Meagan Good

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Meagan Good
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Good in 2019
Born
Meagan Monique Good

Occupation
  • Actress
  • director
  • model
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2012; div. 2022)
RelativesLa'Myia Good (sister)
Websitemeaganmgood.com

Meagan Monique Good is an American actress and model. She first gained critical attention for her role in the film Eve's Bayou (1997), prior to landing the role of Nina in the Nickelodeon sitcom Cousin Skeeter (1998–2001). Good received further prominence after starring in the films Deliver Us from Eva (2003), Roll Bounce (2005), and Stomp the Yard (2007).

In 2012, Good featured in an ensemble cast of the film Think Like a Man. The following year, she played Joanna Locasto, the lead character on the NBC drama series Deception; and starred in the comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Furthermore, Good has had supporting roles in the films One Missed Call (2008), Saw V (2008), The Unborn (2009) and DC Comics' Shazam! (2019).

Early life and family[edit]

Good was born in the Panorama City neighborhood of Los Angeles. Her mother, Tyra Wardlow-Doyle, worked as Good's manager into her teens, and her father, Leondis "Leon" Good, is an LAPD police officer.[1][2][3] Good claimed that her maternal grandmother is "Jewish and African. My mother's father was Cherokee and something else. My dad's mother's Puerto Rican and black, and his father was from Barbados."[4] Good was raised with her three siblings in Canyon Country (now known as Santa Clarita), California. She began her acting career around the age of four.[5]

According to Good, she grew up "super nerdy, super skinny, buckteeth, big ole afro and yet I had a sense of confidence about myself, like, 'they just don't get it yet'".[6] She was a fan of Justin Timberlake and Usher in her teens. Good did not have any role models until early adulthood, when she began admiring actress Charlize Theron.[7]

Career[edit]

Childhood[edit]

In the early stages of her career, Good worked as an extra on television shows such as Doogie Howser, M.D. and Amen.[5] When she was 13, she was cast in her first film, the 1995 comedy Friday.[1] She first gained critical recognition for her performance as the troubled teen Cisely Batiste in Kasi Lemmons' 1997 film Eve's Bayou; she received two award nominations, including her first NAACP Image Award nomination.

Adulthood[edit]

After taking on small film and television roles for the next few years, Good began to transition into more mature roles in the early 2000s. Good believes she was able to move into adult roles due to playing characters several years younger than her.[7] From 1998 to 2001, she appeared as Nina on Nickelodeon's TV show Cousin Skeeter. Good landed small roles in the films 3 Strikes and House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute.

In 2003, a major year for Good, she landed roles in the action-drama Biker Boyz and the romantic-comedy Deliver Us from Eva, which helped her transition from child to adult actress. She also appeared as the character Vanessa for one season of My Wife and Kids, before being replaced by another actor.[8] In 2004, Good starred alongside Jordana Brewster, Sara Foster, and Jill Ritchie in the action film D.E.B.S., and received a Best Actress nomination at the 2005 Black Movie Awards. She also had small roles in The Cookout, Lance "Un" Rivera's directorial debut, and the teen dance film You Got Served.

In 2005, Good co-starred in the horror film Venom, as well as the well-received neo noir film Brick. She played opposite rapper/actor Bow Wow in Malcolm D. Lee's Roll Bounce. In 2006, Good played the role of Coco, which she felt was her first true lead actress role, in the urban action-drama Waist Deep.[5] Good also voiced a character for the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours that same year.[9] The following year, Good landed a role in the dance movie Stomp the Yard, starring with Ne-Yo and childhood and personal friend Columbus Short.[1] In 2008, Good appeared in the horror film One Missed Call as an ill-fated college student, Shelley Baum. She appeared as an angry trophy wife in the Mike Myers comedy The Love Guru, and in the latter half of the year, she was one of the victims/gameplayers in Saw V. She starred in 2009's The Unborn with Gary Oldman and Odette Yustman.

Good in 2012

She was part of the ensemble cast in 2012's Think Like a Man, a movie based on Steve Harvey's 2009 book Act like a Lady, Think like a Man. In 2013, Good starred in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Good returned to television from January to March 2013, starring in Deception. Good was contacted by her agents about the series while leaving a hair salon. She sat in her car "and cried for 30-minutes like a nerd, by myself."[10] In 2014, Good reprised her role for Think Like a Man Too, the sequel to Think Like a Man. Good stated she "had a really good time" while filming the sequel after initially being nervous "because there's so much energy that only Vegas can give." Filming Think Like a Man Too was Good's first time in Las Vegas shortly before she got married.[11]

Good has also appeared in many music videos, by artists such as 50 Cent, (21 Questions), Imajin, Isyss (of which Good's sister La'Myia Good is a member), Lil' Johnny, Memphis Bleek, Tyrese, and Will Smith.

She has started her own production company, Freedom Bridge Entertainment, with Marlon Olivera and fellow actors Tamara Bass and Ty Hodges.[12]

Good wore a royal blue dress designed by Michael Costello to the June 30, 2013 BET Awards ceremony. The dress featured a plunging neckline down to her midriff and a front slit that rose to midthigh,[13] It was sometimes compared to the Green Versace dress worn by Jennifer Lopez to the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2000.[14] Fashion & Style editors selected Good as "worst dressed" at the ceremony.[15]

The dress was controversial also because Good was presenting the BET Award for Best Gospel Artist. According to Christine Thomasos of The Christian Post, Good has a history of defending her stylistic choices of presenting herself as a "sexy Christian". She had said earlier that year:

there is a classy way to do everything and there is nothing wrong with being sexy or having sex appeal and I think that I am definitely going to be someone who is boldly going to go out to the masses and be someone who say, 'Look! Women its okay' ...[15][16][17]

Good responded on Instagram, expressing sadness that judgment had been passed on her, her character and her husband over what she wore to the ceremony. She said she picked the dress because she liked it and tried to express her individuality in her dress.[16][18]

In 2014, she, along with Hill Harper, contributed to the bestselling book by Enitan Bereola II, Gentlewoman: Etiquette for a Lady, from a Gentleman.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Although she was not raised in the church, Good is a Christian, considers herself a spiritual person and has said in numerous interviews that she declines roles that she feels might "disappoint God."[20][21] She explained in an interview that Jesus tops her list of heroes, and the last book she read was the Bible.[1]

At age 22, Good chose to focus on her career rather than dating, as she explained in a 2004 interview.[7] In 2011, Good began dating DeVon Franklin, an executive for Columbia Pictures and Seventh-day Adventist preacher. They became engaged in early April 2012, and were married on June 16, 2012, at Triunfo Creek Winery in Malibu, California.[22][23] The pair stated that they remained chaste in their relationship prior to their marriage.[14] In December 2021, it was announced Good and Franklin were divorcing after 9 years of marriage.[24] Their divorce was finalized in June 2022.[25]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Make a Wish, Molly Jenny Short
Friday Kid #2
1997 Eve's Bayou Cisely Batiste
Just One of the Girls Starkeesha TV Movie
1999 The Secret Life of Girls Kay
2000 3 Strikes Buela Douglas
Cousin Skeeter: New Kids on the Planet Nina
2001 House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute Tina Video
2002 Unglued Herself
2003 Biker Boyz Tina
Deliver Us from Eva Jacqui Dandridge
Ride or Die Fake Venus Video
2004 D.E.B.S. Max Brewer
You Got Served Beautifull
The Cookout Brittany
2005 Brick Kara
Venom Cece
Roll Bounce Naomi Phillips
2006 Miles from Home Natasha Freeman
Waist Deep Coco
2007 Stomp the Yard April Palmer
2008 One Missed Call Shelley Baum
The Love Guru Prudence Roanoke
Saw V Luba Gibbs
2009 The Unborn Romy
Good Hair Herself
2011 Jumping the Broom Blythe
Video Girl Lorie Walker
35 and Ticking Falinda
2012 LUV Beverly
Dysfunctional Friends Ms. Stevens
Think Like a Man Mya
Defeat the Label Herself Short
The Obama Effect Tamika Jones
Dick Little Megan
2013 Don Jon Hollywood Actress #2
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Linda Jackson
2014 Think Like a Man Too Mya
Babylon Fields TV Movie
2015 A Girl Like Grace Share
Charlie, Trevor and a Girl Savannah Herself
2017 Deuces Janet Foster
Love by the 10th Date Gabrielle Fateful TV Movie [26][27][28]
2018 A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. Free
2019 Shazam! Super Hero Darla
The Intruder Annie Russell
If Not Now, When? Tyra
2020 Monster Hunter Dash
2021 Death Saved My Life Jade TV Movie
2022 Day Shift Post-production[29][30]
Shazam! Fury of the Gods Super Hero Darla Post-production
TBA Hot Stepper

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Gabriel's Fire Young Girl Episode: "Birds Gotta Fly"
1994 On Our Own Traycee Episode: "Swiss Family Jerricos"
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Janie Episode: "Me and My Hormones"
1997 Pacific Blue Shalona James Episode: "Blood for Blood"
Touched by an Angel Nikki Episode: "The Pact"
The Gregory Hines Show Pauley Episode: "Three's Not Company"
1997–98 The Parent 'Hood Ariana Episodes: "No Soul on Ice" & "Flaked Out"
1998 Nothing Sacred Carissa Episode: "Signs and Words"
1998–01 Cousin Skeeter Nina Jones Main Cast
2000 Moesha Nicole Episode: "He Doth Protest Too Much"
The Steve Harvey Show Alicia Episode: "Don't Stand Too Close to Me"
2001 The Division Kara Taylor Episode: "The Parent Trap"
The Famous Jett Jackson Tara Essex Episodes: "Awakenings 1 & 2"
2001–02 Raising Dad Katie Recurring Cast
2002 The Jersey Tamika Episode: "The Playbook"
2003 My Wife and Kids Vanessa Scott Recurring Cast: Season 3
2005 Kevin Hill Melanie West Recurring Cast
2007 House Amy Episode: "Words and Deeds"
All of Us Katie Episode: "Sins of the Father" & "She Blinded Me with Science"
2009 Cold Case Beatrice Sloan (1970) Episode: "Soul"
2011 The Game Parker Keith Recurring Cast: Season 4
2012 Californication Kali Recurring Cast: Season 5
Harry's Law Cecilia Episode: "And the Band Played On"
2013 Deception Joanna Locasto Main Cast
2014 The Dead Diaries Alexis Episode: "Massacre"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Paula Bryant Episode: "Spousal Privilege"
2015 Mr. Robinson Victoria Wavers Recurring Cast
Minority Report Detective Lara Vega Main Cast
2016 Code Black Dr. Grace Adams Recurring Cast: Season 1
2017 White Famous Kali Recurring Cast
2018 Star Natalie Knight Recurring Cast: Season 2-3
2019-20 Prodigal Son Special Agent Colette Recurring Cast: Season 1
2021 Harlem Camille Main Cast

Video Games[edit]

  • 2006: Scarface: The World Is Yours

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Imajin: No Doubt
2003 50 Cent: 21 Questions 50 Cent's girlfriend
2018 Israel Houghton feat. Adrienne Bailon: Secrets Director

Accolades[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1998 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress Eve's Bayou Nominated
1998 YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film Eve's Bayou Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout (Female) Waist Deep Nominated
2007 Choice Movie Actress: Drama Stomp the Yard Nominated
2006 Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble Roll Bounce (Shared with cast) Nominated
2007 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Stomp the Yard (Shared with Columbus Short) Nominated
2008 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Stomp the Yard Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress Romance Think Like a Man Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Good, Meagan (2011). "Follow Your Heart". In Vassel, Rachel (ed.). Daughters of Men. New York: Amistad. p. 57. ISBN 9780062045775.
  3. ^ "Good & Plenty". TheFreeLibrary.com. October 1, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Williams, Kam (January 20, 2009). "Meagan Good: The Unborn Interview". KamWilliams.com. Retrieved June 30, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c "Meagan Good Interview". Stumped? Magazine. Archived from the original on July 3, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2009 – via stumpedmagazine.com.
  6. ^ "Meagan Good Talks Being A Sex Symbol, Racism In Hollywood And Playing Aaliyah". Vibe. May 25, 2010.
  7. ^ a b c Barker, Lynn (January 29, 2004). "Jennifer Freeman and Meagan Good: Sister, Sister". BET. Washington, DC: Viacom. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Where Are The Cast Of 'My Wife & Kids' Today?". Showbiz Cheat Sheet. January 6, 2020.
  9. ^ "The Girls of Scarface". GameShark.com. Archived from the original on May 3, 2009. Retrieved March 11, 2009.
  10. ^ Hunte, Justin (January 30, 2013). "Meagan Good Discusses 'Deception,"' Compares Aaliyah To Princess Diana". HipHop DX.
  11. ^ "Think Like a Man Too's Meagan Good reveals details on filming in Las Vegas". vegasplayermagazine.com. March 2014.
  12. ^ "Meagan Good Rolling Out Magazine Photos". MWZA.com. Retrieved March 11, 2009.
  13. ^ Wilson, Julee (July 2, 2013). "Meagan Good Cleavage-Baring, Low-Cut Gown Stuns At The 2013 BET Awards". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  14. ^ a b Tate, Amethyst (July 1, 2013). "Megan Good Dress: Actress Pulls A Jennifer Lopez In Plunging Blue Gown At 2013 BET Awards". International Business Times. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  15. ^ a b Durham, Jessica (July 1, 2013). "Meagan Good BET Awards 2013: [PHOTOS] Twitter Explodes With Hot, Plunging, Cleavage-Baring Style, 'Deception' Star Turns Heads, Celebrates Wedding Anniversary on Instagram". Fashion & Style. Archived from the original on July 6, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  16. ^ a b Thomasos, Christine (July 2, 2013). "Meagan Good Responds to Critics of Revealing BET Awards Dress". The Christian Post. Washington DC: The Christian Post Company. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  17. ^ Braxton, Greg (July 1, 2013). "Meagan Good presents BET gospel award in a dress cut to her navel". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  18. ^ "Meagan Good Responds To Christian Backlash To Revealing BET Awards Dress". News One (Pakistani TV channel). July 3, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  19. ^ Bereola II, Enitan O. (December 17, 2013). Gentlewoman : etiquette for a lady from a gentleman. Mobile, Alabama: The Bereolaesque Group. ISBN 9780615927770. OCLC 867789790.
  20. ^ Dowdell, Niki (May 2005). "Meagan Good: Grounded, Funny and Straight Up Cool". Sister 2 Sister. p. 19.
  21. ^ Neumer, Chris. "Meagan Good Interview". Stumped? Magazine. Archived from the original on July 3, 2008. Retrieved January 28, 2012. I'm a Christian, but not a religious Christian. I'm just very spiritual. I have my belief system and anything I feel would be disappointing to God I don't do. But, it has to be my personal feeling not someone else's or my pastor's or my mom's. If I feel that it's going to be disappointing to him, I won't do it.
  22. ^ Herndon, Jessica (June 17, 2012). "Meagan Good Weds In Malibu". People. New York City: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  23. ^ Corneau, Allison (June 17, 2012). "Meagan Good Marries DeVon Franklin". US Weekly. New York City: American Media, Inc. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  24. ^ Mizoguchi, Karen (December 21, 2021). "Harlem Star Meagan Good and Husband DeVon Franklin to Divorce After 9 Years of Marriage". People. Retrieved December 21, 2021.
  25. ^ Emmanuele, Julia (June 7, 2022). "Meagan Good's Divorce From DeVon Franklin Finalized Ahead of His 'Married at First Sight' Debut". US Weekly. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  26. ^ "Lifetime continues hot streak with Kelly Rowland, Meagan Good rom-com". Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  27. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Meagan Good, Kelly Rowland and Keri Hilson to Star in Lifetime Movie 'The 10th Date'". Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  28. ^ "Love By The 10th Date - Movie Trailer [Starring Meagan Good, Kelly Rowland, & Keri Hilson]". VannDigital. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  29. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 1, 2021). "Dave Franco, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Steve Howey, More Join Jamie Foxx In Netflix's 'Day Shift'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  30. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 27, 2022). "Netflix Announces Summer Slate Including Dates For Jamie Foxx's 'Day Shift' And Kevin Hart's 'Me Time'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 27, 2022.

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