Jaden, Jada Pinkett and Willow Smith at the Kit Kittredge premiere
06/21/2008 AT 05:00 PM EDT
Preparing for a film role can be daunting, but as the daughter of Will Smith
, Willow Smith didn’t have to go far for acting advice.
“My dad gives me tips,” Willow told PEOPLE last week at the New York City premiere of Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
, in which she costars. “He says listen to the director and feel the moment.” And did she feel the moment? “Yes, I did.”
Willow, who hit the red carpet with her mom Jada Pinkett Smith and brother Jaden, also enlisted her family to assist in the wardrobe department.
“My mom helped and the stylist helped,” said the 7-year-old actress of her premiere attire: a sequined shirt, Capri pants, Tory Burch shoes and strands of green and red woven into her braids.
As for her Kit Kittredge
attire, “I didn’t have a lot of makeup,” said Willow. “Basically, for me it's just clothes, clothes, clothes, shoes.”
The child actress, who also appeared in her dad's film I Am Legend
, enjoyed tapping into her creative side on screen.
“It's really fun,” says Willow of acting. “Because on the set, the directors tell you something and you can do it a whole different way. And they will still like it.”
And with dad Will starring in the film Hancock
on July 2, the same day Kit Kittredge
opens, which Smith does Willow think will do better at the box office? One word: “Me.”