Jurnee was undeniably impressive in Full House, but by the age of 10, the child star was wowing the industry with her turn as the titular Eve Batiste in Kasi Lemmons's award-winning movie, Eve's Bayou.
Sinking her milk teeth into her role as Samuel L. Jackson's daughter, Jurnee clearly made a huge impression on her fellow cast members. Her on-screen aunt Debbi Morgan explained to the New York Times that "with a part like Eve, it had to be an exceptional child. It was something innate that Jurnee did up there on that screen. You can't teach that.”
While the adults around her were impressed with her performance, it was all just a day's work to the precocious and intelligent Jurnee at the time. The ten-year-old told the New York Times, ”My agent called and told my mommy about this movie that she thought was really good for me. She said Eve was me. So my mommy and me and my sister read the script and we talked about Eve and how I should portray her and what Eve was about.”
As with many things in her life, Eve's Bayou was a family affair for Jurnee and her real life younger brother Jake (pictured above), who starred as her on screen sibling Poe in the hard-hitting 1997 movie.