Rihanna is keeping it coming with the magazine covers. Check out her 3 W Korea covers as she helps the mag celebrate its 10th Anniversary. And Will Smith divulges more than ever courtside while chatting it up with ESQUIRE magazine about failure, his kids, and he whole in his life.
She’s got not 1 international cover, but three. Rihanna is W Korea’s March 2015 10th Anniversary cover girl. And the pics, shot by Dennis Leupold, are giving us young 90’s tease:
She served up a bit of Asian flare with satin and silk fabrics and dresses that channel Korean style robes.
We’re sure the whole spread will be gorgeous. By the way, it isn’t just the mag’s 10 year anniversary. Rihanna also recently celebrated 10 years since getting signed. Yep, it’s been that long.
Meanwhile, Will Smith is covering the March 2015 issue of ESQUIRE magazine. And the Focus star is opening up more than usual. The interview went down candid style, courtside at the Sixers-Grizzlies game this past December. And he talked about everything from movie failures to acting failures to the lessons he teaches his kids about internet hate to Ferguson.
On teaching his kids how to deal with social media hate
With this generation of kids growing up, the technological battering is almost the norm. They generally avoid the stuff. They’re really well-adjusted around this business and understanding the nature of having to take a battering. It’s a brutal world out there for young people, for everybody. Willow had one moment. The Young Turks are Willow’s idol. They have a TV show online. They’re like a really powerful group of young writers, hosts, and political commentators. Willow loves the Young Turks, and that was the only moment I saw her cry. Other than that, she’s really well-adjusted with it. And Jaden understands that that’s a part of this business. If he wants to do it, there’s a certain amount of battery that you have to be willing to live through. We have a quote that I put up in the house from Pema Chödrön: “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.” We call it leaning into the sharp parts. Something hurts, lean in. You just lean into that point until it loses its power over you. There’s a certain amount of suffering that you have to be willing to sustain if you want to have a good life. And the trick is to be able to sustain it with your heart open and still be loving. That is the real trick.
You never lose the mentality. It’s such a strange thing. Jaden, my sixteen-year-old, he has one pair of shoes.
Total. He has refused to be a slave to money. I so respect that. The younger generation is less of an ownership generation, anyway. And it’s such an interesting thing to watch, because I came from a middle-class background, but, you know, our lights and gas would be cut off from not paying the bill. I grew up in a house where you would need the kerosene heaters in the winter in case the bills didn’t get paid. And he’s from the complete other end of the spectrum. And it’s so interesting to me that from growing up in that space, he could see the need for things in a way that he’s rejecting. He’s like, “I’m not gonna let myself need things in that way”—but I would like him to get another pair of shoes.
On how he’s enjoying his wealth
There is a great line in Lawrence of Arabia. Anthony Quinn. “The Turks pay me a golden treasure, yet I am poor because I am a river to my people.” I just love that line. So I’m getting a T-shirt made: I AM A RIVER TO MY PEOPLE. I just love that line. I want to take care of people. I want to help people. The maximum joy that I have is when I can create something that makes someone else’s life lighter, brighter, or better. And I’m past cars and jewelry, you know? I don’t even wear a watch.
On dealing with multiple flop movies
Wild Wild West was less painful than After Earth because my son was involved in After Earth and I led him into it. That was excruciating. What I learned from that failure is how you win. I got reinvigorated after the failure of After Earth. I stopped working for a year and a half. I had to dive into why it was so important for me to have number-one movies. And I never would have looked at myself in that way. I was a guy who, when I was fifteen my girlfriend cheated on me, and I decided that if I was number one, no woman would ever cheat on me. All I have to do is make sure that no one’s ever better than me and I’ll have the love that my heart yearns for. And I never released that and moved into a mature way of looking at the world and my artistry and love until the failure of After Earth, when I had to accept that it’s not a good source of creation.
After Earth comes out, I get the box-office numbers on Monday and I was devastated for about twenty-four minutes, and then my phone rang and I found out my father had cancer. That put it in perspective—viciously. And I went right downstairs and got on the treadmill. And I was on the treadmill for about ninety minutes. And that Monday started the new phase of my life, a new concept: Only love is going to fill that hole. You can’t win enough, you can’t have enough money, you can’t succeed enough. There is not enough. The only thing that will ever satiate that existential thirst is love. And I just remember that day I made the shift …read more