Meagan Good

Meagan Good



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. In 2013, she began starring in the lead role of the NBC drama series Deception.

Early life and career

Good was born in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Tyra Doyle, worked as Good's manager into her teens, and her father, Leon Good, is a 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 black, 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.[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, the 1995 hit Friday.[2] Good first began to gain recognition for her performance as troubled teen Cisely Batiste in Kasi Lemmons' critically acclaimed 1997 film Eve's Bayou, which earned Good two award nominations, including her first NAACP Image Award nomination.

Career as an adult

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 unknown 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. 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 also starred in 2009's The Unborn with Gary Oldman and Odette Yustman. Good's most recent role was in 2012's Think Like a Man, a movie based on Steve Harvey's 2009 book Act like a Lady, Think like a Man.

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, and Will Smith.[1]

Good has stated in numerous interviews that she would like to portray the late R&B 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 was not raised in the church, Good considers herself to be a Christian and a very spiritual person, and has stated in numerous interviews that she will not do roles that she feels might "disappoint God".[9][10] She explained in an interview that Jesus tops her hero list and the last book she read was the Bible.[11]

In early April 2012, Good became engaged to boyfriend DeVon Franklin, an executive for Columbia Pictures and a Seventh-day Adventist preacher. The two began dating in 2011 and were married on June 16, 2012, in Malibu, California.[12]


Good's film appearances and roles
1991 Gabriel's Fire Young Girl Episode: "Birds Gotta Fly"
1994 On Our Own Traycee Episode: "Swiss Family Jerricos"
1995 Friday Kid #2
1995 Make a Wish, Molly Jenny
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Janie Episode: "Me and My Hormones"
1997 Just One of the Girls Starkeesha TV series
1997 Pacific Blue Shalona James Episode: "Blood for Blood"
1997 Eve's Bayou Cisely Batiste
1997 Touched by an Angel Nikki Episode: "The Pact"
1997 The Gregory Hines Show Pauley Episode: "Three's Not Company"
1997 The Parent 'Hood Ariana Episode: "No Soul on Ice"
1998 The Parent 'Hood Ariana Episode: "Flaked Out"
1998–2001 Cousin Skeeter Nina 52 episodes
1999 The Secret Life of Girls Kay
2000 Moesha Nicole Episode: "He Doth Protest Too Much"
2000 3 Strikes Buela Douglas
2000 The Steve Harvey Show Alicia Episode: "Don't Stand Too Close to Me"
2000 House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute Tina Film
2001 The Division Kara Taylor Episode: "The Parent Trap"
2001 The Famous Jett Jackson Tara Essex Episode: "Awakenings Part 1"
Episode: "Awakenings Part 2"
2001–2002 Raising Dad Katie 7 episodes
2002 The Jersey Tamika Episode: "The Playbook"
2003 Biker Boyz Tina
2003 Deliver Us from Eva Jacqui Dandridge
2003 My Wife and Kids Vanessa Scott 5 episodes
2003 Ride or Die Fake Venus Video
2004 D.E.B.S. Max
2004 You Got Served Beautifull
2004 The Cookout Brittany
2005 Brick Kara
2005 Kevin Hill Melanie West 4 episodes
2005 Venom Cece
2005 Roll Bounce Naomi Phillips
2006 Miles from Home Natasha Freeman
2006 Waist Deep Coco
2007 Stomp the Yard April
2007 House Amy Episode: "Words and Deeds"
2007 All of Us Katie Episode: "Sins of the Father"
Episode: "She Blinded Me with Science"
2008 One Missed Call Shelley Baum
2008 The Love Guru Prudence Roanoke
2008 Saw V Luba
2009 The Unborn Romy
2009 Cold Case Beatrice Sloan Episode: "Soul"
2010 Good Hair Herself
2011 The Game Parker
2011 35 and Ticking Falinda
2011 Jumping the Broom Blythe
2011 Video Girl Laurie Walker
2011 Dysfunctional Friends Ms. Stevens Post-production
2012 Think Like a Man[13] Mya
2012 The Baytown Disco Belle
2012 Californication Kali
2013 Deception Joanna Locasto TV Series- Series Regular

Award nominations

Good's award nominations
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)
2012 Teen Choice Awards Nominated Choice Movie Actress Romance Think Like a Man
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