Jurnee Smollett

(Jurnee Smollett-Bell)

Jurnee Smollett
Jurnee Smollett
  • Born: October 1, 1986
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress

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Jurnee Smollett-Bell is an American actress. She began her career as a child actress appearing on television sitcoms, with her most significant regular role being on On Our Own (1994–1995). She received critical acclaim and Critic's Choice Award for playing Eve in the 1997 independent drama film Eve's Bayou.

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As an artist, you want to stretch. That's the only way you're going to grow. If I stay inside my comfort zone, do roles that I've done before, then I'm never going to get better as an actress.
Everyone has a past, but I try not to let that affect the way I see them; I want to get to know who they are today.
I am oftentimes the ear for some people that I know and love. Which I like being. I don't know if I'd like being a marriage counselor, though, because that's too deep for me. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
I come from a family of four brothers, so I like sports. Sports & Athletics ;Families, Children & Parenting
I don't really think about the critics or the commercial success. Success
I have so many passions outside of my passion for acting.
I just live my life. I go where I feel God is calling me. Life ;Religion & God
I like sitting down and watching games.
I love music, and I love drumlines. I like school bands a lot. There's nothing wrong with cheerleading, but I'd rather be a band geek. It's a little more interesting. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I try to give each performance my own soul, to bring a truth to my character. Hopefully, when I bring that much truth to a character, it resonates with somebody, and it sparks some kind of emotion in them. Truth
I'm a grandma at heart.
My best advice would be that you have to be vulnerable with each other. Like, everyone says you have to be honest, you have to communicate; like, yes, of course, but you gotta be willing to be vulnerable.
My little brothers loved baseball. I'm not as big on that as basketball or football, but I understand the game.
Never let anyone silence your voice.
There are so many people who will try and make you feel like your opinion doesn't matter, and I've learned how important it is to use your voice.
Vanessa Williams in person is like... the camera cannot capture how gorgeous this woman is! She is just so breathtaking.
When I was younger, I really struggled with confidence.
You go through those awkward, dorky, geeky stages, and growing up in the industry amplifies all that. Fortunately, I have a mother who encouraged me to build my confidence from within and embrace my imperfections.

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