Patton was born December 5, 1975 enrolled at UC Berkeley, though she transferred to USC Film School after her first year, and where she graduated magna cum laude. Shortly after completing her studies, she won a 3-month assignment making documentaries for PBS. Later she worked with the Discovery Channel as producer for the show Medical Diaries.
Patton's first acting role was alongside Will Smith
and Eva Mendes in 2005's Hitch. She followed that with a small part in the drama London (2005 film), and appeared alongside OutKast members Andre Benjamin and Big Boi in Idlewild.
Patton was also the leading lady in the 2006 film Déjà Vu,
a thriller starring Denzel Washington and Val Kilmer, and played television reporter Kate Madison in 2008's Swing Vote. She currently appears in the film Mirrors,
alongside Kiefer Sutherland and in This Wednesday in 2008.
In 2003, Patton posed nude for the album art of her husband Robin Thicke's album entitled A Beautiful World.
Patton also appeared in her husband's music video, Lost Without U.
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Patton plays the teacher of the main character in Push (film based on the novel by Sapphire)
Patton is married to singer Robin Thicke. On June 11, 2005, the two wed in Santa Barbara, California.
They had originally met at a teen club in Los Angeles and dated during high school.