Birth Name: Justice Elio Smith
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: August 9, 1995
*Italian, French-Canadian (mother)
Justice Smith is an American actor.
Justice is the son of Duilia (Setacci) and Wayne Smith. His father is African-American. His mother is of Italian [Abruzzese] and French-Canadian descent. A picture of Justice with his sister and mother can be seen here.
He is not related to entertainer Will Smith.
Justice has said:
…Because I’m mixed it’s a lot more difficult because I’m not black enough for the black roles, and I’m not white enough for the white roles… that’s something that’s hard to explain to people in my own life. As a mixed kid, people want to categorize you as one thing or the other, and I’m proud to be black and I’m proud to be white, because I’m both of those things. I’m a biracial human being. I’m not one or the other… A lot of roles would come my way that were written for black actors and it would always say things like “addressing his dark skin” and I’m like, well, I don’t have dark skin… there are a lot of roles that are thugs and gangsters, which is fine because that’s part of the black experience, but if that’s all that we’re making and that’s all that we’re creating, then that’s all the mass of people are going to see us as, which is why we need to create diverse roles for diverse people and not just have “Oh, well I have diversity in my show because I have this black guy.”