Showtime’s hit drama The Chi returned for its fifth season on Sunday, June 26th, and hence the core cast members such as Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, Yolanda RossShamon Brown Jr., Michael V. Epps, Birgundi Baker, Luke James, and Curtiss Cook are also back. Season 5 of The Chi will also welcome some new faces and Russian Doll actress Carolyn Michelle Smith is one of them.
Get to know Carolyn’s role in The Chi in the article below. Also, learn about her age, career, married life, and more.
Carolyn Michelle Smith On The Chi
The Chi is a coming-of-age story that centers around a group of residents on the South Side of Chicago who has become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.
The new season of the show “delves deeply into the many joys and complications of Black love: relationships, children, career, community, and self.”
Carolyn Michelle Smith plays Shaad’s new love interest, who has been described to help him level up in more ways than one.
Besides Carolyn Michelle Smith, Dear White People actress Nia Jervier also joined The Chi Season 5 in a recurring role. She plays Tierra, the poised and polished god-niece of Douda.
Ahead of the Season 5 premiere, Carolyn took to Instagram to reveal that the new season is a whole vibe. She wrote, “This Season 5 is a Whole VIBE!! Like a good home-cooked meal, on June 24th get ready to EAT, y’all! Trust me, you’ll be satisfied!! Shout-out to our Phenomenal Cast and Crew, the entire team at @hillmangradproductions & @showtime, and much love to @rishirajani and @lenawaithe. (…and get some foil, you’re gonna want 2nds!!)”
Carolyn Michelle Smith Career
Carolyn Michelle Smith attended an international private elementary school in the Washington, DC area as a child. In 2002, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York.
In 2008, Carolyn joined the prestigious Juilliard School, where she studied Theatre Arts. She also learned about acting and theatre in the British-American Drama Academy’s Midsummer at Oxford.
Upon graduation, Carolyn was cast in Katori Hall’s newest play ‘WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!’ at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Then, she made her Off-Broadway debut in “Hit The Wall” at The Barrow Street Theatre.
Carolyn’s Broadway debut came in the 2013 production of Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad directed by David Leveaux. Some of Carolyn’s other theatre credits include Soldier X (Ma-Yi Theatre Company, NYC) and Serial. Black. Face (Juilliard/Signature Theatre, NYC).
In 2014, Carolyn joined Netflix’s award-winning series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. She played the role of Willa Penton, chief of staff for Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), in Seasons 2 and 3 of the show.
The Chi star has also worked with Oscar Award-winning director Steve McQueen in HBO’s Codes of Conduct and Producer and Director Jonathan Starch in NBC’s Law and Order.
Carolyn starred in another hit Netflix show, Russian Doll Season 2, playing the role of Agnes, grandmother of Alan (Charlie Barnett).
Some of Carolyn’s other acting credits include Cherish The Day, Luke Cage, The Oath, Colony, How to Get Away with Murder, and Code Black, to name a few.
According to Carolyn’s LinkedIn handle, she currently serves Hillman Grad Productions as a Co-Director of Acting Track-Hillman Road.
As a first-generation Trinidadian who immigrated to the US, Carolyn has made immense contributions to the Black revolution activities. Always ready to support the black in their protest and revolution activities, Carolyn has also been actively raising her voice in all those bad times and supporting black lives for some time now.
Is Carolyn Michelle Smith Married?
We, here at Gossip Next Door, do not know if Carolyn Michelle Smith is married or not. It looked like she was single as of June 2022.
Carolyn Michelle Smith Age
Reportedly born in the year 1979, Carolyn’s age was around 42 as of this writing.
Carolyn Michelle Smith Height
Russian Doll star Carolyn Michele Smith stands at an average height of 5 feet 7 inches.
Is Carolyn Michelle Smith On Instagram?
Carolyn is on Instagram @that_carolynmichelle, where she has more than 5.5 thousand followers. You can also find her on Facebook.
Carolyn Michelle Smith Family
Talking about Carolyn Michelle Smith’s family, her parents are Mervun Llewellyn Thompson (father) and Carol Angela Smith (mother). The actress lost her mom recently in 2020. She even organized a fundraiser through GoFundMe in the loving memory of her mom. $8,652 was raised out of the $5,000 goal.
According to imdb.com, Carolyn’s mom was a legal secretary. Meanwhile, her father was a factory worker and flutist in the past.
Carolyn has featured her parents a number of times on her Instagram. She regularly makes posts on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and their birthdays.
On May 8, 2022, Carolyn shared an old picture of her with her mom and wrote, “Because you’ve Always been Fly and Fun! Happy Mother’s Day to you Mummy!” Similarly, on Father’s Day on June 22, 2020, she wrote, “Happy Father’s Day, to my Dad Mervyn Llewellyn Thompson. Thank you for loving me and being a special Guide in my Life.”
When Is Carolyn Michelle Smith Birthday?
According to Carolyn’s Facebook, she celebrates her birthday on the 8th of July every year.
How Much Is Carolyn Michelle Smith Net Worth?
What’s more, Carolyn Michelle Smith’s net worth was estimated below $1.5 million as of 2022.
Where Is Carolyn Michelle Smith From?
According to Carolyn’s Facebook, she is originally from Columbia, Maryland. Her current residence is however in Los Angeles, California.