has earned some of the best notices of her career for Lovecraft Country
, HBO’s hit supernatural limited series. She stars as Letitia ‘Leti’ Lewis, a young African-American woman drawn into an occult odyssey through the segregated and virulently racist America of the 1950s. Malevolent white people, some involved in strange, mystical activities, and bloodthirsty beasts pursue Leti and her traveling companions, Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors
) and Montrose Freeman (Michael K. Williams), across 10 episodes of supercharged action. HBO may order a second season, which would once again put Leti through the wringer.
Deadline: What was your reaction when you first read the script?Jurnee Smollett
: Number one, after reading it, I lost sleep. I felt such an overwhelming desire to play Leti. There was such a fear that there would be anyone but me playing that. And I don’t really have that sort of reaction usually to roles.