Article Dec 27, 2016

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Will Smith: 'Willow can handle her own love life'

Will Smith is confident his daughter Willow can "handle herself" when it comes to dating.

The daughter of the Men In Black actor and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith turned 16 in October (16) and is already a fully fledged star in her own right with a budding music career and high-fashion campaigns to her name. Quizzed on whether male suitors are lining up to take her out, Will joked Willow already knows how to speak for herself in that area.

"My baby is 16," he exclaimed to Entertainment Tonight. "Willow can handle herself on that one. They knock on the door and the first couple of questions that Willow asks sort of shuts it down. She's so confident in who she is and what she wants to be and where she's going; it's just amazing to see that inner-energy come out in pictures. I'm very proud of her."

Joking that the Smith ladies are "a lot" to take in, Will puts his daughter's tough edge down to her mother's influence.

The 48-year-old actor was speaking at the New York City premiere of his new film Collateral Beauty, in which he plays a father coping with the loss of his daughter to a rare form of cancer.

At the same time as the film was in production, Will's own father, Willard Carroll Smith, Sr., was diagnosed with cancer, and during his chat with ET, the Suicide Squad star spoke again about how the illness has impacted his performance.

"During the time that I was preparing the character my father was diagnosed," he added, of his dad who passed away last month (Nov16). "So here I'm playing a character who's studying everything about loss and world religion and all of that, and I was able to share that with my father and we were able to work through the process."

Collateral Beauty hits cinemas from 15 December (16) and also stars the likes of Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren and Edward Norton.