Jussie Smollet’s acting career might be in serious jeopardy, but his post-acting career has been full of hot takes that are just as entertaining and captivating as any role he ever portrayed on camera.

His infamous interview with Robin Roberts on ABC News, back in 2019 in which he alleged that he was attacked by Trump supporters has been viewed over 3 million times. Not too far behind that occurrence was his highly publicized declaration in a Chicago courtroom, immediately following his sentencing (for lying to police) where he maintained his innocence during his final statement. Now that jail time for the aforementioned crime is in his rearview mirror, the 40-year-old actor has his sights set on repairing his image in the public eye. In a recent interview with Sway’s Universe, an emotional Smollett talked about his family before discussing exactly how he found the strength to survive in Chicago’s dreaded Cook County Jail.