“New Parenting Idea for Me”: Will Smith on Meeting Venus and Serena Williams for the First Time

Published 11/08/2021, 2:42 AM EST
372178 06: FILE PHOTO: Richard Williams, center, with his daughters Venus, left, and Serena 1991 in Compton, CA. Serena and Venus Williams will be playing against each other for the first time July 6, 2000 in the tennis semifinals at Wimbledon. (Photo by Paul Harris/Online USA)


Serena Williams and Venus Williams have truly defined the word of legacy. Following this, a biographical film called ‘King Richard’ has been made that portrays Richard Williams, Serena, and Venus. The film covers the journey of Richard Williams, who gives the proper directions to young Serena and Venus.

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Will Smith is playing the role of Richard Williams. In a recent interview, Smith talks about the first meeting with Serena and Venus. Will also shared his experience of taking up this intriguing role.

Richard Williams with his daughters

Will Smith’s first meeting with Venus and Serena Williams

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‘King Richard’ will be released on the silver screen on 19th November 2021. Just before that, in an interview, Will Smith expressed his experience of meeting Serena Williams and Venus Williams for the first time. Smith remembers Venus telling him, “ It’s almost like they brainwashed us. You said it was our punishment was that we couldn’t play tennis.”

He further added, ” They never had to push. It was like there was a Jedi mind trick. It wasn’t the standard trick that you see of a parent pushing and driving a child. There was that but it was the augmenting and flowing flowing fuel on a fire that they had. It was the fire coming from inside of Venus and Serena.”

Despite their strict family rules, Venus and Serena had the passion and fire to pursue their dreams. Nevertheless, this passion has made them two of the best female tennis players of all time.

Smith explores the new role

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In the same interview, Will Smith also talked about the unique experience he had while taking up this amazing role. He said this was a completely new parenting idea for him. Smith is playing the lead role of Richard Williams, father of Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

1992: Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams ride with their father Richard Williams at a tennis camp in Florida. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine /Allsport

He quoted, “ That was a new parenting idea for me of aligning with your children vs directing your children ‘. It was a very different concept and approach that was magical in the Williams family.”

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Surely, the actor Will Smith has loved this new experience of playing the role of Richard Williams.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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