Will Smith
Will Smith (R) and his daughter Willow Smith at the Chanel 2016-2017 fashion show Getty

Will Smith seems to be one proud father when it comes to his daughter Willow Smith. While walking the red carpet at the premiere of his new movie Collateral Beauty, the actor was asked about the teenager, and Smith couldn't help gushing about how the 16-year-old deals with the prospect suitors in her life.

Willow turned a year older in October, and if the 48-year-old actor's words are to believed, she can very well "handle herself" when young suitors turn up at their door.

"They knock on the door and the first couple of questions that Willow asks sort of shuts it down," the Suicide Squad actor told Entertainment Tonight during the New York City premiere on Monday.

Apparently, Willow takes after her mother – Jada Pinkett Smith – and also gets her tough edge from her.

However, the mother-daughter duo not only share similar personalities, but also is very much akin to each other when it comes to their sartorial choices. With her unique sense of fashion, young Willow is believed to have found a footing in the fashion and music industry, and Smith couldn't be more proud of his daughter.

"She loves self-expression, you know. 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... I'm very proud of her," the Men In Black actor quipped.

In his new drama, Smith plays a grieving man coping with the loss of his young daughter. At the time, when he was preparing for this emotional role, the actor was struggling with some personal tragedy as well, with his father being diagnosed with cancer.

"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," the actor shared noting that the whole process was a "beautiful confluence of life and art."

Smith's father – Willard Carroll Smith Sr – passed away in early October and the sad news was shared by actor's ex-wife Sheree Fletcher on social media on 7 October. Sharing an old throwback photo of Smith with his father and son Trey, Fletcher paid a tribute to Smith Sr.

"We're gonna miss you Daddio! You lived & played by your own rules...you truly were 1 of a kind!" she wrote.