is so addictive and all-consuming.
According to The Sun newspaper, Smith said: "I think that the major risk of this particular business is strictly emotional. The business has almost a narcotic quality.
"It's almost as if you're introducing a narcotic into your kid's life."
The 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' star - who has had success as both a rapper and an actor - has been helping Willow pursue a singing career, and supporting Jaden with both his movie and music dreams.
However, Smith insists he isn't pushing his children into the spotlight and is merely offering them a helping hand to achieve success in their chosen career paths.
He explained in an interview with Vuture.com: "It may seem like we have pushed our kids into the business, but that is absolutely insane.
“I would never, ever, push somebody to have their face on a poster that's going be everywhere in the world.
"[Jaden] is making a choice from the informed. It's less scary to me than if he wanted to be a dentist in that I couldn't help with what he'd chosen.
"I have relationships with some of the biggest filmmakers and actors and producers on Earth. So I can be a huge help."
The father-and-son duo first appeared on the big screen together in 'The Pursuit of Happyness' when Jaden was just seven years old, and have now reunited for new sci-fi flick 'After Earth'.
Asked whether they would work together again in the future, Jaden quipped: "I definitely would do another one, absolutely. You know, how Johnny Depp and Tim Burton always do movies together, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio? We'll have a relationship like that."