Paula Maxine Patton (born December 5, 1975) 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).
Patton at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Paula Maxine Patton
December 5, 1975
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley
University of Southern California
(m. 2005; div. 2015)
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. She graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School, and then started college at University of California, Berkeley, 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was a box office hit, grossing over $180 million worldwide. She also appeared in her then-husband Robin Thicke's "Lost Without You" video in 2006. 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). She later co-starred as Queen Latifah's character's godsister in the romantic comedy Just Wright (2010).
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. 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. Mission: Impossible was released on December 16, 2011 and was a critical and commercial success, grossing almost $700 million worldwide. 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.
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. On February 24, 2015, it was announced that Patton was cast as lead character in the ABC crime drama pilot Runner. 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, and starred as Garona Halforcen in the Warcraft film adaptation, released in June.
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.
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. According to Thicke, he sang Stevie Wonder's "Jungle Fever" to her as they danced. The couple began dating in 1993 and married on June 11, 2005. Patton gave birth to their son, Julian Fuego, on April 7, 2010. They announced their separation on February 24, 2014 after 21 years together and almost nine years of marriage. On October 8, 2014, Patton officially filed for divorce and joint custody of their son. The divorce was finalized on March 20, 2015.
|2006||Idlewild||Angel Davenport/Sally B. Shelly|
|2006||Déjà Vu||Claire Kuchever|
|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|
|2013||Baggage Claim||Montana Moore|
|2014||About Last Night||Allison|
|2016||The Perfect Match||Sherry||Also producer|
|2016||The Do-Over||Heather Fishman|
|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
|2007||Black Reel Award||Best Breakthrough Performance||Déjà Vu||Nominated|
|2007||Best Supporting Actress||Precious||Won|
|Boston Society of Film Critics Award||Best Cast||Won|
|Critics' Choice Movie Award||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award||Best Ensemble||Nominated|
|2012||Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards||Kick Ass Award for Best Female Action Star||Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Action||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture||Jumping the Broom||Nominated|
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