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At the 2011 Emmy Awards, a CurlyNikki correspondent caught up with the gorgeous and talented Jurnee Smollett! Best known for her roles in “Eve's Bayou” and “The Great Debaters,” the naturally curly actress currently plays Jess Merriweather on the critically acclaimed television series “Friday Night Lights.”

As a kid of the 90s, however, I remember ogling Jurnee's curls as early as her “Full House” days. So here you have it, four minutes and five questions with Jurnee! And, GO!

Jurnee's Quick Emmy Chat

What does it feel like to be here on TV's biggest night?

It's really exciting, a little overwhelming. To be a part of a show like “Friday Night Lights,” that’s nominated for best drama — it kind of doesn’t get better than this. I’m excited.

What are you going to do when your nomination comes? We know it’s coming!

You know what? For me, I don’t think a lot about nominations for myself. Because honestly I just want to do great work. I want to work with people that challenge me, like great filmmakers. I don't really know what I’ll do, if it ever happens. That’s not really my focus, honestly.

How does it feel to be a part of the cast of a show like “Friday Night Lights?”

It feels really amazing, because it's such an incredible show. I mean, to be a part of a show that I think is going to go down in history as one of the great television shows... it’s an honor for me. I grew a lot as an actress, I learned a lot about making television that is truthful. So for me, it was such a great experience and something that I’ll forever be proud of.

How's married life?

It's the greatest thing God could've ever invented. I'm so happy. Josiah and I were married on October 24th, so we're coming up on a year.

Do you have natural hair? What do you use?

I'm natural. I've never done a perm. I've always heard that they're damaging, but I don't know, I've never tried it. Maybe it's for me in the future? I don't know.

As far as products, I adore Carols Daughter. I use a lot of different things. I like to keep my hair moisturized, so I try lots of different conditioners. My hair can get dry especially in the LA weather.

Maintenance is easy. I do my hair myself. For work and events, I just blow it out, curl it and go. I’m not the girl that likes a lot of maintenance. On my off days I wear it natural, big and wild.

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Final Thoughts

For the record, "Friday Night Lights" took home two Emmys that night! One for Best Actor in a Drama Series, and one for Best Writing!

 

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