Jurnee Smollett-Bell's relationship with her Birds of Prey co-star, Margot Robbie, goes far beyond their work together on-screen. The actress recently sat down with BUILD, where she briefly opened up about how Robbie helped advocate for her during production when she stressed the importance of hiring a black hairstylist for her character, Black Canary.
"In pre-production when we were creating a look for the hair, for me it was very important to bring a woman of colour on in the hair department to create the look for Black Canary," she explained. "My hair, my texture, the kind of blond we were going for — I called her up and said, 'Honestly, Margot, it's just different.'" The character Smollett-Bell plays in the film is Black Canary, who's known for having blond hair. Since her hair is of a curlier texture, the actress insisted on hiring celebrity hairstylist Nikki Nelms, whose client list also includes Yara Shahidi, Zoë Kravitz, and Janelle Monáe.
She goes on to express her gratitude for Robbie and Sue Kroll — who both serve as producers on the film — because of their openness to her suggestion. "It wasn't something that they were aware of — the importance of black women hair and having a woman of colour do it," Smollett-Bell continued. "But they were open and they were able to listen, and when I explained it to them, they said, 'Absolutely, we'll bring her in.'"
Listen to Jurnee Smollett-Bell's full comments in the video above.