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Paula Maxine Patton (born December 5, 1975)[1] is an American actress. Patton made her film debut in the 2005 comedy film Hitch and starred in the epic fantasy film Warcraft (2016), based on the game series of the same name. Patton has also been the female lead in Déjà Vu (2006), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), and 2 Guns (2013), and appeared in the critically acclaimed Precious (2009).

Paula Patton
Paula Patton by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Paula Maxine Patton
(1975-12-05) December 5, 1975 (age 42)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
University of Southern California
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Robin Thicke
(m. 2005; div. 2015)
Children 1


Early lifeEdit

Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (née Vanraden), a school teacher, and Charles Patton, a lawyer. Her mother is Euro-American and her father is African-American.[2][3][4] She graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School, and then started college at University of California, Berkeley,[5] transferring to University of Southern California's 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 Robin Thicke, whom she would later marry.[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 the 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 a box office hit, grossing over $180 million worldwide.[12] She also appeared in her then-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 in the leading role in the romantic comedy film Baggage Claim. The film received negative reviews from critics.[22] On February 24, 2015, it was announced that Patton was cast as lead character in the ABC crime drama pilot Runner.[23][24] It was not picked up to series.

In 2016, Patton starred in the romantic comedy The Perfect Match, alongside Terrence Jenkins, appeared opposite Adam Sandler in direct-to-Netflix comedy film The Do-Over,[25][26] and starred as Garona Halforcen in the Warcraft film adaptation, released in June.[27]

In January 2017, Patton was cast in the lead role of the ABC drama series Somewhere Between, which premiered on July 24. She plays Laura Price, a mother who travels back in time to prevent her daughter's death.[28]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1991, at the age of 16, Patton met recording artist Robin Thicke, who was then 14, 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.[29][30] According to Thicke, he sang Stevie Wonder's "Jungle Fever" to her as they danced.[30] The couple began dating in 1993[31] and married on June 11, 2005. Patton gave birth to their son, Julian Fuego, on April 7, 2010.[32] They announced their separation on February 24, 2014 after 21 years together and almost nine years of marriage.[33][34][35] On October 8, 2014, Patton officially filed for divorce and joint custody of their son.[36] The divorce was finalized on March 20, 2015.[37]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Hitch Mandy
2005 London Alex
2006 Idlewild Angel Davenport/Sally B. Shelly
2006 Déjà Vu Claire Kuchever
2008 Mirrors Amy Carson
2008 Swing Vote Kate Madison
2009 Precious Ms. Blu Rain
2010 Just Wright Morgan Alexander
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Jane Carter
2011 Jumping the Broom Sabrina Watson
2012 Disconnect Cindy Hull
2013 2 Guns Deb
2013 Baggage Claim Montana Moore
2014 About Last Night Allison
2016 The Perfect Match Sherry Also producer
2016 The Do-Over Heather Fishman
2016 Warcraft Garona Halforcen
2018 Traffik Brea
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
2017–present Somewhere Between Laura Price Main role

Awards and nominationsEdit


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  7. ^ "Paula Patton Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Confessions: Usher". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Deja Vu (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
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  21. ^ "Movie Projector: 'Thor' to hammer competition at the box office". Los Angeles Times. May 5, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Baggage Claim". Rotten Tomatoes. September 27, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
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  24. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 24, 2015). "Paula Patton Lands Lead Role In ABC Drama Pilot 'Runner'". Variety. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  25. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (June 1, 2015). "Paula Patton Joins Adam Sandler & David Spade In Netflix Comedy 'The Do Over' - Deadline". Archived from the original on January 29, 2017. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  26. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (July 1, 2015). "Terrence Jenkins, Paula Patton to Star in 'The Perfect Match' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  27. ^ Collura, Scott (December 4, 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Archived from the original on July 14, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  28. ^ Stanhope, Kate; Goldberg, Lesley (January 26, 2017). "Paula Patton to Star in ABC Straight-to-Series Drama 'Somewhere Between'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Robin Thicke Interview". The Howard Stern Show. August 29, 2013. Sirius XM Radio. Howard 100. 
  30. ^ a b "V-Intimate Nights with Robin Thicke! Q & A". V-Intimate Nights. July 2, 2012. Clear Channel Communications. V101.5 FM (WSOL-FM) (Jacksonville, Florida). 
  31. ^ Penn, Charli (December 21, 2011). "Exclusive: Robin Thicke on Loving Black Women, Interracial Dating, and Pleasing Paula". Essence. 
  32. ^ Cruz, Anne Marie (April 7, 2010). "Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Welcome a Son". People. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  33. ^ Duke, Alan (February 24, 2014). "Robin Thicke and Paula Patton 'mutually' decide to split". CNN. Archived from the original on August 10, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  34. ^ Clark, Cindy (February 25, 2014). "Robin Thicke, Paula Patton announce split". USA Today. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Robin Thicke and Paula Patton 'mutually' decide to split". CNN. February 24, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  36. ^ McAfee, Tierney (October 8, 2014). "Paula Patton Files For Divorce From Robin Thicke". Hollywood Life. 
  37. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (March 20, 2015). "Robin Thicke, Paula Patton divorce finalized". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 

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