Tom Cruise’s New Leading Lady Shines At Mi4 Premiere

On the red carpet of the Mission Impossible 4, one woman stood out more than any other – lead actress Paula Patton.  If we were Katie Holmes, there may well be a touch of the green eyed monster as having Paula work with your husband and then dress up every night to promote the film would knock the confidence of even the strongest woman.  At the premiere she shunned the traditional maxi dress option to show off her legs in a short sequin party dress. However, it works for her – when your figure is this lovely it’d be a crime to hide it!

Very was lucky enough to attend the premiere at the fabulous BFI Imax cinema in London and made the most of the opportunity to exclusively ask Paula a few questions to find out who she was and where she came from. In the film she works closely with Tom as she plays one of the members of his spy team. But how tight is she with the actor in real life?

“ I am in awe of Tom,”  Paula exclusively revealed to us. “What impressed me the most was he does his own stunts. This is one of the most famous movie stars of all time, who was literally hanging off the edge of the 134th floor of the Burj Khalifa. It’s been a joy to be part of the movie with him and I hope we will always be part of each other’s lives.”

But Paula hasn’t come entirely from nowhere. Her family home when she was a child was opposite the 20th Century Fox studios, which sparked her keenness to act. She married the R&B singer Robin Thicke and then her first major movie role was in the Oscar nominated film Precious where she played Precious’ teacher. She was so into the role she spent 3 weeks with a teacher in New York to see what they do. So did she follow a spy for her part in Mi4? She confessed: “I wish!” Shame, although maybe it was for the best that Paula kept a low profile as her beauty would cause her to get noticed and spies are meant to blend in. There’s no way you can blend into a crowd in a white embellished dress, which is partly why it was perfect for the premiere. The Love Label batwing dress from Very is similarly stunning.

If you like beads and sequins then another take on Paula’s premiere outfit is the South backless beaded vintage dress at Very. It’s not as figure-hugging but the backless detail is perfect for getting attention

Another highlight of the film was Tom Cruise telling us he was in talks to make Top Gun 2. That means more Maverick and more retro 80s fashion. Do it soon Tom, please! x

26th December 2011
Written by Zoe Griffin