Paula Patton was born to be in the spotlight.

Having grown up across the street from 20th Century Fox Studios, she developed an interest in acting at a young age. While attending the Hamilton Magnet Arts High School she participated in the school’s theater program, and would eventually go on to graduate from the University of Southern California’s Film School, according to IMDb.

In 2005, Patton made her film debut with a role in Hitch, alongside Will Smith and Eva Mendes, but got her first real break one year later thanks to a starring role in Déjà Vu, opposite Denzel Washington. Since then, this Hollywood beauty has gone on to appear in a number of blockbusters, including Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and television shows.

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