Paula Maxine Patton (born December 5, 1975) is an American actress and producer.
Patton made her feature film debut in the 2005 comedy Hitch, and has had starring roles in the films Déjà Vu (2006),
Precious (2009), Jumping the Broom (2011), Mission: Impossible
Ghost Protocol (2011), 2 Guns (2013), Warcraft (2016), and Sacrifice (2019).
Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce née Vanraden, a school teacher, and Charles Patton,
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.
She provided the female vocal counterpart on the song Can U Handle It which was co-written by Robin Thicke,
whom she would later marry.Patton has song-writing credits on multiple Robin Thicke albums under the
name Max derived from her middle name Maxine. Patton made her film debut with a small part in the 2005
romantic comedy film Hitch, alongside Will Smith. In the same year, she followed that with a small part in
the drama film London. In 2006, she appeared alongside OutKast members Andre.
Benjamin and Big Boi in the musical film Idlewild written and directed by Bryan Barber.
Patton's big break came in 2006 when she landed the pivotal female lead role of Claire Kuchever,
in the science fiction thriller Déjà Vu alongside Denzel Washington.The film received mixed reviews from critics,
but was a box office hit, grossing over US$180 million worldwide. She also appeared in her then-husband Robin Thicke's
Lost Without You video in 2006. In an interview with Hot 97 Paula revealed on Ebro in the Morning.
that she ghostwrote with her ex-husband Robin Thicke under the name Max Haddington. In 2008,
Patton played television reporter Kate Madison in the comedy-drama Swing Vote alongside Kevin Costner and Amy Carson,
the wife of Ben Kiefer Sutherland in the supernatural horror film Mirrors.
In Lee Daniels's critically acclaimed drama film Precious (2009), she played Ms. Blu Rain,
teacher at the alternative high school in Harlem, New York, who teaches and mentors disadvantaged students,
including the titular character, Claireece Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe).
She later co-starred as Queen Latifah's character's god-sister in the romantic comedy Just Wright (2010).