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Paula Patton Speaks

"Jumping the Broom" star on her start in "Precious" and meeting the in-laws

The Jumping the Broom star speaks!

YOU KNOW HER...

As the sensitive teacher Ms. Rain from Precious. ''Precious definitely opened doors for me,'' says Patton, 35. ''But after that, I really wanted to do comedy.''

MEETING THE IN-LAWS

The L.A. native started dating her husband, musician Robin Thicke (son of actor Alan Thicke), when she was 15. ''I remember being shocked at the wealth: 'You live here?' It was a new world for me.''

LIGHTENING UP

Patton shot Broom just three months after giving birth to her son, Julian. ''When I read in the script that I had to be in a bra and panty, I got serious,'' she says. ''I worked hard — and I was hungry.''

NEXT

She plays the female lead (said to be a fellow agent alongside Tom Cruise) in December's Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. ''She is a fierce, badass chick. I was bruised up. I'm lucky I didn't get hurt.''

Originally posted May 23, 2011 Published in issue #1154 May 13, 2011 Order article reprints
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