Paula is a mix of African-American and German heritage. She graduated from Hamilton High School and then went to UC Berkeley before transferring to the USC Film School and graduated magna cum laude.
Upon graduating, Paula Patton made documentaries for PBS and later worked for the Discovery Health Channel. She told blackfilm.com, I didnt have that passion youre supposed to haveto be a filmmaker, to make a film on weekends. Something was missing. I was trying to write at my desk and thought, Im lying to myself. Somethings not right. I asked myself what did I love to do since I was a little girl? and I loved to act, so I started taking lessons and classes and luck brought me here.
Her first role was in 2005s Hitch. Other roles followed, including parts in London, Dj