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Of course, nothing tops her recent work in the HBO vampire drama True Blood and her award-winning performance in the WGN’s Underground.
With acting running in the family, Smollett was born on October 1, 1986 as one of six performing children born to Joel and Janet Smollett in New York City.
Fortunately, her husband, musician Josiah Bell, also shares Smollett’s humanitarian passions.
Together, they’re setting a fine example for their son, Hunter Zion, on what it means to give back to those in need.
“When I was younger, I really struggled with confidence,” Smollett confessed.
He texted me back a picture of his pitching portfolio—directors use pitching portfolios to get the gig—and next to the name Rosalee was my picture.” Smollett continues to star in Underground today and is well-aware that most of her success has been on television rather than in film. “For me, it’s rare [in film] to find a female character that is not just set dressing.
“Never let anyone silence your voice.” Getting her start as a child actor with recurring roles on sitcoms like Full House and Hangin’ with Mr.
Cooper, Jurnee Smollett has grown up in the spotlight where cameras have documented her transformation from a wide-eyed youngster with plenty of sass into a stunning 30-year-old woman.
I read so many scripts and it’s not really exciting to just be the girlfriend.
It’s not very exciting to go to work just to have your character’s identity being defined by her relationship with her male counterparts,” she says.
Fortunately, I have a mother who encouraged me to build my confidence from within and embrace my imperfections.” Taking a cue from her mother and becoming a true force in Hollywood, Smollett’s confidence received an even bigger boost when she fought hard and won the part of Rosalee in the WGN’s newest drama, Underground.