At ten years old, Smollett was the talk of Hollywood for her portrayal of conflicted young Eve Baptiste. In the years since, she has starred in a number of films and television shows including Friday Night Lights, Grey's Anatomy and The Great Debaters. Smollett has also been an activist for AIDS awareness and youth development in South Africa. In 2010, she tied the knot with musician Josiah Bell and earlier this year, starred in Tyler Perry's Temptation.
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