Animal Kingdom centers around the Cody family, who have had their fair share of turmoil over the years but never managed to stay out of jail. This changed with Janine Smurf Cody (played by Leila George), who was born into this criminal family but whose youth was filled with hope as she dreamed of escaping her family’s criminal lifestyle and building a new life outside the crime circle that held her hostage. From Bad Girl to Family Matriarch: The Evolution of Janine Smurf Cody

Who Is Leila George

George was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, to actor and producer Vincent D’Onofrio and actress Greta Scacchi,and raised by her mother in Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom She has three younger half-brothers

Who plays the young Janine Cody on Animal Kingdom?

For a show that consistently puts its characters through hell, it’s kind of odd how much Animal Kingdom reminds us all that life is worth living. On Wednesday night’s episode, Burning Bridges, we got yet another reminder just how powerful those reminders can be. Early in Season 3, Leila George—who plays young Janine Smurf Cody on Animal Kingdom—had a pivotal scene. Although she was playing 29-year-old Smurf in 1984, her character appeared as 22-year-old girl named Justine. She first appeared being gang raped by two men and then has sex with J (Finn Cole) in his car.

From Bad Girl to Family Matriarch: The Evolution of Janine Smurf Cody
From Bad Girl to Family Matriarch: The Evolution of Janine Smurf Cody

Things To Know About Janine Smurf Cody

1 She is a fictional character in The Wild Thornberrys television series and is voiced by Leila George. 2. She was originally 22 years old, but now she’s 29 due to time travel which makes her 18 today (or at least frozen in time as an 18-year-old). 3. She is named after Janine LaManna, a friend who worked on layout for Hanna-Barbera for many years, until her tragic death in 1992 from cancer. 4.

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Before She Was A Smurf…

As a child, young Janine was raised by a heroin-addicted single mother in downtown Detroit who regularly brought men home and used them for money and sex. As soon as she could, Smurf left that life behind, leaving her troubled childhood (and her abusive mother) behind. She joined a gang run by ex-con Cornell Cookie Burrows and quickly became his most trusted accomplice. Over time, Cookie’s fame grew while Janine’s own reputation got around Detroit as well thanks to her quick rise up through the ranks—not just as an enforcer but also one capable of driving high-dollar heists.

Training with Granny

In episode Matricide (1977), young gangster Janine Smurf Cody (Leila George) goes head-to-head with Papa Smurf (voice by Pat Harrington, Sr.) for control over her growing criminal empire. Meanwhile, Gargamel places a hit on her life and tries to capture her after she refuses to give him information about an incoming shipment of heroin.

From Bad Girl to Family Matriarch: The Evolution of Janine Smurf Cody
From Bad Girl to Family Matriarch: The Evolution of Janine Smurf Cody

While trying escape from Gargamel’s plans, Smurf learns how Granny and Poppa feel about having a crime lord for a granddaughter when she is sent away for training with them as part of her initiation into their family business. When poppa smurf gets sick it is up to granny smurf to get alll his medication he needs

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Battling Other Couples On Her Way To Dominance

As an adult, Smurf never hesitated to get into a catfight when it helped her career, whether it was a big score or settling scores. In one 1984 episode, she fought with another female criminal (Junkie Deb) in order to become leader of their all-female gang. In another episode, titled Bad Girl’s Revenge, that aired September 11, 1986, junkie Deb gets out of prison and starts causing trouble for Smurf. She steals from her and starts dating Knuckles McSmashy without his knowledge that she has stolen from him as well. Bad girl’s revenge is taken literally when Deb attacks her while she is having lunch with McSmashy at a cafe. This attack results in getting both women arrested.

Being A Mom & Living A Double Life

Our favorite character on Empire, who’s gone from a gangster bad girl to a family matriarch over four seasons, is facing her biggest struggle yet: losing her husband and being forced to protect and raise her children alone. But Janine Smurf Cody isn’t your typical Mother Hen. She started out as an orphaned runaway and got involved with a group of ruthless career criminals called The Dragons. Her life was saved by future husband Lucious Lyon, who took her under his wing and taught her how to be a ruthless mob boss like him—even though she secretly longed for a different kind of life that included marriage and kids. However, she has never been able to quit crime completely—until now.

From Bad Girl to Family Matriarch: The Evolution of Janine Smurf Cody
From Bad Girl to Family Matriarch: The Evolution of Janine Smurf Cody

Finding And Staying In Love

There is something very special about finding love at an early age. And it’s even more special when you find someone that you want to spend a lot of time with. Over 70% of teens today are in relationships, and just over half have been together for over a year, so there is certainly no lack of people in relationships out there. But some things don’t change; being a teen still comes with its own unique set of challenges, especially when it comes to finding love and navigating your way through dating without completely burning your relationship down in one ugly fire. After all, high school doesn’t last forever, and neither do those feelings. As soon as graduation rolls around and everyone starts their new lives together, it’s easy for your feelings to go away or fade into nothingness.

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Taking Over The Hustle (& Universe)

As we all know, Donald J. Trump was only supposed to win a single term in office, and not end up being president for life. But sometimes you just gotta make your own rules, right? For those who dream of taking over an entire organization and become unassailable forces in their industries, let’s take a look at how Donald J. Trump managed his takeover of America and also how he continues to be a relevant figure as President for Life today. Here’s what he did (and some things that you can do as well)

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