Paula Maxine Patton, born December 5, 1975, is an American actress. Patton made her film debut in the 2005 comedy movie Hitch and starred in the 2016 movie Warcraft, based on the game series of the same name. Take a look below for 27 more interesting and awesome facts about Paula Patton.
1. Patton has been the female lead in Deja Vu, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, 2 Guns and Precious.
2. Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce, a school teacher, and Charles Patton, a lawyer.
3. Her mother is European American and her father is African American.
4. She graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School, and then started college at University of California, Berkeley, transferring to University of Southern California’s Film School after her first year.
5. After completing her studies, Patton won a three month assignment making documentaries for PBS.
6. She is featured on the cover of ex-husband Robin Thicke’s first album, A Beautiful World.
7. She shot and directed two Super-8 dramatic shorts and has attended the University of Southern California’s film school summer program.
8. Robin Thicke wrote his 2006 song “Lost Without U” for her.
9. She dated Robin Thicke for 14 years before marrying. They met when she was 15 and he was 14 at a teen club in Los Angeles.
10. Patton provided additional vocals for Usher Raymond’s multi-platinum album, Confessions, on the song, “Can U Handle It?”
11. She has played the love interest of Denzel Washington in two movies, Deja Vu and 2 Guns.
12. Patton returned to work three months after giving birth to her son Julian, in order to begin filming Jumping the Broom.
13. She gave birth to her first child at the age of 34, a son named Julian Fuego Thicke on April 6, 2010. The child father is her ex-husband, Robin Thicke.
14. She is a spokesperson for the Ellen Tracy fashion brand.
15. Patton has song-writing credits on multiple Robin Thicke albums under the name “Max,” derived from her middle name, Maxine.
16. Patton made her film debut with a small part in the 2005 romantic comedy movie Hitch, which starred Will Smith and Eva Mendes.
17. In 2006, she appeared alongside OutKast members Andre Benjamin and Big Boi in the musical movie Idlewild, written and directed by Bryan Barber.
18. Patton’s big break came in 2006, when she landed the pivotal female lead role of Claire Kuchever in the science fiction thriller Deja Vu, opposite Denzel Washington.
19. In 2008, she played television reporter Kate Madison in the comedy drama Swing Vote with Kevin Costner and Amy Carson, the wife of Ben, Kiefer Sutherland, in the supernatural horror movie Mirrors.
20. She co-starred as Queen Latifah’s character’s godsister in the romantic comedy Just Wright.
21. 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 series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. However, Patton landed the lead female role in the action movie Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and her role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was reduced to one episode.
22. In 2011, Patton played the leading role in the comedy movie Jumping the Broom.
23. In 2013, Patton co-starred with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in the action comedy movie 2 Guns, and starred in the leading role in the romantic comedy movie Baggage Claim.
24. On February 24, 2015, it was announced that Patton was cast as the lead character in the ABC crime drama pilot Runner. However, the pilot wasn’t picked up to series.
25. In 2016, she starred in the romantic comedy The Perfect Match, alongside Terrence Jenkins, and appeared opposite Adam Sandler in direct to Netflix comedy movie The Do-Over.
26. In January 2017, Patton was cast in the lead role of the ABC drama series Somewhere Between, which premiered on July 24.
27. According to Robin Thicke, when he met Patton at the age of 14 at the all-ages club, he sand Stevie Wonder’s “Jungle Fever” to her as they danced.