Long before she fought monsters both huguy and also otherworldly on HBO"s "Lovecraft Country," the Emmy nominee was obtaining laughs from a studio audience as little bit Denise Frazer on the ABC series.

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Long prior to she fought monsters both human and otherworldly as Letitia Lewis on HBO’s Lovecraft Country — a revolve that earned her an Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama this year — Jurnee Smollett was gaining laughs from a studio audience as bit Denise Frazer on ABC’s Full House.

Born into a household of performers (she and also her five siblings, Jussie, Jazz, Jojo, Jocqui and Jake, played fictionalized versions of themselves on the short-lived 1994 ABC sitcom On Our Own), Smollett was a natural in front of the video camera, booking modeling gigs at simply 10 months old. In 1992, at age 4, she scored a recurring component on the fifth seakid of the hit sitcom around a widower (Bob Saget) raising his 3 daughters with the assist of his brother-in-regulation (John Stamos) and ideal friend (Dave Coulier).

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“I remember the feeling of performing in front of a live audience, and being able to feed off of them,” Smollett states. “There that action-reactivity cycle that happens when you are in front of a live audience, and also ‘Oh, if I carry out this, this makes them laugh.’ It was such good training for me bereason it really gave me confidence and liberty.” She vividly recalls shooting her first scene, in which she uses Michelle Tanner (played in tandem by Mary-Kate and also Ashley Olsen) a sandwich as a gesture of friendship. “The audience applauded as I walked in front of them and I gave them a peace sign,” she says via a laugh. “In my head, that was my inner Janet Jackchild moment.”

That moment could not have actually come if her mom, Janet, hadn’t pushed for her to audition for the duty, which was originally composed for a white girl. Perhaps that’s why Smollett is still well-known now from her first TV gig. “There’s a generation of young girls, womales of shade, who have repeatedly expressed to me didn’t check out many young brown girls, young Black girls on TV in the time of that time. Growing up via a photo of a girl whose hair was curly, you understand, it had actually an impact on them,” she claims. “I’m appreciative of and also grateful for that.”

This story initially appeared in a August stand-alone worry of The Hollytimber Reporter magazine. To get the magazine, click below to subscribe.