Paula Maxine Patton is an American actress. She made her film debut in the 2005 comedy film Hitch, and the following year she appeared in the musical film Idlewild.
Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce , a school teacher, and Charles Patton, a lawyer. Her mother is white and her father is black. She graduated from Hamilton High School, and then started college at UC Berkeley, transferring to USC Film School after her first year. Shortly after completing her studies, she won a threemonth assignment making documentaries for PBS.