PAULA PATTON (Deb Rees) emerged as an
unforgettable talent with her
leading roles in Tony Scott's
Deja Vu, where she starred
opposite Academy Award -
winning actor and 2 Guns
co-star Denzel Washington,
and Bryan Barber's original
musical Idlewild. However,
it was Patton's memorable
performance as the compassionate
Ms. Rain in the critically acclaimed drama
Precious that quickly made her a household name.
Patton's body of work is proof that she is one of today's
most gifted actresses.
Patton was last seen in the fourth installment of
the popular Mission Impossible franchise, Mission:
Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, where she starred
alongside Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner. The film
grossed more than $693 million worldwide. She
recently starred in the independent drama Disconnect,
which was directed by Henry Alex Rubin and costarred
Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Bateman.
Patton will soon be seen in David E. Talbert's
comedy Baggage Claim, with Taye Diggs, where she
plays flight attendant Montana Moore who, in pledging
to keep herself from being the oldest daughter and
the only woman in her entire family never to wed,
embarks on a 30-day, 30,000-mile expedition to charm
a potential suitor into becoming her fiance.
In May 2011, Patton co-starred in the weddingthemed
comedy Jumping the Broom, opposite Angela
Bassett, Laz Alonso and Loretta Devine. Patton
received a 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination for
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in
the film. Patton also appeared opposite Queen Latifah
and Common in Just Wright.
Patton starred in the critically acclaimed and
award-winning film Precious, directed by Lee Daniels.
The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival
where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience
Award. Additionally, it was shown at the Cannes Film
Festival in Un Certain Regard. Precious is the story of
Claireece Precious Jones, a young African-American
girl who has endured unimaginable hardships in her
life. Patton played the challenging role of Ms. Rain, a
teacher who tries to make a difference in Claireece's
life and reveals to her the opportunity that still awaits
her. The film garnered numerous award nominations
including six Academy Award nominations, a Golden
Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture --
Drama, a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination
for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion
Picture and a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Film.
Patton was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for
her pivotal role in the film.
In 2008, Patton appeared in the thriller Mirrors,
opposite Kiefer Sutherland. That same year, audiences saw Patton in the light-hearted political satire Swing
Vote, alongside industry veterans Kevin Costner,
Dennis Hopper and Kelsey Grammer.
In August 2006, Patton starred in Idlewild, alongside
Outkast's Andre Benjamin and Antwan A. Patton,
Terrence Howard, Ving Rhames and Patti LaBelle. The
musical, set in the Prohibition-era American South,
was directed by Bryan Barber and produced by Charles
Roven. Patton played a diva from St. Louis who travels
to Idlewild and, with the help of Benjamin's character
as her piano man, the two develop a stage act as well as
a love affair. Patton was previously seen in the romantic
comedy Hitch, in which she co-starred opposite Will
Smith, Eva Mendes and Kevin James.
Patton grew up in Los Angeles, attending the
Hamilton High School for the Performing Arts. She
always had a passion for acting and filmmaking. Upon
graduating from high school, Patton was chosen as one
of four young filmmakers for a PBS documentary series
titled The Ride, which followed the four filmmakers as
they directed their own documentary films about young
people across America. After spending her freshman
year of college at UC Berkeley, with an increasing
passion for filmmaking, Patton transferred to the
prestigious USC Film School, where she graduated
magna cum laude. Upon graduation, she began doing
various production assistant work and eventually
worked her way up to shooting and producing a show
titled Medical Diaries, for the Discovery Channel.
When the show was completed, Patton realized her love
of acting and immediately enrolled in acting classes.
After a year of studying, she decided to pursue a career
in professional acting.
Patton currently resides in Los Angeles.
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