Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born July 8, 1998) is an American child-actor, rapper and dancer. He is the son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, elder brother of singer Willow Smith and younger half-brother of Trey Smith.
His breakthrough movie role was in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness, with his father. He has also appeared in the remakes of The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Karate Kid, as well as the 2013 film After Earth - also with his father.
Smith was born in Malibu, California. He is the son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and his younger sister is Willow Smith. Smith also has an older half-brother, Trey Smith. Smith and his siblings are youth ambassadors for Project Zambia, which provides assistance in conjunction with Hasbro for Zambian children orphaned by AIDS.
Smith made his major role debut in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness as Christopher, the son of Chris Gardner, Will Smith's character. For his role, Smith won the award for Breakthrough Performance at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards. At the 79th Academy Awards, Smith presented the award for the Best Animated Short and the Best Live Action Short, along with acting nominee Abigail Breslin. Smith next appeared as Jacob in the 2008 Scott Derrickson science fiction film, The Day the Earth Stood Still, a remake of the 1951 classic of the same name.
In 2010, along with Jackie Chan, Smith starred in The Karate Kid, a remake of the 1984 film. In May 2013, Will Smith and Jaden starred together, playing father and son, in After Earth.
Smith rapped alongside Canadian singer Justin Bieber in the song "Never Say Never." On October 1, 2012, Jaden released his first mixtape, The Cool Cafe.
Jaden Smith has also recently started his own clothing/lifestyle brand called MSFTSrep, in connection to the MSFTS logo. The clothes range from hoodies and T-shirts to trousers and vests. In May 2013 Jaden Smith collaborated with a Korean designer, Choi Bum Suk, who also has his own brand called General Idea. They created a pop-up store in which customers can buy clothes with their collaborated logos.
Smith was in a relationship with Stella Hudgens, the younger sister of actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens, and she is reportedly mentioned in his song "Starry Room".
Will Smith revealed that Jaden has sought an emancipation ruling, with the consent of his parents, as a fifteenth-birthday present. Will Smith revealed to the media that Jaden's primary motivation is the establishment of his own residence and also explained that his children are not subject to strict parenting conduct: "We generally don't believe in punishment. From the time Jaden was five or six we would sit him down, and all he has to do is be able to explain why what he did was the right thing for his life." However, Jaden and his father appeared together on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 15, 2013 and confirmed that the matter was not a serious consideration. Jaden provided his response to the emancipation matter:
See, here's the thing you need to explain: I'm not going anywhere. The thing that people don't get is everything at his house--is free. So I can get anything and everything that I want at his house. So I think, I'ma be there for 20, 30 more years. But he says, as soon as I have a movie that's bigger than one of his movies, then I have to get my own house.
A November 2013 media report showed that Smith was dating television star Kylie Jenner. Jenner wrote in social media in July 2013: "Although we can't remember exactly when we met, I couldn't be more grateful that we did."