Character: Natalie Hawkins
Thanks to roles in a number of prominent films, Regina King’s distinguished talents have not gone unnoticed by Hollywood. The skilled actress wrapped the fifth and final season of TNT drama “Southland” earlier this year, in which she starred as “Detective Lydia Adams” in the show from Emmy® Award winners John Wells, Ann Biderman and Chris Chulack. King has also been seen in a recurring role on CBS’s hit show “The Big Bang Theory.” She also made her feature film directorial debut with the teleplay adaptation of the best-selling book, “Let the Church Say Amen,” slated for a 2014 release on BET.
Additionally, King has starred as the female lead opposite Forest Whitaker in the comedy, “Our Family Wedding.” She also starred in the Lifetime Original Movie, “Living Proof,” executive-produced by Renée Zellweger and starring opposite Harry Connick, Jr. King’s list of impressive credits also include the comedy “Year of the Dog,” opposite Molly Shannon; “This Christmas,” opposite Mekhi Phifer and Loretta Devine; “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous,” opposite Sandra Bullock; and voiced “Kreela” in the animated film, “Ant Bully.” Prior to that, she appeared in the Oscar® nominated film “Ray,” opposite Jamie Foxx. In the film, King portrays “Margie Hendricks,” Charles’ outrageous mistress. Her other notable film credits include “Cinderella Story,” opposite Hilary Duff; “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde,” opposite Reese Witherspoon and “Daddy Day Care,” opposite Eddie Murphy.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, King made her television debut on the hit sitcom “227.” After five seasons, she made the leap to the silver screen with a role in John Singleton’s powerful directorial debut, “Boys N the Hood.” King would soon collaborate with Singleton again in “Poetic Justice” and “Higher Learning.” She bounces effortlessly from dramatic material to comedic performances, such as in the hit film “Friday” with Ice Cube and “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” opposite Martin Lawrence. King’s career turning point, however, came in 1997 with the memorable role as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s wife “Marci” in the blockbuster film “Jerry Maguire.” It was that movie that led to starring roles in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” with Angela Bassett, the hit action thriller “Enemy of the State,” opposite Will Smith, the family adventure “Mighty Joe Young” with Charlize Theron and the comedy “Down to Earth,” opposite Chris Rock.
King also found her way back to the small screen in 2000 with a role in HBO’s acclaimed telefilm “If These Walls Could Talk 2” and in the 2002 NBC comedy, “Leap of Faith” and additionally for her voice-work on the animated series, “The Boondocks.”
King currently resides in Los Angeles with her son.