Patton made a favorable impression on me with a small part in Hitch alongside Will Smith. She was the "It Girl" at the bar and even though her lines were limited she had an amazing presence. After that I had to find out who she was because I knew some casting director was thinking the same thing I was: potential. Shortly after that she was cast as the lead in Idlewild, a musical set in the South opposite Andre Benjamin of Outkast and "Hey Ya!" fame. But what really put her on the Hollywood radar was her performance as Claire Kuchever in the sci-fi thriller Deju Vu where she shared the screen with Denzel Washington. It wasn't a major box-office hit but anything with Denzel is going to get peoples' attention. I've watched the movie about five times when I rented it because the premise was so cool.
In a brief period of time Patton has become one of my favorite actresses and it would be a dream come true if I got to work with her on a project or even better yet have her star in one of my films. When I saw Patton on the cover of Essence's March issue I had to buy it because A.) I couldn't help but be happy for her success and B.) I collect magazines. Hopefully in a few years time Patton's resume will be full of critically acclaimed roles and plenty of magazine cover shoots.
Lastly, check out Patton and her R&B singer husband Robin Thicke in his music video "Lost Without You". Don't they look cute together?
[Hat tip to Urban Hoopla for the photo]