Jaden Smith In GQ: “I’m Not Not As Revolutionary As Galileo”
Aside from their unofficial dalliance/association with Scientology, I can’t help but totally love the Pinkett-Smith family. Will Smith starred in my favorite dumb rom-com, “Hitch.” He seems madly in love with his wife of nearly 18 years, Jada Pinkett Smith (or they at least very convincingly feign it). She seems pretty great too, between her super honest Facebook posts, her openness about the “grown” love she shares with Will, not to mention the fact that she completely embodied the woman I would like to grow up to be, aka Rome in “Magic Mike XXL.”
And then there are the Smith kids, Willow and Jaden, who seem to possess a wonderfully self-confident, if privileged, uniqueness. They’re weird and artsy and creative — remember their secret club, the Orgonite Society, where they made vibe cleansing paperweights? — and don’t seem to give a fuck what anyone thinks. But it’s not arrogance so much as calm acceptance that they were never destined to be fully understood in the first place.
Jaden, 17, is interviewed in the latest issue of GQ, and man, is it a gem to read from start to finish. Jaden is all over the place, from describing the sacred history of the dodecahedron to discussing his 10-year plan to, like, be a shapeshifter or something. I couldn’t pick just one quote to spotlight, so here are a few.
On sacred shapes:
“Me and my sister started this initiative called Mystery School. It dates back to like ancient Egypt, ancient Greece—like Plato, Pythagoras, all these students had mystery schools. And what they learned in there was sacred. They would learn the math and sciences of that generation, and then they would build the cities and give that energy and that knowledge to the other people. And a lot of stuff they would keep really, really to themselves. Like, you couldn’t say the word dodecahedron, which is just a shape, outside of one of the mystery schools or they would, like, kill you or whatever. Because it was such a sacred shape.”
On being like Galileo:
“People think you’re crazy—I feel like it’s an honor, actually, for people to think I’m crazy. Because they thought Galileo was crazy, too, you know what I’m saying? I don’t think I’m as revolutionary as Galileo, but I don’t think I’m not as revolutionary as Galileo.”
On being “gone” in 10 years:
“No one will know where I am in ten years. They’ll see me pop up, but they’ll be like, ‘Where’d you come from?’ No one will know. No one will know where I’m at. No one will know who I’m with. No one will know what I’m doing. I’ve been planning that since I was like 13.”
To find out what Jaden plans on doing while he’s “gone” in between pop ups, and also why the pyramid he built in his parents’ backyard is missing its tip, check out the full interview over at GQ.com.