Magazine article Variety

Jaden Smith

Magazine article Variety

Jaden Smith

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JADEN SMITH KNOWS what it's like to feel like the odd one out. "I've always looked at life differently," says the 18-year-old actor, rapper, and fashion trendsetter. "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."

That outlook is one of the qualities that attracted Smith to his role as Marcus "Dizzee" Kipling in Baz Luhrmann's musical drama series "The Get Down," now on Netflix. It also helped that Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" is his favorite movie of all time. "I knew I was going to say yes," says Smith, about the moment the filmmaker pitched him the show.

Smith's outsider sensibility is also communicated through his clothing. He has made headlines for many ensembles, like the white Batman suit he wore to prom and to the Kim Kardashian/Kanye West wedding. "I've always been super-duper fly and super-duper different," he says of his style, adding that he's worn dresses and skirts for the last 10 years at least, but it was only fairly recently that such moves got attention. "People just start caring when they have a reason to start caring," he says, and cites his style icons: Andy Warhol, the Joker, Poseidon, and Spike from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer. …

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