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.''
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.''
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.''