After playing one of the key roles in Birds of Prey, Jurnee Smollett is back in our lives thanks to the HBO show Lovecraft Country. The characters she played in these projects are very different in terms of physicality, and she was forced to completely switch up her fitness routine in between.
Smollett recently discussed her fitness journey with Men’s Health and revealed that she worked out closely with celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins to get in the right shape for Lovecraft Country. She had to accomplish “softer and rounder” look common for a woman in 1954, especially since her character Leti was a passionate sprinter.
This task wouldn’t be so difficult if she wasn’t busy shooting Birds of Prey after finishing the Lovecraft pilot. Smollett was required to put on between 10 and 15 pounds of muscle for the role of Black Canary and she did intensive training that included mixed martial arts.
Once Birds of Prey wrapped up, she was forced to lose her newly-gained muscles and switch up her workout routine while filming the rest of Lovecraft Country. Jurnee’s training regimen consisted of strength training, cardio, kickboxing, yoga, and meditation, but she was able to take things a little slower after switching to her new role.