Jurnee Smollett-Bell had a beautiful baby boy last year and she is enjoying the success of her new show 'Underground' which is returning for season 2 in March. The actress is also the March 2017 cover star of Ebony magazine. On the cover which was shot by Aaron Smith, Jurnee is wearing a really cute MARA HOFFMAN SPRING 2017 jumpsuit. I don't like the hair but it's a retro inspired look so it works for the theme. In the issue, she talks her character in Underground, colorism in Hollywood and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview. For more on Jurnee's feature, visit Ebony.com and pick up a copy on newsstand.
I wouldn’t even call myself a former child star. I was a child actor; there’s a difference. People look at you and they think they know you. They think they can place you in a certain category by what they think they know about you. But there’s so much more to all of us than what we know and what we see at face value.
On the 'Underground' critics:
I think we had seen the occupation so much, we wanted to see the revolution and that is what Underground is. It was the story of the uprising. It was the story of those of us who fought back, who attempted to fight for their freedom. That was a side of the story we were hungry to see in order to understand our whole history.
On her character Rosalee in Underground:
Rosalee was underestimated, and I think that’s one of the [ways] I can relate to her. That’s something I’ve struggled with my entire life—people underestimating me. But also there’s a fire inside of her that sometimes she doesn’t even understand. There’s this inner strength that she has and in season 2; it’s almost like a manic strength, another superwoman strength.
Credit: Ebony magazine