Megan Good is one of those women who manages to look downright sexy and downright wholesome all at the same time. That is the key to her appeal for men as well as women. A fan favorite, Good has appeared in some of the most beloved films of recent time. Though she began acting at age 4, Good came to prominence after appearing in the iconic comedy “Friday” at age 13. She then gained even more recognition when she appeared as troubled adolescent Cisely Batiste in the critically acclaimed “Eve’s Bayou.” She went on to appear in “You Got Served,” “Roll Bounce,” “Anchorman 2” and “Think Like a Man.” Good then went on to star in the short-lived series “Deception” at a watershed moment in TV history when women of color were starting to gain more leading roles in TV series.
This fall, Good again stars in a TV series as a detective in “Minority Report.” The show is an adaptation of the blockbuster 2002 Steven Spielberg film of the same name, which itself was adapted from a science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick. In fact, Good had to audition for Spielberg himself in order to get the part.
Good’s character, Laura Vega, is being introduced in the TV version of the story. Good describes her character as a “young woman whose father was a police officer. She idolized him but wanted to be like him, but he was murdered when she was young.” She goes on to say, “When you meet her, there’s an edge to her, there’s a strength to her, a determination to her. She’s very hardheaded and she’s gonna break the rules if that’s what needs to happen. She stops at nothing, she is incredibly fearless. She is a little bit bossy and a bit of a smart ass.” As to the overall feel of the show itself, she describes it as “definitely the feel of a procedural. There’s also that thrill. There’s danger, but you also get that drama where you’re rooting for these characters.”
Good is also one of the more high-profile Christians in Hollywood. In the past, she has received some criticism for her beliefs, but she explains that she sees herself as “having a path that is unique because where someone else might think something is inappropriate, it is not a consideration for me because I’ve grown up very liberal and very open-minded and doing off-Broadway shows with drag queens with all of us getting dressed in the same room as fast as we can because we have to get out to the stage.
“My point of view is very different, and I think God allowed it to be that way because he wanted me to have that point of view. He wants me to touch and encourage and inspire and speak to those who aren’t ‘church people.’ It’s the people who don’t go to church because they don’t want to be judged because they feel like someone is going to tell them that they’re not good enough and God could never love them. Those are the people that I appeal to—the people who are rebels, the people who love God but feel like they don’t fit in.”
Although she doesn’t see herself as a role model, she does say that she considers herself as “having a responsibility.” For young women out there struggling with the decision of whether or not to lead a Christian life, she says, “You certainly don’t lose something without getting something better.” She explains that she “struggled with celibacy and my belief system all through my 20s. I always felt like I was picking and choosing which parts of myself I was giving to God. I would encourage young women to know that you can’t do it on your own, and when we make choices that we think benefit us at the time, you better ask yourself if every time you make that choice, has it been a good one that has advanced your life and not created more baggage and insecurities and pain and disappointment?”
Good does not rest on her proverbial laurels when it comes to maintaining her beauty. “Before 25, 26, I didn’t have to work out at all,” she shares, “but after 25, you have to do that if you want to maintain your body and your health.” For fitness, she is “more of an at-home workout person. I jog, I jump rope, I do squats, I do push-ups, I run up and down staircases. I like to do things where if I am out of town I can just go behind the hotel or on the street or whatever and do it.” Good says that she doesn’t diet but “just tries to eat well. I put good things into my body and stay away from sugar. I try to stay away from carbs. I don’t deprive myself. I try to make good choices so just because every night there is a little cake after dinner doesn’t mean I have it, but if they have my favorite cake, then I’m gonna have it.”
When she isn’t acting or working out, Good is “obsessed with massages.” She also loves karaoke, spending time with her family and watching a select few TV programs such as “Wayward Pines,” Rectify” on Sundance Channel and “Orphan Black,” whose lead actress she describes a being “brilliant.”
“Minority Report” premieres Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on Fox.