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Jurnee Diana Smollett born October 1, is an American actress and singer. Smollett began her career as a child actress appearing on television sitcoms, including On Our Own — and Full House — She received critical acclaim and Critic's Choice Award for playing Eve in the independent drama film Eve's Bayou. Her father was Jewish , with ancestors from Russia and Poland,    while her mother is African American. Smollett began her acting career appearing on Martin in the Christmas episode and Out All Night in In , she appeared in the Francis Ford Coppola film Jack , making her big-screen debut. Smollett received critical acclaim for her performance as year-old Eve in the film Eve's Bayou opposite Lynn Whitfield , Samuel L. Jackson and Debbi Morgan.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell is weighing in on the controversy surrounding brother Jussie Smollett 's alleged attack , revealing that the scandal has been extremely difficult for their entire family. The actress addressed the incident for the first time in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter , in which she told the outlet that it's "been f—king painful" for her family to see Jussie under public scrutiny. While the year-old was "already in a very dark space for a number of reasons," Jurnee said she's tried not to let her brother's situation make her "pessimistic. Smollett, 38, pleaded not guilty to allegations that he lied to police about the incident, which authorities later claimed he had staged with two acquaintances to draw attention to himself. FB Tweet ellipsis More. Image zoom. Get push notifications with news, features and more. You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications.
Jurnee Smollett has spoken out for the first time about the ongoing scandal surrounding her brother Jussie Smollett. The Empire star, who has maintained his innocence throughout the case, was dropped from the Fox show as a result of the scandal. Prosecutors later charged Smollett with filing a false police report before abruptly dropping the charges in March