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Paula Patton

Paula Patton
Born Paula Maxine Patton
(1975-12-05) December 5, 1975
Los Angeles, California, United States
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Robin Thicke (m. 2005; div. 2015)
Children 1

Paula Maxine Patton (born December 5, 1975)[1] is an American actress. She made her film debut with supporting role in the 2005 comedy film Hitch, and the following year appeared in musical film Idlewild.

Patton had her breakthrough role in the 2006 action thriller film Déjà Vu. She later had the female lead roles in films Mirrors (2008), Swing Vote (2008), Jumping the Broom (2011), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) and 2 Guns (2013). She also co-starred in the critically successful film Precious (2009), and as lead actress starred romantic comedy films Jumping the Broom (2011) and Baggage Claim (2013). Patton is set to star in the upcoming epic fantasy film Warcraft, based on the game series of the same name.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (née Vanraden), a school teacher, and Charles Patton, a lawyer. Her mother is white and her father is black.[2][3][4] She graduated from Hamilton High School, and then started college at UC Berkeley,[5] transferring to USC Film School after her first year. Shortly after completing her studies, she won a three-month assignment making documentaries for PBS.[6][7]


Patton provided additional vocals for Usher on his 2004 album Confessions. She provided the female vocal counterpart on the song "Can U Handle It?" which was co-written by her then-husband Robin Thicke.[8] Patton has song-writing credits on multiple Robin Thicke albums under the name "Max", derived from her middle name (Maxine).

Patton made her film debut with a small part in the 2005 romantic comedy film, Hitch, which starred Will Smith and Eva Mendes.[9] She followed that with a small part in the drama London. In 2006, she appeared alongside OutKast members Andre Benjamin and Big Boi in musical film Idlewild written and directed by Bryan Barber.[10]

Patton's big break came in 2006 when she landed the pivotal female lead role of Claire Kuchever in the science fiction thriller Déjà Vu opposite Denzel Washington.[11] The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was box office hit, grossing over $180 million worldwide.[12] She also appeared in her husband Robin Thicke's "Lost Without You" video in 2006.[13] In 2008, Patton played television reporter Kate Madison in the comedy-drama Swing Vote with Kevin Costner and Amy Carson, the wife of Ben (Kiefer Sutherland) in the supernatural horror film Mirrors. In Lee Daniels' critically acclaimed drama film Precious, she played Ms. Blu Rain, a teacher at the alternative high-school in Harlem, New York, who teaches and mentors disadvantaged students, including the titular character, Claireece Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe).[14] She later co-starred as Queen Latifah's character's godsister in the romantic comedy Just Wright (2010).[15]

Patton with Tom Cruise and Anil Kapoor at the screening of Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol in 2011

In late 2010, it was announced that Patton would succeed Sharon Stone as the new full-time assistant district attorney on the NBC legal drama series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[16][17] However, Patton landed the lead female role in action film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and her role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was reduced to one episode. She was replaced by Melissa Sagemiller.[18] Mission: Impossible was released on December 16, 2011 and was a critical and commercial success, grossing almost $700 million worldwide.[19] Also in 2011, Patton played the leading role in the comedy film Jumping the Broom. The movie grossing over $37 million opposite $6 million production budget.[20][21]

In 2013, Patton co-starred with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in the action comedy film 2 Guns, and starred the leading role in the romantic comedy film Baggage Claim. The film received negative reviews from critics.[22] On December 4, 2013, Legendary Pictures announced that Patton would be joining the cast of the Warcraft film adaptation as Garona Halforcen, set to be released in March 2016.[23]

On February 24, 2015, it was announced that Patton was cast as lead character in the ABC crime drama pilot, Runner.[24][25] It not was picked up to series. She later starred opposite Adam Sandler in Direct-to-Netflix comedy film The Do Over,[26] and romantic comedy The Perfect Match alongside Terrence Jenkins.[27]

Personal life

At the age of 16, Patton met recording artist Robin Thicke in 1991 at an under-21 hip-hop club called Balistyx (co-founded and co-hosted by David Faustino) on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, when Thicke asked her to dance.[28][29] According to Thicke, he sang Stevie Wonder's "Jungle Fever" to her as they danced.[29] The couple began dating in 1993[30] and married June 11, 2005.

Patton gave birth to their son, Julian Fuego on April 7, 2010.[31] They announced their separation on February 24, 2014 after 21 years together and almost nine years of marriage.[32][33][34] On October 8, 2014, Patton officially filed for divorce and joint custody of their son.[35] The divorce was finalized on March 20, 2015.[36]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Hitch Mandy
2005 London Alex
2006 Idlewild Angel Davenport/Sally B Shelly
2006 Déjà Vu Claire Kuchever Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
2008 Mirrors Amy Carson
2008 Swing Vote Kate Madison
2009 Precious Ms. Blu Rain Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast (tied with Star Trek)
Nominated – Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2010 Just Wright Morgan Alexander
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Jane Carter Nominated – Alliance of Women Film Journalists: Kick Ass Award for Best Female Action Star[37]
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Actress Action
2011 Jumping the Broom Sabrina Watson Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
2012 Disconnect Cindy Hull
2013 2 Guns Deb
2013 Baggage Claim Montana Moore
2014 About Last Night Allison
2016 Warcraft Garona Halforcen
2016 The Do Over
2016 The Perfect Match Sherry Also producer
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Murder Book Det. Angela Kellogg Unsold TV pilot
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit A.D.A. Mikka Von Episode: "Wet"
2012 Single Ladies Layla Twilight Episodes: "The Business of Friendship" and "Fast Love"
2015 Runner Lauren Marks Unsold TV pilot


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  15. ^ "Just Wright". May 14, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Precious Star Paula Patton is Law & Order: SVU's New ADA". 
  17. ^ 'Law & Order: SVU' exclusive: 'Precious' star circling new ADA post | Ausiello | (2010-06-23)
  18. ^ Chris Harnick (September 10, 2010). "'"Melissa Sagemiller to Replace Paula Patton on 'Law and Order: SVU. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Jumping the Broom (2011) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Movie Projector: 'Thor' to hammer competition at the box office". Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Baggage Claim". September 27, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  23. ^ Collura, Scott (December 4, 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft".  
  24. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Paula Patton Cast As Lead In ABC Pilot ‘Runner’ - Deadline".  
  25. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister. "‘Runner': Paula Patton Cast As Lead In ABC Drama Pilot - Variety".  
  26. ^ Mike Fleming Jr (June 1, 2015). "Paula Patton Joins Adam Sandler & David Spade In Netflix Comedy ‘The Do Over’ - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  27. ^ Tatiana Siegel (July 1, 2015). "Terrence Jenkins, Paula Patton to Star in 'The Perfect Match' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Robin Thicke Interview".  
  29. ^ a b "V-Intimate Nights with Robin Thicke! Q & A". V-Intimate Nights. July 2, 2012. Clear Channel Communications. V101.5 FM ( 
  30. ^ Penn, Charli (December 21, 2011). "Exclusive: Robin Thicke on Loving Black Women, Interracial Dating, and Pleasing Paula". Essence. 
  31. ^ Cruz, Anne Marie (April 7, 2010). "Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Welcome a Son". People Magazine. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Robin Thicke and Paula Patton 'mutually' decide to split".  
  33. ^ Clark, Cindy (February 25, 2014). "Robin Thicke, Paula Patton announce split".  
  34. ^ "Robin Thicke and Paula Patton 'mutually' decide to split".  
  35. ^ "Paula Patton Files For Divorce From Robin Thicke". October 8, 2014. 
  36. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (March 20, 2015). "Robin Thicke, Paula Patton divorce finalized".  
  37. ^ "Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards 2011". Movie City News. 

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