Actor Will Smith served as one of a number of celebrities to appear on the premiere of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (February 17). After both Smith and Fallon appeared in the show’s “Evolution Of Hip Hop Dancing” sketch, the two sat down to discuss Smith’s number of years in entertainment and his recent skydiving trip, among other things.
When asked by Fallon to share a few words of advice due to his veteran status in the entertainment industry, the former Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star shared the advice he gives to his children who are currently pursuing careers in entertainment.
“It definitely can get scary, you know? In the last few years with my kids coming into the business it starts to be scary,” Smith said. “But I tell them all the time, ‘You just keep loving people. The thing is to make sure with your art your art is a gift to people to help their lives be better and to be brighter.’ And what happens a lot of times is you’ll see people fail in this business is they’re in there for their ego and they start doing it for them. And it’s like no, it’s like you’re trying to help people just get through a day. And you do it really well.”
Smith also spoke on turning 45-years-old in September and choosing to take advantage of that milestone in his life rather than take a break to relax. He attributed his recent skydiving trip in Dubai to that particular mentality.
“I’m 45 right now. Right? And with the state of modern medicine—90, we’re all probably gonna hit 90,” he said. “90’s like a real thing now…So, I was thinking ‘This is halftime.’ Right? So, when you come out for the third quarter, in any sporting event the third quarter’s an important quarter. That’s not the time when you start relaxing and you start chilling. You gotta go get it in the third quarter.”
At the age of 45, Smith currently has two children, Jaden and Willow Smith, with his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Similar to their father, both Jaden and Willow have pursued careers in music and acting.
To view Smith and Fallon’s “Evolution Of Hip Hop Dancing” routine, click here.