Davina Hamilton, Voice Reporter
PAULA PATTON has spoken out about the lack of black actresses starring in romantic comedies.
Heading an impressive line-up of black American talent in the upcoming film Baggage Claim, the 37-year-old, famed for her roles in Déjà Vu and Precious, will be playing the role of a flight attendant who embarks on a 30-day, 30,000-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.
Baggage Claim stars celebrated talents Taye Diggs, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Luke, Tia Mowry-Hardict, and Jill Scott.
Baggage Claim began playing in cinemas yesterday.