“The Get Down’s” Jaden Smith Is Okay With Being An Outsider

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Jaden Smith isn’t a stranger to criticism from those in Hollywood and from behind the keyboard. The 18-year-old is all about being himself, no matter what people may think of him.

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After being featured in Variety’sPower of Young Hollywood” issue, the 18-year-old spoke about his highly talked about style choices, his environmental passions and what drew him to the role of Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling from the Netflix hip-hop dramedy series The Get Down.

“I’ve always looked at life differently,” he said. “I always knew no one was going to understand me — since before I could talk — and that’s why I was so quiet. I was very calm, very to myself. I could tell I felt about life differently than other kids; I could tell by the way they treated me.” Over the years, Smith has come into his own in the world of music, fashion and acting, despite getting the stamp of “weirdo” for his refreshing outlook on life.

Smith’s fashion choices have landed him huge ad campaigns in Louis Vuitton and spreads in Vogue where he was seen in fashionable skirts. He also sported a dress to prom with fellow awesome person Amandla Sternberg. Smith calls his style “super-duper fly” and lists Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a style icon. “I’ve always been super-duper fly and super-duper different,” he said. “People just start caring when they have a reason to start caring.”

In addition to making people’s heads turn, he’s also all about saving humanity. On Tuesday (Aug. 17), during the Power of Young Hollywood event, Smith spoke on his environmental causes and creating water bottles with Just Water.

Check out more of the actor’s interview, here.

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