Patton in September 2012
|Born||Paula Maxine Patton
December 5, 1975
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Spouse(s)||Robin Thicke (m. 2005) (separated)|
Paula Maxine Patton (born December 5, 1975) 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 and education
Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (née Vanraden), a school teacher, and Charles Patton, a lawyer. Her father is black and her mother is white. She graduated from Hamilton High School, and then started college at UC Berkeley, transferring to USC Film School after her first year. Shortly after completing her studies, she won a three-month assignment making documentaries for PBS.
Patton's 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. Her big break came in 2006 when she landed the pivotal role of Claire Kuchever in the science fiction thriller Déjà Vu. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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  According to Thicke, he sang Stevie Wonder's "Jungle Fever" to her as they danced.
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 husband Robin Thicke. Patton has song-writing credits on multiple Robin Thicke albums under the name "Max", derived from her middle name (Maxine).
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||A.D.A. Mikka Von||Episode: Wet|
|2012||Single Ladies||Layla Twilight||2 episodes|
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