Meagan Good

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Meagan Good
Meagan Good 2012.jpg
Good in Hollywood, California, August 14, 2012
BornMeagan Monique Good
(1981-08-08) August 8, 1981 (age 33)
Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, film producer
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)DeVon Franklin (m. 2012)
Website
www.meaganmgood.com
 
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Meagan Good
Meagan Good 2012.jpg
Good in Hollywood, California, August 14, 2012
BornMeagan Monique Good
(1981-08-08) August 8, 1981 (age 33)
Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, film producer
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)DeVon Franklin (m. 2012)
Website
www.meaganmgood.com

Meagan Monique Good (born August 8, 1981) is an American film and television actress and occasional film producer. 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.

Early life[edit]

Good was born August 8, 1981,[1] 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.[2][3][4] 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."[2][5] 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.[6]

In the early stages of her career, Good worked as an extra on television shows such as Doogie Howser, M.D. and Amen.[6] When she was 13, she was cast in her first film, the 1995 hit Friday.[2] She first gained critical recognition for her performance as the troubled teen Cisely Batiste in Kasi Lemmons' acclaimed 1997 film Eve's Bayou (1997); 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.'"[7] 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.[8]

Career as an adult[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.[8] From 1999 to 2003, 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.[9] 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 indie noir Brick. She played opposite rapper/actor Bow Wow in Malcolm D. Lee's Roll Bounce. In 2006, Good took on the role of Coco, which she felt was her first true lead actress role, in the urban action-drama Waist Deep.[6] Good also voiced a character for the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours that same year.[10] The following year, Good landed a role in the dance movie Stomp the Yard, starring with Ne-Yo and childhood friend Columbus Short.[2] 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 the sequel to Anchorman. 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.”[11] 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 since a trip shortly before she got married.[12]

Good has also appeared in many music videos, by artists such as 50 Cent, Imajin, Isyss (of which Good's sister La'Myia Good is a member), Lil' Johnny, Memphis Bleek, Tyrese, and Will Smith.[1]

She has started her own production company, Freedom Bridge Entertainment, with Marlon Olivera and fellow actors Tamara Bass and Ty Hodges.[13]

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,[14] was described as "raunchy."[15] It was sometimes compared to the Green Versace dress worn by Jennifer Lopez to the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000.[16] Fashion & Style editors selected Good as "worst dressed" at the ceremony.[17]

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'..."[18][17][19]

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.[18][20]

Personal life[edit]

Good currently lives in Studio City, California.[2][5]

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".[21][22] She explained in an interview that Jesus tops her hero list and the last book she read was the Bible.[23]

Good at age 22 chose to focus on her career rather than dating, as she explained in a 2004 interview.[8] 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.[24] They have stated that they remained chaste prior to their marriage.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995FridayKid #2
1995Make a Wish, MollyJenny
1997Eve's BayouCisely Batiste
1999Secret Life of Girls, TheThe Secret Life of GirlsKay
20003 StrikesBuela Douglas
2001House Party 4: Down to the Last MinuteTinaVideo
2003Biker BoyzTina
2003Deliver Us from EvaJacqui Dandridge
2003Ride or DieFake VenusVideo
2004D.E.B.S.Max Brewer
2004You Got ServedBeautifull
2004Cookout, TheThe CookoutBrittany
2005BrickKara
2005VenomCece
2005Roll BounceNaomi Phillips
2006Miles from HomeNatasha Freeman
2006Waist DeepCoco
2007Stomp the YardApril Palmer
2008One Missed CallShelley Baum
2008Love Guru, TheThe Love GuruPrudence Roanoke
2008Saw VLuba Gibbs
2009Unborn, TheThe UnbornRomy
201135 and TickingFalinda
2011Jumping the BroomBlythe
2011Video GirlLorie
2012LUVBeverly
2012Dysfunctional FriendsMs. Stevens
2012Think Like a ManMya
2012Defeat the LabelShort film
2012Obama Effect, TheThe Obama EffectTamika Jones
2012Dick LittleMegan
2013Don JonHollywood Actress #2
2013Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesLinda Jackson
2014Think Like a Man TooMya
2014Doctor Me

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991Gabriel's FireYoung GirlEpisode: "Birds Gotta Fly"
1994On Our OwnTrayceeEpisode: "Swiss Family Jerricos"
1996ABC Afterschool SpecialJanieEpisode: "Me and My Hormones"
1997Just One of the GirlsStarkeeshaTV film
1997Pacific BlueShalona JamesEpisode: "Blood for Blood"
1997Touched by an AngelNikkiEpisode: "The Pact"
1997Gregory Hines Show, TheThe Gregory Hines ShowPauleyEpisode: "Three's Not Company"
1997Parent 'Hood, TheThe Parent 'HoodArianaEpisode: "No Soul on Ice"
1998Parent 'Hood, TheThe Parent 'HoodArianaEpisode: "Flaked Out"
1998–2001Cousin SkeeterNina JonesMain role (52 episodes)
2000MoeshaNicoleEpisode: "He Doth Protest Too Much"
2000Steve Harvey Show, TheThe Steve Harvey ShowAliciaEpisode: "Don't Stand Too Close to Me"
2001Division, TheThe DivisionKara TaylorEpisode: "The Parent Trap"
2001Famous Jett Jackson, TheThe Famous Jett JacksonTara EssexEpisodes: "Awakenings 1 & 2"
2001–2002Raising DadKatieRecurring role (7 episodes)
2002Jersey, TheThe JerseyTamikaEpisode: "The Playbook"
2003My Wife and KidsVanessa ScottRecurring role (5 episodes)
2005Kevin HillMelanie WestRecurring role (4 episodes)
2006Scarface: The World Is YoursFemme Fatale (voice)Video game
2007HouseAmyEpisode: "Words and Deeds"
2007All of UsKatieEpisodes: "Sins of the Father", "She Blinded Me with Science"
2009Cold CaseBeatrice Sloan (1970)Episode: "Soul"
2011Game, TheThe GameParker KeithEpisodes: "It Was All Good Just a Week Ago", "Never Surrender"
2012CalifornicationKaliRecurring role (7 episodes)
2012Harry's LawCeciliaEpisode: "And the Band Played On"
2013DeceptionJoanna LocastoMain role (11 episodes)
2014Law & Order: Special Victims UnitPaula BryantEpisode: "Spousal Privilege"

Award nominations[edit]

Good's award nominations
YearAwardResultCategoryFilm
1998NAACP Image AwardsNominatedOutstanding Youth Actor/ActressEve's Bayou
2008Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureStomp the Yard
1998YoungStar AwardsNominatedBest Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama FilmEve's Bayou
2005Black Movie AwardsNominatedOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleD.E.B.S.
2006Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleWaist Deep
2006Teen Choice AwardsNominatedChoice Breakout (Female)Waist Deep
2007Choice Movie Actress: DramaStomp the Yard
2006Black Reel AwardsNominatedBest EnsembleRoll Bounce (Shared with cast)
2007MTV Movie AwardsNominatedBest KissStomp the Yard (Shared with Columbus Short)
2012Teen Choice AwardsNominatedChoice Movie Actress RomanceThink Like a Man

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Meagan Good Biography (1981–)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved March 28, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "DallasBlack.com: Interview: Meagan Good". DallasBlack.com. Retrieved March 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ Megan Good is an actress. Google books. 
  4. ^ "Good & plenty: young starlets are infamous for hookup highjinks, temper tantrums and lapses from sobriety. Meagan Good, true to her name, does none of the above. She is, however, having a scream onscreen. With two hot horror flicks in the can, the actress and producer bleeds, leads and proves she's way more than just sweet slasher fodder". Free library. October 1, 2008. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Kam Williams (January 20, 2009). "Meagan Good: The Unborn Interview". KamWilliams.com. Retrieved June 30, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c "Meagan Good Interview – Interview – Stumped?". Stumped? Magazine. Retrieved March 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Meagan Good Talks Being A Sex Symbol, Racism In Hollywood And Playing Aaliyah". Vibe. May 25, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c Baker, Lynn (January 29, 2004). "Jennifer Freeman and Meagan Good: Sister, Sister". TeenHollywood.com. 
  9. ^ "The Other Darrin – Television Tropes & Idioms". TVTropes.org. Retrieved March 11, 2009. 
  10. ^ "GameShark > PC > News > The Girls of Scarface". GameShark.com. Retrieved March 11, 2009. 
  11. ^ Hunte, Justin (January 30, 2013). "Meagan Good Discusses "Deception," Compares Aaliyah To Princess Diana". HipHop DX. 
  12. ^ "Think Like a Man Too's Meagan Good reveals details on filming in Las Vegas.". vegasplayermagazine.com. March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Meagan Good Rolling Out Magazine Photos". MWZA.com. Retrieved March 11, 2009. 
  14. ^ Wilson, Julee (2013-07-02). "Meagan Good Cleavage-Baring, Low-Cut Gown Stuns At The 2013 BET Awards (PHOTOS)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  15. ^ Levy, Rachel (2013-07-01). "Taking the plunge! Deception star Meagan Good goes braless in extremely low-cut gown as she attends the BET Awards". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  16. ^ a b Amethyst Tate (2013-07-01). "Megan Good Dress: Actress Pulls A Jennifer Lopez In Plunging Blue Gown At 2013 BET Awards [PHOTO]". International Business Times. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  17. ^ a b Durham, Jessica (2013-07-01). "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. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  18. ^ a b Thomasos, Christine (2013-07-02). "Meagan Good Responds to Critics of Revealing BET Awards Dress". The Christian Post. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  19. ^ Braxton, Greg (2013-07-01). "Meagan Good presents BET gospel award in a dress cut to her navel". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  20. ^ "Meagan Good Responds To Christian Backlash To Revealing BET Awards Dress". News One. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  21. ^ Dowdell, Niki (May 2005). "Meagan Good: Grounded, Funny and Straight Up Cool". Sister 2 Sister. p. 19. 
  22. ^ Neumer, Chris. "Meagan Good Interview". Stumped? Magazine. 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. 
  23. ^ Interview: Meagan Good. DallasBlack.com (2012-02-07). Retrieved on 2012-07-03.
  24. ^ Herndon, Jessica (2012-06-17). "Meagan Good Weds In Malibu". People. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 

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