Meagan Good

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Meagan Good
Meagan Good 2012.jpg
Good in Hollywood, California, August 14, 2012
Born Meagan Monique Good
(1981-08-08) August 8, 1981 (age 33)
Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, film producer
Years active 1991–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 alongside Will Ferrell.

Early life

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.234 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."25 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, Good 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

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'..."181719

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.1820

Personal life

Good currently lives in Studio City, California.25

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".2122 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

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Friday Kid #2
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 Biker Boyz Tina
2003 Deliver Us from Eva Jacqui Dandridge
2003 Ride or Die Fake Venus Video
2004 D.E.B.S. Max Brewer
2004 You Got Served Beautiful
2004 Cookout, TheThe Cookout Brittany
2005 Brick Kara
2005 Venom Cece
2005 Roll Bounce Naomi Phillips
2006 Miles from Home Natasha Freeman
2006 Waist Deep Coco
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
2012 LUV Beverly
2012 Dysfunctional Friends Ms. Stevens
2012 Think Like a Man Mya
2012 Defeat the Label Short film
2012 Obama Effect, TheThe Obama Effect Tamika Jones
2012 Dick Little Megan
2013 Don Jon Hollywood Actress #2
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Linda Jackson
2014 Think Like a Man Too Mya
2014 Doctor Me

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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"
1998-2001 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)

Award nominations

Good's award nominations
Year Award Result Category Film
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

See also

References

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  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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