You’ve probably seen her in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and have been wondering, where did she come from? Well this issue we help you get to know our Babe of the Month, Paula Patton.
Paula Maxine Patton (born December 5, 1975) is an American actress known for her appearances in the films Idlewild (2006), Déjà Vu (2006), Mirrors (2008), Swing Vote (2008), Precious (2009), Just Wright (2010), Jumping the Broom (2011), and most recently Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011).
Patton was born in Los Angeles and graduated from Hamilton High School, and then started college at UC Berkeley, transferring to USC Film School after her first year and graduating magna cum laude. Shortly after completing her studies, she won a three-month assignment making documentaries for PBS. Later she worked for the Discovery Health Channel as producer for the show Medical Diaries.
Her first acting role was a small part in 2005’s Hitch, which starred Will Smith and Eva Mendes. She followed that with a small part in the drama London and appeared alongside OutKast members Andre Benjamin and Big Boi in Idlewild.
Patton’s big break came in 2006 when she landed the pivotal role of Claire Kuchever in the science-fiction thriller Déjà Vu, starring Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer. She played television reporter Kate Madison in 2008’s Swing Vote. She appeared in the film Mirrors, alongside Kiefer Sutherland, in 2008.
She also appeared in her husband Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without You” video in 2006. In Precious, Patton plays Blu Rain, a teacher at an alternative high school in New York. There she encounters and mentors the main character, Precious.In fall 2010, Patton was announced as succeeding Sharon Stone as the new full-time assistant district attorney on the NBC legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. However, Patton landed the lead female role in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and thus her role on SVU was reduced to one episode
Paula Patton stripped down for GQ’s January issue, where the Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol star looked sexier than ever showing off her killer curves, posing in lingerie. You can check out the behind the scenes video here.
Did you know?
Paula met her husband, singer Robin Thicke, at a teen club in Los Angeles when she was 15, and he was 14. I suppose you can say it was love at first sight.
Catch Paula Patton in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore
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