Who is Jazz Smollett?
Jazz Smollett was born in Northern California, USA, on 1 April 1980 – her zodiac sign is Aries and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, film producer and a cooking personality, who might still be known best for her starring role in the ‘90s comedy series “On Our Own”, created by David W. Duclon, and which also stars her five siblings who, after a tragic family incident, have to stay together so as to not be separated and put into foster care. The series was nominated for two awards.
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Siblings and parents
Jazz was raised alongside her siblings Jojo, Jussie, Jurnee, Jake and Jocqui, in New York by their African-American mother who was a housewife, and their Jewish father who died of cancer when Jazz was still quite young.
Jazz became interested in acting at a very early age, and practiced her skills at her elementary school’s drama club – she became interested in cooking around the same time, as she would often help her mother in the kitchen. She attended a local high school, at which she started playing soccer and tennis, while still helping her mother with raising her siblings.
After matriculating in 1998, Jazz enrolled at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002.
Career in the film industry
Jazz has been credited with only one acting performance other than in “On Our Own” – in 2007, she starred as Lennox Jones in the short romantic film “I Want You”, written and directed by Nefertite Nguvu, and which also starred Ohene Cornelius – the movie follows two New Yorker’s who fall in love, and it won an Audience Award for Best Film at the New York African-American Women in Cinema Festival.
She has three producing credits: the 2009 short news “Hydeia Broadbent Speaks”, the 2013 talk show “The Reel Story: 12 Years a Slave”, and the 2016 family series “Smollett Eats”. Jazz was the production manager on the 2008 short drama “In Silent Spaces”, written and directed by Safiya Songhai, and the 2009 short drama “Always with You”, written and directed by Troy Warwell. She also received special thanks for her contribution to the 2009 short crime drama “Amanda’s Return”.
Jazz has been invited as a guest onto various talk shows – she appeared in a single episode of the show “Today” in 2018, while the same year saw her appear in “The Chew”, “Rachael Ray” and “Home and Family” – she was also invited to appear in two episodes of “The Dr. Oz Show”.
Jazz is a writer who published her cookbook “The Family Table: Recipes and Moments From a Nomadic Life”, while there are rumors circulating the internet that she might currently be working on her second book.
Jazz often shares her mom hacks with her fans, whether it’s on her social media accounts or in the videos featured on the YouTube channel “WhatsUpMoms”, which is very popular as it numbers more than 3.1 million subscribers, and over 2.4 billion views of all its videos combined.
Jazz also served as a guest judge for the Food Network’s show “Family Food Showdown”.
Love life and relationships
Jazz met Troy Warwell at a party sometime in the 2000s, and the two dated for several years before marrying in 2012 in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family– they have one daughter together named Nylah.
After seven years of married life, it was reported that the two split, and their divorce was finalized sometime in 2019.
Troy Warwell is an American film writer, director and producer, who was born on 22 December 1977 in The Bronx, New York City. He has eight writing, 10 producing and nine directing credits, while he has also worked as an actor, cinematographer and an editor – he is probably known best for having written the short crime drama film “Amanda’s Return”.
Jazz hasn’t talked about any other men she might have dated, so as of December 2020, she is single, has been married once, and has one daughter.
Hobbies and other interests
Jazz is interested in photography, and many of the pictures taken by her can be found uploaded onto her Instagram account, which is today followed by more than 125,000 people.
Before she gave birth, Jazz was interested in travelling and visited many US states for both work and pleasure, while it is believed that she has travelled to Africa on several occasions, mostly because of her mother’s African descent. She mostly enjoys spending her time in nature, and isn’t a big fan of overcrowded cities.
In her spare time which is mostly late at night, Jazz is keen on watching movies, and a couple of her favorite actors and actresses are Denzel Washington, Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson, while her favorite movies are “Jumanji”, “Seven Pounds” and “Fences”.
Age, height and net worth
Jazz is 40 years old. She has long curly black hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).
As of December 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.