Will Smith Shares The Venus Williams Moment That Helped Him Fall In Love With Her Dad Years Before Making King Richard


The Williams sisters rose to become all-time great professional tennis players, but every success story starts somewhere else. In the case of Venus and Serena, it was their father Richard Williams who helped them begin their journey to become champions. Their story is told in the new movie King Richard, which sees Will Smith portraying the late father and coach. According to the actor, his interest in the ladies’  father went back years and years prior to reading the movie’s script. 

During King Richard’s virtual press conference, which CinemaBlend was in attendance for, Will Smith shared that Richard Williams had an impact on him back in the ‘90s. In his words: 

There was an interview that Venus was doing. It’s a famous interview where Richard Williams snaps on the reporter and says ‘Now she’s gonna say it how she’s gonna say it with a whole lot of confidence.’ I saw that in real time and the look on Venus’ face burned in my heart because that’s how I wanted my daughter to look when I showed up. And that interview had really changed my parenting at that time.



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