'It’s rare for a black woman to star in a rom-com'
Paula Patton says she was thrilled to land the leading role in the new film, Baggage Claim
LEADING LADY: Paula Patton
Heading an impressive line-up of black American talents in the upcoming film Baggage Claim, the 37-year-old, famed for her roles in Déjà Vu and Precious, the actress’s latest role sees her playing a flight attendant who embarks on a 30-day, 30-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé.
Excited about her latest role, Patton, who is married to soul singer Robin Thicke, said: “I read the screenplay when I was making a film called Just Wright with Queen Latifah. I read it out loud with my husband and my best friend and we laughed out loud.
“It’s a rare thing for a black woman to be the lead in a romantic comedy, which is something I always wanted to do. I love romantic comedies. They just feel good.”
Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Patton’s character Montana seeks to find a partner in time for her sister’s wedding.
Featuring an impressive line-up of black US stars, Baggage Claim stars celebrated talents Taye Diggs, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Luke, Tia Mowry-Hardict and Jill Scott.
Baggage Claim is in cinemas from October 11