For Black actors in Hollywood, having a Tyler Perry film on the resume is a must. Kodjoe joined the Madea family in 2006 as Frankie Henderson, the too-good-to-be-true bus driver who wins Vanessa's (Lisa Arrindell Anderson) heart. While making the film, Kodjoe expanded his own family when he and wife Nicole Ari Parker welcomed their first child, daughter Sophie. Son Nicolas was born eighteen months later. That year, the Kodjoe's moved from LA to Atlanta, "a great place for a young family," Boris said.