Will Smith makes surprise visit to South London School
London, March 09, 2013
First Published: 17:37 IST(9/3/2013)
Last Updated: 17:40 IST(9/3/2013)
Men in Black star Will Smithsurprised students at a school here by showing up unannounced during a tour of the local area.
The 44-year-old actor is currently in the UK capital with his son Jaden, who is opening for Justin Bieber on his Believe tour, and was shown around by local
politicians Tessa Jowell and Chuka Umunna, reported the Daily Star.
During his day out, Smith visited local music venue Electric Brixton and a coffee shop, before stopping by St Martin's School in Tulse Hill where he was given a rapturous welcome by 950 female pupils.
The actor hosted a question-and-answer session with the girls and offered up advice on breaking into the entertainment industry.
Headmistress Lesley Morrison said, "He was fantastic, he spoke with such sincerity, really aspirational, it was a truly inspirational visit the girls will never forget. I know that he's a superstar and everything but he is a humble man as well."
"The girls will never ever forget it... I wasn't quite sure how they would react but they were just totally and utterly thrilled. They've all watched (Smith's TV show) The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air but they've seen all the Men In Black films as well," she added.
Jowell said the visit was organised after Smith expressed a desire to see London's Harlem in reference to the New York City neighbourhood.