Meagan Good was born in Panorama City, Los Angeles. Her mother was her manager for many years, and her father is a Los Angeles police officer. Meagan Good is a mix of Jewish, African, Cherokee and Puerto Rican ancestry. She has a brother and two sisters and one of her nicknames is “Mz Good.”
Meagan Good describes herself as a small-town girl; “I grew up in canyon country, California before it became Santa Clarita, back when it had tarantulas and scorpions and coyotes. I went on auditions as a hobby” (stumpedmagazine.com). She began acting as a child, beginning with work as an extra on “Doogie Howser, M.D.” Her first film role was in the 1995 film “Friday.” But it was her work on “Eve’s Bayou” that garnered her attention, earning her a NAACP Image Award nomination. She said of making “Eve’s Bayou,” “I was nervous because it was my first leading role as a child. More so than anything I was nervous about having to kiss Samuel L. Jackson, since I was only 14” (dallasblack.com).
Meagan said she escaped some of the pitfalls of child actors because “my mom wasn’t a stage-mom. She isn’t very aggressive, and she never tried to force me to do anything I didn’t want to do. She’s just a very laidback person who was very protective of her kids.”
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Other roles followed, including appearances in “Cousin Skeeter,” “Biker Boyz,” “Deliver Us from Eva,” “You Got Served,” and “The Love Guru,” among other projects. Meagan Good has also appeared in music videos for artists such as 50 Cent, Imagin, Tyrese and Will Smith.
Though she didn’t go to college, she wishes that she had gone, “just for the simple fact that knowing more than one approach makes you more well-rounded.”
Meagan has said of nudity on screen, “If it was the type of project where it was necessary to bring the whole point of the movie across and it was for a greater purpose than me just showing my body, then there’s a possibility I’d do it.”
Meagan Good is married to DeVon Franklin, an executive for Columbia Pictures and a preacher. They live in Studio City, California. She has said Jesus tops her hero list. In an interview with VOH discussing “No Sex Before Marriage,” Meagan said, “One of the things I noticed right off the bat was I had more clarity, more self-worth…it made our whole relationship be about us and getting to know each other.”