Meagan Monique Good (born August 8, 1981) is an American film and television actress and occasional film producer, best known for her roles in various horror films, including Venom, One Missed Call, The Unborn and the Saw franchise.
Meagan Good was born on August 8, 1981 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. Good has said of her ancestry that her maternal grandmother is "Jewish and African. My mother's father was Cherokee and something else. My dad's mother's Puerto Rican and black and his father was from Barbados." 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.
In the early stages of her career, Good worked as an extra on television shows such as Doogie Howser, M.D. and Amen. When she was 13, she was cast in her first film, the 1995 comedy Friday. She first gained critical recognition for her performance as the troubled teen Cisely Batiste in Kasi Lemmons' 1997 film Eve's Bayou. 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'". She was a fan of Justin Timberlake and Usher in her teens. Good did not have any role models until early adulthood, when she began admiring actress Charlize Theron.
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. From 1998 to 2001, 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, 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. 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 neo noir Brick. She played opposite rapper and actor Bow Wow in Malcolm D. Lee's Roll Bounce. In 2006, Good played the role of Coco, which she felt was her first true lead actress role, in the urban action-drama Waist Deep. Good also voiced a character for the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours that same year. The following year, Good landed a role in the dance movie Stomp the Yard, starring with Ne-Yo and childhood friend Columbus Short. In 2008, she appeared in the horror film One Missed Call as the ill-fated college student, Shelley Baum. She also appeared as an angry trophy wife in the Mike Myers comedy The Love Guru and the horror thriller 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 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Good returned to television from January to March 2013, starring in Deception. In 2014, she reprised her role for the sequel of Think Like a Man. 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."
Good has also appeared in many music videos by artists such as 50 Cent, Imajin, Isyss, Lil' Johnny, Memphis Bleek, Tyrese and Will Smith. She has started her own production company, Freedom Bridge Entertainment, with Marlon Olivera and fellow actors Tamara Bass and Ty Hodges.
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. They live together in Los Angeles, California.
|Make a Wish, Molly||Jenny|
|1997||Eve's Bayou||Cisely Batiste|
|1999||The Secret Life of Girls||Kay|
|2000||3 Strikes||Buela Douglas|
|2001||House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute||Tina - Jon Jon's Girlfriend|
|Deliver Us from Eva||Jacqui Dandrige|
|Ride or Die||Fake Venus|
|You Got Served||Beautifull|
|Roll Bounce||Naomi Phillips|
|2006||Miles from Home||Natasha Freeman|
|2007||Stomp the Yard||April|
|2008||One Missed Call||Shelley Baum|
|The Love Guru||Prudence Roanoke|
|Saw V||Luba Gibbs|
|2011||Jumping the Broom||Blythe|
|35 and Ticking||Falinda|
|Dysfunctional Friends||Ms. Stevens|
|Think Like a Man||Mya|
|The Carlton Dance||Meagan|
|The Obama Effect||Tamika Jones|
|2013||Don Jon||Hollywood Actress #2|
|Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Linda Jackson|
|2014||Think Like a Man Too||Mya|
|2015||A Girl Like Grace||Share|
|Charlie, Trevor and a Girl Savannah|
|2017||Love by the 10th Date||Gabrielle Fateful|
|Motivated Seller||Annie Russell|
|A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night||Free|
|1991||Gabriel's Fire||Young Girl|
|1994||On Our Own||Traycee|
|1996||ABC Afterschool Specials||Janie|
|1997-1998||The Parent 'Hood||Ariana|
|1997||Pacific Blue||Shalona James|
|Touched by an Angel||Nikki|
|The Gregory Hines Show||Pauley|
|Just One of the Girls||Starkeesha|
|The Steve Harvey Show||Alicia|
|2001||The Division||Kara Taylor|
|The Famous Jett Jackson||Tara Essex|
|2003||My Wife and Kids||Vanessa Scott|
|2005||Kevin Hill||Melanie West|
|All of Us||Katie|
|2009||Cold Case||Beatrice Sloan '70|
|2011||The Game||Parker Keith|
|2014||The Dead Diaries||Alexis|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Paula Bryant|
|2015||Mr. Robinson||Victoria Wavers|
|Minority Report||Lara Vega|
|2016||Code Black||Grace Adams|
|2006||Scarface: The World Is Yours||Femme Fatale|
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