SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 10:  Actress Jurnee Smollett carrying Coach attends Coach's 3rd Annual Evening of Cocktails and Shopping to Benefit the Children's Defense Fund hosted by Katie McGrath, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk at Bad Robot on April 10, 2013 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Coach)

Jurnee Smollett


We’ve been witnessing her acting skills since she was a toddler, but it was her performance in 1997’s Eve’s Bayou that won Jurnee Diana Smollett serious attention and critical acclaim. She’s since starred and co-starred in various hit films like Roll BounceSelma Lord, Selma andThe Great Debaters, which garnered her an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress. Married to soul singer Josiah Bell, the respected actress has also starred on Friday Night Lights and as the lead in Tyler Perry’s Temptation.