Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell has been happily married to musician Josiah Bell for six years. They got married on October 24, 2010.
Talking about her relationship, Jurnee said that she and her husband were best friends before they even started dating. Their friendship led to great foundation for their lasting relationship.
“We were best friends before we started even dating, so we had this really great foundation. I think one of the challenging things about any lasting relationship is that you have to be so vulnerable. I think as human beings we try to hide our flaws and try to present this perfect person, this person we wish we were to our spouse when that causes so many troubles.”
Smollett-Bell says that being with someone from the entertainment industry is both a good and challenging thing.
“I do think it’s easier because for him to understand what I do because he’s an artist. But it’s challenging because our hours are so different.”
Music is considered a core part in their lives, family and relationship. In an interview, Jurnee said:
“Music is pretty much the core of our household, our relationship. It is the creative force of everything we do. We’ll just come home after rough days or whatever and just literally lie on the floor and go put on a record and just decompress.”
American actress Jurnee began her career as a child artist in 1994. She had co-starred with her brother Jussie and Jake on the ABC sitcom, On Our Own. She also made appearances on movies and shows, such as Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Full House, Feet Martin, Wanda at Large, House and Grey’s Anatomy.
Jurnee received critical acclaim for her significant role as a 10 year old Eve in the 1997 independent drama movie Eve’s Bayou and won Critic’s Choice Award.
Smollett has starred in the racially stimulating Disney film Selma, Lord, Selma, in the historical movie The Great Debaters as the sole female debater, Samantha Booke. In 2013, she starred in Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor as a hot marriage counselor who is tempted to cheat on her husband.
Smollet has also appeared in numerous television shows including NBC sports drama Friday Night Lights and HBO vampire drama True Blood.
Smollett is not only a brilliant actor but also a social activist. She has been active in HIV/AIDS causes since she was young at the age of 11. She is on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa, which is an organization dedicated to HIV/AIDS in Africa. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Defense Fund.
Winner of three NAACP Image Awards, Journee Smollett-Bell has an estimated net worth of $2 million.