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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.

She played Luba Gibbs in Saw V.

Early Life

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.

Career

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.

Personal Life

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.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role
1995 Friday Kid #2
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
2003 Biker Boyz Tina
Deliver Us from Eva Jacqui Dandrige
Ride or Die Fake Venus
2004 D.E.B.S. Max
You Got Served Beautifull
The Cookout Brittany
2005 Brick Kara
Venom Cece
Roll Bounce Naomi Phillips
2006 Miles from Home Natasha Freeman
Waist Deep Coco
2007 Stomp the Yard April
2008 One Missed Call Shelley Baum
The Love Guru Prudence Roanoke
Saw V Luba Gibbs
2009 The Unborn Romy
2011 Jumping the Broom Blythe
Video Girl Lorie
35 and Ticking Falinda
2012 LUV Beverly
Dysfunctional Friends Ms. Stevens
Think Like a Man Mya
The Carlton Dance Meagan
The Obama Effect Tamika Jones
Dick Little Megan
2013 Don Jon Hollywood Actress #2
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Linda Jackson
2014 Think Like a Man Too Mya
Babylon Fields
2015 A Girl Like Grace Share
Charlie, Trevor and a Girl Savannah
2016 Deuces Janet Foster
2017 Love by the 10th Date Gabrielle Fateful
Motivated Seller Annie Russell
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night Free

Television

Year Title Role
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
1998-2001 Cousin Skeeter Nina
1998 Nothing Sacred Carissa
2000 Moesha Nicole
The Steve Harvey Show Alicia
2001-2002 Raising Dad Katie
2001 The Division Kara Taylor
The Famous Jett Jackson Tara Essex
2002 The Jersey Tamika
2003 My Wife and Kids Vanessa Scott
2005 Kevin Hill Melanie West
2007 House M.D. Amy
All of Us Katie
2009 Cold Case Beatrice Sloan '70
2011 The Game Parker Keith
2012 Californication Kali
Harry's Law Cecilia
2013 Deception Joanna Locasto
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
2017 White Famous Kali

Video Games

Year Title Role
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Femme Fatale

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