By Janice Malone
Meagan Good stars in NBC’s midseason drama “Deception” as Joanna Padget Locasto, a San-Francisco narcotics detective with childhood ties to a notoriously secretive and powerful New York family, the Bowers. Television critics and fans alike are already singing the praises of the show, which appears to be on the way to becoming yet another hit for NBC. Meagan couldn’t be happier. “Every episode of Deception gets juicer and juicier,” says Megan during a recent interview last week. “Each time I read a new script I just get so excited. I’m having so much fun on this show. I encourage viewers to please continue watching. I can’t give too many details, but I promise they will not be disappointed as each week passes,” says Megan.
Ms. Good has become one of Hollywood’s most sought after young actresses, recently completing a season-long stint on Showtime’s acclaimed series, “Californication,” and a role in “Think Like a Man,” the feature film based on the best-selling book by Steve Harvey, co-starring Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy, Gabrielle Union and Chris Brown. Good starred on the big screen in 2011 with Angela Bassett and Paula Patton in “Jumping the Broom.”
She has also starred in multiple genres of films, ranging from horror with “The Unborn” with Odette Annable and Gary Oldman to comedy with “The Love Guru,” co-starring Mike Myers, Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake. Good rose to fame with Screen Gem’s box-office hit “Stomp the Yard,” but was initially recognized for her acclaimed performance opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the eerie family drama “Eve’s Bayou,” for which she received an NAACP Image Award and a Hollywood Reporter Award nomination.
Born in Panorama City, Calif., Good began starring in commercials at age 4, and to date has completed over 60 national television commercials. She made her primetime television debut on the Friday night WB show “Raising Dad.” Good’s first major television role was as a series regular on the TV hit “Cousin Skeeter.” She also guest starred on various shows, including “Moesha,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “The Division,” “The Parent ‘Hood,” “My Wife & Kids” and “All of Us,” to name a few.
With Megan’s hot new role on Deception and Kerry Washington’s lead starring role on ABC’s hit drama series SCANDAL, created by mega-producer Shonda Rhimes, also an African-American, it seems that Hollywood is beginning to show more diversity both in front of the camera and behind it. Ms. Good offers her spin on it. “I really believe the time has come and it’s really a blessing. It’s all about hanging in there, along with having a good attitude and perceptions. If you do so, along with trusting in God, I think your time will eventually come.”
It seems that Meagan’s professional life and personal life are both in full bloom. Last October she married the very handsome Devon Franklin, VP of Production at Columbia/Sony Pictures, who’s also a Seventh-Day Adventist minister. The newlyweds are gracing the cover of the February 2013 edition of Ebony Magazine’s 10 Hottest Black Couples issue. Devon revealed to the media that he was celibate for 10 years before he exchanged vows with his beautiful new wife. As everyone knows Hollywood has a reputation of sometimes not exactly being the most moral and ethical industry to work in. So how has a young, gorgeous and talented actress managed to maintain her Christian values among the so-called “hungry wolves” of show business? Meagan says, “Being a Christian and working in Hollywood is not hard for me because I love what I do as an actress but I don’t love it more than I love God, therefore it’s easy for me to make certain decisions. I don’t think there’s any opportunity in my career that’s worth disappointing God. I think ultimately, God knows the timing that’s right for everything in our lives. Ten years ago, if I had some of the accomplishments that I now have, I may have destroyed them.”
In addition to acting in front of the camera, Meagan also produces her own independent films; “Miles from Home,” an independent feature that Good executive produced and starred in opposite actor/director Ty Hodges, was received well on the independent film circuit. It premiered at the Pan-African Film & Arts Festival, the Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival where it swept all the awards—Best Feature, Best Actor & Actress (Meagan Good) and Best Director. She most recently produced and starred in “Video Girl,” the “Gia”-esque film that depicts the sordid and misunderstood life of a music video superstar.
As her list of entertainment accolades continue to steadily grow each year, Meagan says she and her husband may work on a project together in the future but are not sure when and what it will be. But she offers this piece of valuable advice for aspiring actors: “I would first encourage them to pray and be patient. Don’t jump on the bus, so to speak, and be willing to do anything just because you want it (success) to happen right now…I don’t have anything against reality TV shows, if they’re done in a way that’s positive. But shows that are putting down a person, blasting their business out there, just aren’t cool to me. If you do reality TV, chances are you will not have a real acting career. You might get some things here and there or some special small parts. But it’s hard to be taken seriously as an actor when you come from that world of reality TV.”
Catch Megan Good and the rest of the cast on DECEPTION airs Monday nights (9 -10pm Central) on NBC.