Born June 21 1982, Jussie Smollett is an American Actor, Singer and Photographer. He began his career as a child actor in 1987 commercials and films including The Mighty Ducks (1992) and North (1994). He was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California together with his three brothers and two sisters.
Smollett also appeared in many films including A Little Piece of Heaven (1991), Pitch This (2009), The Skinny (2012), Born to Race: Fast Track (2014), Ask Me Anything, Alien: Covenant-Prologue Last Supper, Alien: Covenant and Marshall, all in 2017. His star rose high after he played Jamal Lyon in Fox’s 2015 TV Drama Empire. Fame and fortune became part of him and many questions regarding his sexuality began to pour in.
Jussie Smollett revealed he is gay in a televised interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015. In 2016 Interview with Out Magazine he said,
“If I had to label myself, I would label myself as a gay man.”However, he stated that his belief that openness to love is more important than gender, revealing that “If I fall in love down the road with a woman, I’m going to love that woman.”
Critics believe that the role of Jamal Lyon was so much influenced by Empire creator Lee Daniels, who is also gay.