Willow Smith Names 2 Canadians As Inspirations

Willow Smith has revealed her musical inspiration is a Canadian artist — but it’s not who you think.

“It's so funny because I listened to Michael Cera's album [2014's True That], and his guitar playing, voice and lyrics inspired me to start playing," she told Rolling Stone.

“He doesn't put himself out there as a musician, but the fact that his music is what inspired me to pick up a guitar was so random.”

Cera is better known as an actor whose credits include Arrested Development, Superbad and Juno.

Smith, 17, also named another famous Canadian as inspiring her vocals on her new album The 1st.

"Alanis Morissette sings with this abandon that is so inspiring, and I try to implement that in my live performances as well,” she explained. “You can tell when someone's singing from their heart.

"You just look at them and see that they're feeling it.”