Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Willow Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith attend the UK gala premiere of The Karate Kid held at The Odeon Leicester Square on July 15, 2010 in London, England. Jada Pinkett Smith wears Stella McCartney Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images Europe
Jaden, who has just turned 12, appears alongside martial arts legend Jackie Chan in the remake of The Karate Kid.
“He grew up in this industry so it’s not foreign to him. He understands that this is a family business,” said Smith, ahead of the film’s UK premiere.
“He didn’t have the shock and the radical life change that child actors usually have coming into the business.”
The Karate Kid is a remake of the 1984 original, and was shot entirely in China. Despite its title, the movie is about how a bullied boy (Jaden Smith) learns kung fu from a maintenance man played by Chan.
Asked if he wanted to be a bigger star than his father, Jaden told the BBC: “‘I’m going to try!”
Jackie Chan – who has appeared in more than 100 action films since the 1970s – said Jaden had a lot of potential to be a big star.
“He’s young. He can sing, he can rap, he can dance, he can fight, he can act,” he said.