Paula Patton

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Paula Patton
Paula Patton TIFF 2012.jpg
Patton in September 2012
Born Paula Maxine Patton
(1975-12-05) December 5, 1975 (age 39)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Robin Thicke
 (m. 2005; div. 2014)
Children 1

Paula Maxine Patton (born December 5, 1975)[1] is an American actress, who has appeared in such films as Idlewild (2006), Déjà Vu (2006), Mirrors (2008), Swing Vote (2008), Precious (2009), Just Wright (2010), Jumping the Broom (2011), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), Baggage Claim (2013), and 2 Guns (2013).

Early life[edit]

Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (née Vanraden), a school teacher, and Charles Patton, a lawyer. Her mother is Caucasian, and her father is African American.[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's first acting role was a small part in 2005's Hitch, which starred Will Smith and Eva Mendes.[8] She followed that with a small part in the drama London and appeared alongside OutKast members Andre Benjamin and Big Boi in Idlewild.[9]

Patton in 2011

Her big break came in 2006 when she landed the pivotal role of Claire Kuchever in the science fiction thriller Déjà Vu.[10] She played television reporter Kate Madison in Swing Vote (2008) and appeared in Mirrors, which was released the same year. She appeared in her husband Robin Thicke's "Lost Without You" video in 2006.[11]

In Precious (2009), Patton played a teacher at an alternative high-school in Harlem, New York. At the school, Ms. Rain teaches and mentors disadvantaged students, including the film's main character, C. Precious Jones.[12]

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, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[13] However, Patton landed the lead female role in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and her role on SVU was reduced to one episode. She was replaced by Melissa Sagemiller.[14]

On December 4, 2013, Legendary Pictures announced that Patton would be joining the cast of Warcraft film adaptation, set to be released in March 2016.[15]

Personal life[edit]

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. [16][17] According to Thicke, he sang Stevie Wonder's "Jungle Fever" to her as they danced.[17] The couple began dating in 1993,[18] and married June 11, 2005. Patton gave birth to their son, Julian Fuego on April 7, 2010.[19] They announced their separation on February 24, 2014 after 21 years together and almost nine years of marriage.[20][21][22] On October 9, 2014, Patton officially filed for divorce and joint custody of their son.[citation needed]

Other work[edit]

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.[23] Patton has song-writing credits on multiple Robin Thicke albums under the name "Max", derived from her middle name (Maxine).



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Hitch Mandy
London Alex
2006 Idlewild Angel Davenport/Sally B Shelly
Déjà Vu Claire Kuchever Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
2008 Mirrors Amy Carson
Swing Vote Kate Madison
2009 Precious Ms. Blu Rain Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast (tied with Star Trek)
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for
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[24]
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action
Jumping the Broom Sabrina Watson Nominated—Black Reel Awards for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Image Awards for Outstanding Actress
2012 Disconnect Cindy Hull
2013 2 Guns Deb
Baggage Claim Montana Moore
2014 About Last Night Allison
2016 Warcraft Garona


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[25] A.D.A. Mikka Von[13] Episode: Wet
2012 Single Ladies Layla Twilight 2 episodes


  1. ^ "Paula Patton biodata at". The Biography Channel. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ Fischer, Paul. "Exclusive Interview: Paula Patton", (August 1, 2008)
  3. ^ Oksenhorn, Stewart (September 30, 2009). "Paula Patton offers ‘Precious' performance, earns Aspen Film honor". Aspen Times. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ Evans, Rory (March 2010). "Paula Patton: Precious star Paula Patton reveals all". Women's Health. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ Paula Patton at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ "Paula Patton". New York Times. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Paula Patton Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "5 Things You Don't Know About Paula Patton". etonline. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "IDLEWILD: An Interview with Paula Patton". August 2006. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Paula Patton Talks About "Deja Vu"". Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Robin Thicke - Lost Without U". youtube. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Paula Patton at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ a b "Precious Star Paula Patton is Law & Order: SVU's New ADA". 
  14. ^ Chris Harnick (September 10, 2010). "Melissa Sagemiller to Replace Paula Patton on 'Law and Order: SVU'". Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  15. ^ Collura, Scott (December 4, 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Robin Thicke Interview". The Howard Stern Show. August 29, 2013. Sirius XM Radio. Howard 100.
  17. ^ 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).
  18. ^ Penn, Charli (December 21, 2011). "Exclusive: Robin Thicke on Loving Black Women, Interracial Dating, and Pleasing Paula". Essence. 
  19. ^ Cruz, Anne Marie (April 7, 2010). "Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Welcome a Son". People Magazine. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Robin Thicke and Paula Patton 'mutually' decide to split". cnn. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  21. ^ Clark, Cindy (2014-02-25). "Robin Thicke, Paula Patton announce split". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  22. ^ "Robin Thicke and Paula Patton 'mutually' decide to split". Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Confessions: Usher". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  24. ^ "Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards 2011". Movie City News. 
  25. ^ 'Law & Order: SVU' exclusive: 'Precious' star circling new ADA post | Ausiello | (2010-06-23)

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