Tamala Jones is a television and film actor whose tremendous talent, comedic timing, and commitment to her craft have resulted in memorable roles, iconic catchphrases, and an enduring celebrated career.
After making her feature film debut in “How to Make an American Quilt,” Jones racked up television roles in “The Wayans Bros.,” “The Parent ‘Hood,” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” She also landed a recurring role on medical juggernaut “ER,” a performance that allowed Jones to show a more serious side and led to her being cast as a series regular on the ABC drama “Dangerous Minds.”
It is Jones’ work in beloved feature films like “The Wood,” “The Brothers,” “Next Friday,” “Booty Call,” “Two Can Play That Game,” “Blue Streak,” “Can’t Hardly Wait, “Daddy Day Camp,” “Head of State,” and “What Men Want” playing everything from Martin Lawrence’s love interest to Ice Cube’s nemesis that earned her a spot as one of the early aughts most in-demand actresses.
On television Jones has amassed impressive credits in a range of roles that showcase her winning combination of irreverent moxie and surprising sweetness. The late ‘90s/early ‘00s featured her in starring roles in “The Tracy Morgan Show” and “For Your Love,” which made her a household name. Series like the long-running ABC hit drama “Castle,” recent procedurals “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “The Rookie,” along with series; “Rebel,” “L.A.’s Finest,” and “SEAL Team” have cemented Jones as one of the hardest working women in Hollywood.
Expanding her focus behind the camera to producing, Jones co-produced the independent movie “Nora’s Hair Salon” and syndicated radio host Russ Parr’s directorial debut “35 and Ticking” opposite Kevin Hart and Nicole Ari Parker. In 2014, she and “Castle” co-star Jon Huertas teamed up to create a provocative short film “The Box,” about a couple who find love in a desperate situation in the antebellum south.
Next up, Jones is starring opposite Hilary Swank and Alan Ritchson in Lionsgate’s incredible true story “Ordinary Angels.”