There’s something about Meagan Good.
By Stephanie Frederic
Sentinel Entertainment Editor
The sexy nearly 27-year old actress exudes what every Hollywood producer and filmmaker wants in a leading lady – the ability to make men AND women take a second look. Depending on whom you ask, it seems the glance from both sexes tends to be long and lingering. Men want to get with her, women want to look like her.
Good laughs at the idea, but knows she’s been tagged as a homegrown Hollywood bombshell and often thought of as a sex symbol.
Fact is – she’s so much more.
“As a woman, I feel sexy and I feel beautiful, but with me, I think it’s more of a state of mind and how you feel about yourself,” she says. “To be honest, I’m a real cornball, I’m really, really corny and silly so I don’t see myself that way at all.”
But Romany Malco, the co-star in her new movie, “Love Guru,” makes it plain why Good seems to attract so much attention. “The girl has got it going on. She’s smart, gorgeous, talented and cool,” he said.
In most of her recent films, (“Stomp the Yard,” “Biker Boyz,” and “Waist Deep”) Good plays the love interest.
In “Love Guru,” she’s the fed up wife of the “Tiger Woods of Hockey” Maple Leaf’s star player Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco) who suddenly starts dating her husband’s chief rival, L.A. Kings legendary goalie, Jacques “Le Coq” Grande – played by Justin Timberlake. His name, “Le Coq” Grande serves as plenty of reason for Roanoke to be concerned that he’s lost his wife forever.
When news of the hot relationship hits all the celebrity rags, Roanoke loses his ability to play the game he loves and the team’s General Manager (Jessica Alba) hires Love Guru (Mike Myers) to get her star player scoring again – at home and more importantly to her – on the ice.
Starring in a comedy – especially a Mike Myers over-the-top film – is a new thing for Meagan Good. She admits she was a little uncomfortable at first because comedy has always been a challenge. “I’m the one person in the room that no one laughs at my jokes,” says Good. “So, I was nervous about being in a comedy and a little scared… but Mike Myers is an absolute sweetheart. He was very helpful and we ended up having a lot of fun on the set.”
Fun as in when Myers and squad convinced Good to don a teeny, weenie bikini in a pool scene in “Love Guru.” “It’s hot. She looked great, didn’t she, “ says Malco. “Brothas are gonna love that.”
“It’s nothing,” as Good attempts to downplay the scene that will have websites, water cooler conversations and Blackberries buzzing all next week. To her male fans, the “head-to-toe” swimsuit shot will probably be the answer to a prayer.
At this point in her career, it’s hard to believe Good already has almost 20 years in the business and 26 films under her belt.
Born in Panorama City, but raised in Santa Clarita, Meagan Monique Good grew up in a home where her old sister was a singer signed to Arista Records and her father was an L.A.P.D. officer.
She started working in Hollywood when she was only 4-year old appearing in many national commercials. By age 10, she had landed roles on TV in Nickelodeon’s “Cousin Skeeter,” “Gabriel’s Fire” and bit roles on “Moesha,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” and “Touched by An Angel.”
She was a natural and casting directors to the day – love her.
Her breakout role came in 1997 when she was cast in the film, “Eve’s Bayou” with Samuel L. Jackson. In the years that followed, Good would appear in more movies (“Roll Bounce,” girl power film “D.E.B.S,” “The Cookout,” “Brick,” and “Deliver Us From Eva,” TV shows, and hit music videos with Will Smith and 50 Cent.
Through it all, Good says she’s loves her craft. “Whether I’m screaming, crying or laughing, I enjoy it all.”
Next up, lots of screaming as Good joins the cast of the highly successful horror franchise, “SAW V.”
As one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood, it’s clear she’s hit her stride.
In short – It’s all-good.