Will and Jada also show their children respect by encouraging them to have a children's council. One council meeting came about when 15-year-old Trey asked for an allowance of $100 a week. "I said, 'Okay, all you kids go into the room, and I want you to come back and make a recommendation to me of what his allowance should be,'" Will says. So Trey, 10-year-old Jaden and 8-year-old Willow, along with Will's niece and nephew, gathered to discuss the allowance.
"They all went into a room for about 45 minutes. They talked about it, and what they realized is whatever decision they made was a decision that was going to affect all of them," he says. "If it was unreasonable, they would lose their power." When the children's council came back to Will, he says they decided that Trey only needed about $40 a week.
"That is shocking!" Oprah says.
Will says Trey started questioning the importance of material things after his grandmother died. "He was there, in the moment, when she passed," Will says. "He got a real sense of that loss and the idea of needing to create the new Trey, needing to create that new idea." So for his upcoming 16th birthday, he didn't ask for gifts. Instead, he asked his friends to donate presents to a children's hospital. "He just realized, 'Gifts? What does that really mean?'"
"You all must be doing something right," says Oprah. "For a 16-year-old to say 'I don't want gifts. Bring gifts and we'll give them to other people.'"
Will's Seven Pounds co-star Rosario Dawson was discovered while sitting on her front porch when she was just 15 years old. Since arriving in Hollywood, this New York native has starred in independent films like Sin City, as well as box office hits like Men in Black 2 and Rent.
Acting isn't Rosario's only passion. In 2004, she co-founded a nonpartisan organization called Voto Latino. She says her goal was to mobilize Latino voters by going door-to-door in states like Colorado and registering new voters.
"I felt really strongly about telling people, especially minority people, saying your voice matters. It doesn't even matter if you vote for the person who doesn't win. It's just important that you use it," she says. "I can't tell people that their voice matters only if you check this box. So I had to just go out there and just push really hard."
In all, Rosario says Voto Latino registered more than 30,000 new voters in just four years. "It was so amazing to be a part of this election," she says.
When Rosario isn't knocking on doors in swing states, she's busy making movies. Rosario says she was drawn to the film Seven Pounds after reading the script.
While flying home from the Hispanic Heritage Awards with her mom and grandmother, Rosario says she opened the script and was immediately hooked. "I start, and I'm just crying immediately," she says. "I realized I'm like 50 pages in, and I don't know what's happening."
Before reading the ending, Rosario says she went back and reread the parts she loved. "I acted them out in my chair in the plane," she says. "Then, [I] read the ending. ... I'm not a public crier, per se, and I'm just sitting on this plane with people. I was a weepy mess."
Rosario wasn't the only star who shed a few tears. While screening the film for the first time, Rosario says her emotions got the best of her...and Will had the same reaction. "We walked out crying. I was, like, 'Oh, thank God,'" Rosario says. "'It's not just me.'"
While filming Seven Pounds, Will did something he's never done before—shot a love scene with someone other than his wife! Before this, Will's only other love scene was with Jada in Ali.
On the first day of rehearsal, Rosario says Will peppered her with questions about what would make her the most comfortable and what he should wear. "[He said,] 'I don't want to be that guy with my hand on your thigh when the director says cut. I don't want to be that guy,'" she says. "Then he goes on to tell me, 'Could Jada be there?'"
Will isn't afraid to admit that he was terrified. "My worst nightmare is to have a woman that's around me feel like I disrespected her," he says.
Rosario says she spoke with Jada, who encouraged her husband to go for it. "She was like, 'Don't make me look bad. You better bring it,'" Rosario says.
After filming ended, Will says he had a difficult time adjusting to normal life. The movie, which is about a man who suffers a serious loss, took Will to a dark, emotional place, he says.
"That re-entry period back into the family was the most difficult time after a film for me," he says. "I would come home, and my wife and kids are in the bed. ... It was just excruciating to think about what life would be without them."
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