Jaden Smith was born on July 8, 1998, in Los Angeles, California, and is the son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. At the age of five, he made his acting debut on the WB TV sitcom All of Us, co-created and co-produced by his parents. He played Reggie, while his older half-brother Trey Smith played Darryl.
In 2006, Jaden made his film debut in the Sony release The Pursuit of Happyness, playing his father's son. When Will was reading the script prior to shooting, Jaden asked what it was about. After hearing the story, he expressed interest in playing the boy.
His father explained that he would have to audition for the role, just like anyone else, so he did, and made the first cut. I was in his corner, but I didn't have his back. He earned the job himself, and that's the way it's supposed to be," Will told the Ocean Country Observer.
The filmmakers looked at 100 kids during the audition process. Producer Jason Blumenthal says, "Then we met Jaden Smith and it was night and day. Jaden was this kid. He came in with sincerity, honesty, and rawness. We cast the absolute best person for the job."
Jaden also made a guest appearance on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody as 'Travis' in the episode titled Romancing the Phone, other TV works include the TV movie Brothers in Atlanta (2016) and a recurring role in the series "The get Down" (2016).
His other feature films were the remakes of The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Karate Kid. His most recent feature was After Earth (2013).
At the 79th Academy Awards, Jaden presented the awards for the Best Animated Short and the Best Live Action Short with acting nominee Abigail Breslin. Smith won the award for the Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards.