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Meagan Monique Good (born August 8, 1981)[1] is an American film and television actress, and occasional film producer. Beginning her career at the age of four, Good has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, feature films, and music videos.


Life and career

Good was born in Panorama City, California, the daughter of Tyra Doyle (who worked as Good's manager into her teens), and Leon Good, an LAPD police officer.[2] According to Good, her maternal grandmother is "Jewish and African, so I guess that would be considered Creole. My mother’s father was Cherokee and something else. My dad’s mother’s Puerto Rican and African American, and his father was from Barbados."[2][3] Good was raised in Canyon Country (now known as Santa Clarita), California with her three siblings. She began her acting career around the age of four or five.[4] In the early stages of her career, Good started out doing work as an extra on television shows such as Doogie Howser, M.D. and Amen.[4] When she was thirteen, Good was cast in her first film in the 1995 hit Friday.[2] Good first began to gain recognition for her performance as troubled teen Cisely Baptiste in Kasi Lemmons' critically-acclaimed 1997 film Eve's Bayou, which earned Good two award nominations, including her first NAACP Image Award nomination.

After taking on small film and television roles for the next few years. Good would begin to transition into more mature roles in the early 2000s. From 1999 to 2003, 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. 2003 proved to be a major year for Good, as 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. Good 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 undisclosed reasons.[5] In 2004 Good starred alongside Jordana Brewster, Sara Foster, and Jill Ritchie in the action film D.E.B.S., and for her performance received a Best Actress nomination at the 2005 Black Movie Awards.[citation needed] 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 indie noir Brick. She then played opposite rapper/actor Bow Wow in Malcolm D. Lee's Roll Bounce. In 2006, Good took on the role of Coco, which she felt was her first true leading lady role, in the urban action-drama Waist Deep.[4] Good also voiced a character for the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours that same year.[6] The following year, Good landed a role in the dance movie Stomp the Yard, starring alongside Ne-Yo and childhood friend Columbus Short.[2] In 2008, Good appeared in the horror film One Missed Call and the Mike Myers comedy The Love Guru, and in the latter half of the year could be seen in Saw V. Good's most recent role was in 2009's The Unborn with Gary Oldman and Odette Yustman.

Good has also made appearances in many music videos, by artists such as 50 Cent, Imajin, Isyss (of which Good's sister La'Myia Good is a member), Lil' Johnny, Memphis Bleek, Tyrese Gibson, and Will Smith.[1]

Good has stated in numerous interviews that she would like to portray the late singer Aaliyah in a biographical film.[4][7]

She has also started her own production company, Freedom Bridge Entertainment, with Marlon Olivera, and fellow actors Tamara Bass and Ty Hodges.[8]

Personal life

Good currently lives in Studio City, California.[2][3] Although she wasn't raised in the church, Good considers herself to be a very spiritual person, and has stated in numerous interviews that she will not do roles that she feels might "disappoint God." [9]

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Friday Kid #2
Make a Wish, Molly Jenny Credited as Megan Good
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 Direct-to-video release
2003 Biker Boyz Tina
Deliver Us from Eva Jacqui Dandrige
Ride or Die Fake Venus Alternative title: Hustle and Heat
2004 D.E.B.S. Max Brewer
You Got Served Beautifull
The Cookout Brittany
2005 Brick Kara
Venom Cece
Roll Bounce Naomi Phillips
2006 Miles from Home Natasha Freeman Producer
Waist Deep Coco
Hillside Cannibals Linda
2007 Stomp the Yard April
2008 One Missed Call Shelley Baum
The Love Guru Prudence Roanoke
Saw V Luba Gibbs
2009 The Unborn Romy
Good Hair Herself
2010 Video Girl TBA post-production
2011 Jumping the Broom Blythe
Dysfunctional Friends Ms. Stevens
35 and Ticking
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Gabriel's Fire Young Girl 1 episode
1994 On Our Own Traycee 1 episode
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Janie 1 episode
1997 Just One of the Girls Starkeesha Unknown episodes
Pacific Blue Shalona James 1 episode
Touched by an Angel Nikki 1 episode
The Gregory Hines Show Pauley 1 episode
1997–1998 The Parent 'Hood Ariana 2 episodes
1998–2000 Cousin Skeeter Nina Numerous episodes
2000 Moesha Nicole 1 episode
The Steve Harvey Show Alicia 1 episode
2001 The Division Kara Taylor 1 episode
The Famous Jett Jackson Tara Essex 2 episodes
2001–2002 Raising Dad Katie 7 episodes
2002 The Jersey Tamika 1 episode
2003 My Wife and Kids Vanessa 5 episodes
2005 Kevin Hill Melanie West 4 episodes
2007 House Amy 1 episode
All of Us Katy 2 episodes
2011 The Game Parker 2 episodes

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Film
1998 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress Eve's Bayou
2008 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Stomp the Yard
1998 YoungStar Awards Nominated Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film Eve's Bayou
2005 Black Movie Awards Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role D.E.B.S.
2006 Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Waist Deep
2006 Teen Choice Awards Nominated Choice Breakout (Female) Waist Deep
2007 Choice Movie Actress: Drama Stomp the Yard
2006 Black Reel Awards Nominated Best Ensemble Roll Bounce (Shared with cast)
2007 MTV Movie Awards Nominated Best Kiss Stomp the Yard (Shared with Columbus Short)

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