Good in Hollywood, California, August 13, 2012
|Born||Meagan Monique Good
August 8, 1981
Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||DeVon Franklin (m. 2012)|
Meagan Monique Good (born August 8, 1981) is an American actress. Beginning her career at the age of four, Good has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, feature films, and music videos.
In 2011, Good featured in an ensemble cast of the highly successful film version of Think Like a Man. She played Joanna Locasto, the lead character on the NBC drama series Deception. She also starred in the 2013 comedy Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues starring Will Ferrell. Good has also earned a reputation as a scream queen with her involvement in the horror genre with films including Venom (2005), One Missed Call (2008), Saw V (2008), and The Unborn (2009).
Good was born on August 8, 1981, in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Tyra Wardlow-Doyle, worked as Good's manager into her teens, and her father, Leondis "Leon" Good, is an LAPD police officer. Good has said of her ancestry that her maternal grandmother is "Jewish and African, so I guess that would be considered Creole. My mother's father was Cherokee and something else. My dad's mother's Puerto Rican and black, and his father was from Barbados." 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.
In the early stages of her career, Good worked as an extra on television shows such as Doogie Howser, M.D. and Amen. When she was 13, she was cast in her first film, the 1995 comedy Friday. 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. 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'". She was a fan of Justin Timberlake and Usher in her early teens. Good did not have any role models until early adulthood, when she began admiring actress Charlize Theron.
Career as an adult
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. From 1998 to 2001, she appeared as Nina on Nickelodeon's hit show Cousin Skeeter. Good later took on 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 five episodes during the third season of My Wife and Kids, before being replaced by Brooklyn Sudano for unknown reasons. 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 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. Good also voiced a character for the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours that same year. The following year, Good landed a role in the dance movie Stomp the Yard, starring with Ne-Yo and childhood friend Columbus Short. In 2008, Good appeared in the horror film One Missed Call and the Mike Myers comedy The Love Guru, and in the latter half of the year could be seen in Saw V. Good also starred in 2009's The Unborn with Gary Oldman and Odette Yustman.
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.” In 2014, Good reprised her role for the Think Like a Man sequel. 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.
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.
Good wore a royal blue dress designed by Michael Costello to the June 30, 2013 BET Awards ceremony. The dress, which featured a plunging neckline down to her midriff and a front slit that rose to midthigh, was described as "raunchy." It was sometimes compared to the Green Versace dress worn by Jennifer Lopez to the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000. Fashion & Style editors selected Good as "worst dressed" at the ceremony.
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'..."
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.
Although she was not raised in the church, Good is a Christian, considers herself a very spiritual person and has stated in numerous interviews that she would not play roles that she feels might "disappoint God". She explained in an interview that Jesus tops her hero list and the last book she read was the Bible.
Good at age 22 chose to focus on her career rather than dating, as she explained in a 2004 interview. 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. They have stated that they remained chaste prior to their marriage.
|1995||Make a Wish, Molly||Jenny|
|1997||Eve's Bayou||Cisely Batiste|
|1999||Secret Life of Girls, TheThe Secret Life of Girls||Kay|
|2000||3 Strikes||Buela Douglas|
|2001||House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute||Tina||Video|
|2003||Deliver Us from Eva||Jacqui Dandridge|
|2004||Ride or Die||Fake Venus||Video|
|2004||You Got Served||Beautifull|
|2004||Cookout, TheThe Cookout||Brittany|
|2005||Roll Bounce||Naomi Phillips|
|2006||Miles from Home||Natasha Freeman|
|2007||Stomp the Yard||April Palmer|
|2008||One Missed Call||Shelley Baum|
|2008||Love Guru, TheThe Love Guru||Prudence Roanoke|
|2008||Saw V||Luba Gibbs|
|2009||Unborn, TheThe Unborn||Romy|
|2011||35 and Ticking||Falinda|
|2011||Jumping the Broom||Blythe|
|2011||Video Girl||Lorie Walker|
|2012||Dysfunctional Friends||Ms. Stevens|
|2012||Think Like a Man||Mya|
|2012||Defeat the Label||Herself||Short film|
|2012||Obama Effect, TheThe Obama Effect||Tamika Jones|
|2013||Don Jon||Hollywood Actress #2|
|2013||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Linda Jackson|
|2014||Think Like a Man Too||Mya|
|2015||A Girl Like Grace||Share|
|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||Just One of the Girls||Starkeesha||TV film|
|1997||Pacific Blue||Shalona James||Episode: "Blood for Blood"|
|1997||Touched by an Angel||Nikki||Episode: "The Pact"|
|1997||Gregory Hines Show, TheThe Gregory Hines Show||Pauley||Episode: "Three's Not Company"|
|1997||Parent 'Hood, TheThe Parent 'Hood||Ariana||Episode: "No Soul on Ice"|
|1998||Parent 'Hood, TheThe Parent 'Hood||Ariana||Episode: "Flaked Out"|
|1998||Nothing Sacred||Carissa||Episode: "Signs and Words"|
|1998–2001||Cousin Skeeter||Nina Jones||Main role (52 episodes)|
|2000||Moesha||Nicole||Episode: "He Doth Protest Too Much"|
|2000||Steve Harvey Show, TheThe Steve Harvey Show||Alicia||Episode: "Don't Stand Too Close to Me"|
|2001||Division, TheThe Division||Kara Taylor||Episode: "The Parent Trap"|
|2001||Famous Jett Jackson, TheThe Famous Jett Jackson||Tara Essex||Episodes: "Awakenings 1 & 2"|
|2001–2002||Raising Dad||Katie||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2002||Jersey, TheThe Jersey||Tamika||Episode: "The Playbook"|
|2003||My Wife and Kids||Vanessa Scott||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2005||Kevin Hill||Melanie West||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2006||Scarface: The World Is Yours||Femme Fatale (voice)||Video game|
|2007||House||Amy||Episode: "Words and Deeds"|
|2007||All of Us||Katie||Episodes: "Sins of the Father", "She Blinded Me with Science"|
|2009||Cold Case||Beatrice Sloan (1970)||Episode: "Soul"|
|2011||Game, TheThe Game||Parker Keith||Episodes: "It Was All Good Just a Week Ago", "Never Surrender"|
|2012||Californication||Kali||Recurring role (7 episodes)|
|2012||Harry's Law||Cecilia||Episode: "And the Band Played On"|
|2013||Deception||Joanna Locasto||Main role (11 episodes)|
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Paula Bryant||Episode: "Spousal Privilege"|
|2015–present||Minority Report||Detective Lara Vega||Main role|
|2015||Mr. Robinson||Victoria Wavers||4 episodes|
|1998||NAACP Image Awards||Nominated||Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress||Eve's Bayou|
|2008||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||Stomp the Yard|
|1998||YoungStar Awards||Nominated||Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film||Eve's Bayou|
|2005||Black Movie Awards||Nominated||Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||D.E.B.S.|
|2006||Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||Waist Deep|
|2006||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated||Choice Breakout (Female)||Waist Deep|
|2007||Choice Movie Actress: Drama||Stomp the Yard|
|2006||Black Reel Awards||Nominated||Best Ensemble||Roll Bounce (Shared with cast)|
|2007||MTV Movie Awards||Nominated||Best Kiss||Stomp the Yard (Shared with Columbus Short)|
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated||Choice Movie Actress Romance||Think Like a Man|
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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.
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