The temperature went wayyyyyyyyy up the very moment Paula Patton entered a ball room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. She is inarguably the most energetic actress on the planet and gives new meaning to the term "just happy to be here."
I sat down with Paula on Wednesday to discuss her new role as a TV reporter in "Swing Vote." This flick about a presidential election that comes down to one vote, stars Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Kelsey Grammer, George Lopez and the newest cool young pre-teen thing, Madeline Carroll.
Patton, a.k.a. Mrs. Robin Thicke, said she had a blast playing an ambitious broadcast journalist who is dying to get out of Texaco, N.M. and into the big time. To learn the ropes Patton shadowed a local reporter in Albuquerque, where part of the film was shot.
"We went out into the field and I saw how stories are done," Patton said. "She was really helpful."
In the film, Patton's character gets a bit too ambitious when she sets up an undercover camera in her home to try and get some juicy bits for a story she feels will take her to the next level. Now that she's one-half of a showbiz marriage, Patton realizes that she is fair game for reporters who might employ similar tactics.
"Not that I know of about the hidden camera but I've got to tell you that I am absolutely paranoid," she said. "I always think that someone is watching me but perhaps that's my vanity--being an actor. Maybe I always want somebody watching me!"
And people are. There's been a lot of buzz circulating about Patton since she starred opposite Denzel Washington in "Deja Vu."
Keep watching Patton. I think she has what it takes. How about you?
"Swing Vote" opens Aug. 1.