Paula Jai Parker Bio

Paula Jai Parker is an American actress, comedian, director, and singer-songwriter. Her films credits include Friday (1995), Sprung (1997), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), Phone Booth (2002), Hustle & Flow (2005), and Idlewild (2006). Parker is also known for her voice of Trudy Proud in the Disney Channel animated comedy series, The Proud Family (2001-2005).  Her reputation as a comedian earned her a place on the FOX comedy program “The Apollo Comedy Hour,” filmed live at the legendary Apollo Theater. She briefly appeared on the Wayans Brothers show with Shawn Wayans.

Paula Jai Parker Age | Family

Paula was born on 19 August 1969. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Jai is 49 years old. Details of her parents and siblings names are not available as of now.

Paula Jai Parker Education | Career

Paula moved to Washington, D.C. in 1987 to study at Howard University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and moved again to New York City to play in a number of clubs. he performed on the FOX comedy program The Apollo Comedy Hour, filmed live at the legendary Apollo Theater. Jai was later cast as a member on the short-lived sketch show, Townsend Television. She made her film debut in 1995 as F. Gary Gray urban comedy Friday.

In the same year, she earned a Cable ACE Award for her role in the HBO anthology presentation, Cosmic Slop. Parker returned to television in the WB sitcom, The Wayans Bros. Throughout the 1990s, she appeared in several short-lived shows, including CBS sitcom The Weird Al Show (1997), and David E. Kelley’s ABC comedy-drama, Snoops (1999).  She has appeared in the 1995 horror anthology Tales from the Hood, Spike Lee’s Million Man March drama Get on the Bus (1996), the urban comedy Sprung (1997), Jada Pinkett Smith starring romantic comedy Woo (1997), the Frankie Lymon biography, Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998). 

 Parker had co-starred roles in 30 Years to Life, High Crimes, Phone Booth, and My Baby’s Daddy.[1] In 2004, she played the lesbian woman in the LGBT comedy-drama, She Hate Me and appeared as Ruth Brown in biographical film Ray. Her breakthrough was in the 2005 independent drama Hustle & Flow starring Terrence Howard. She later was cast opposite Howard in musical film Idlewild (2006).  Parker voiced the matriarch Trudy Proud in the Disney Channel animated comedy series, The Proud Family.

Parker had the recurring role in the HBO series, True Blood during show’ seventh and final season. In 2014, she was cast as one of five leads on the TV One reality series, Hollywood Divas.[6] In 2015, Parker was cast in the recurring roles on the Amazon drama Hand of God, and Freeform series, Recovery Road.[7] In August 2016, she released an extended play entitled “Paula Jai & Friends”, which featured the single “Going Down”.

Paula Jai Parker Husband | Children

Parker is married to Forrest Martin. The couple met on the set of Hustle & Flow, where Forrest, who had just graduated with a Master of Fine Arts was working as an intern.  The pair married in 2004. They have one son, Onederful.

Paula Jai Parker  Movies | Tv Shows






1994 Cosmic Slop Tang Television film
CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Drama
1995 Friday Joi
1995 Tales from the Hood Sissy Johnson
1996 Don’t Be a Menace to South Central… Drunk Party Girl
1996 Get on the Bus Jamilia
1997 Riot Lisa Segment “Homecoming Day”
1997 Sprung Adina
1998 Always Outnumbered Melodie
1998 Woo Claudette
1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love Paula King
1999 The Breaks Ann
2001 30 Years to Life Stephanie
2002 High Crimes Gracie
2002 Phone Booth Felicia
2003 Love Chronicles Sara
2004 My Baby’s Daddy Rolonda
2004 She Hate Me Evelyn
2004 Ray Ruth Brown
2005 Hustle & Flow Lexus Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2005 The Proud Family Movie Trudy Parker-Proud Voice
2005 Animal Reecy
2006 Idlewild Rose
2006 The Genius Club Tatiana
2007 Cover Monica Wilson
2011 King of the Underground Elizabeth Gayle
2013 When a Woman’s Fed Up Laticious
2013 Life of a King Gina Sanders
2013 Pastor Shirley Pastor Shirley
2014 4Play Linda
2014 Patterns of Attraction Desiree Stewart
2014 You Me & Her Karen Short film
2014 Act of Faith Shartruce
2015 The Summoning Angela
2015 The White Sistas Jordan White Also director
2015 Taco Shop Eve
2015 Last Call at Murray’s Danice
2015 Assistant Motives Joyce Miller
2016 She’s Got a Plan Rhonda
2018 Conundrum:Secrets among friends Victoria
2018 Hey, Mr. Postman! Ms. Kelly
2018 Sasha Lanes Ashanti






1992-1993 The Apollo Comedy Hour Performer Series regular
1993 Townsend Television Performer Series regular
1994 Roc Jill Episode: “No Place Like Home”
1995 Pointman Udia Episode: “Silent Auction”
1995-1996 The Wayans Bros. Monique Series regular, 13 episodes
1997 The Parent ‘Hood Sabrina Episode: “Wendell and I Spy”
1997 The Weird Al Show Val Brentwood-Gal Spy Series regular, 13 episodes
1997 Cosby Tanya Episode: “The Two Hilton Lucases”
1998 NYPD Blue Cara Wilson Episode: “Speak for Yourself, Bruce Clayton”
1999-2000 Snoops Roberta Young Series regular, 13 episodes
2000 Touched by an Angel Billie Holiday Episode: “God Bless the Child”
2004 The Shield Desirae Episode: “Cracking Ice”
2001-2005 The Proud Family Trudy Parker-Proud Voice, 51 episodes
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Trudy Parker-Proud Voice, Episode: “Spats: Experiment #397”
2005 CSI: Miami Deana Walters Episode: “Shattered”
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Julia Beltran Episode: “Toe Tags”
2007 Side Order of Life Stargell Grant Recurring role, 7 episodes
2008 My Name Is Earl Sylvia Episode: “Orphan Earl”
2009 Fear Itself Patty Orwell Episode: “Something with Bite”
2010 The Mentalist Astrid Episode: “Red Sky at Night”
2012 Let’s Stay Together Sherry Steele Episode: “Inspect Me, Inspect Me Not”
2012 The Exes Amelia Episode: “How Holly Got Her Groove Back”
2013 The Soul Man Drew Episode: “Bride and Prejudice”
2012-2014 Family Time Lori Recurring role, 6 episodes
2013-2014 True Blood Karen Recurring role, 5 episodes
2014–present Hollywood Divas Herself Reality series
2015 Hand of God Ida Congdon Recurring role, 2 episodes
2016 Recovery Road Margarita Jean-Baptiste Recurring role, 6 episodes
2016 Ray Donovan Sylvie Starr Recurring role, 5 episodes
2016 How To Get Away with Murder Yvonne Episode: “It’s About Frank”
2017 NCIS: Los Angeles Ellie Episode: “Forasteira”
2018 Black Jesus Teresa Recurring role, 3 episodes

Paula Jai Parker Net Worth

Parker is an American actress and comedian who has a net worth of $150 thousand dollars.

Paula Jai Parker Height

 Parker height is 5ft 2 or 157.5 cm tall.

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Paula Jai Parker Friday

Parker portrays Joi in Friday which is a 1995 American stoner comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray in his directorial debut. It stars Ice Cube, who co-wrote the film with DJ Pooh, and Chris Tucker. The film details roughly 16 hours in the lives of unemployed Craig Jones (Cube) and Smokey (Tucker), who must pay a drug dealer $200 by 10:00 p.m.

Paula Jai Parker Proud Family

Paula is Trudy Proud on the Disney Channel animated sitcom The Proud FamilyThe Proud Family is an American animated sitcom that ran on Disney Channel from September 15, 2001, to August 19, 2005.

Paula Jai Parker Tales From The Hood

Jai portrays Sissy Johnson inTales from the Hood which is a 1995 horror drama anthology film directed by Rusty Cundieff and executive-produced by Spike Lee. The film presents four short urban-themed horror stories based on problem concepts that affect the African-American community in the order of police corruption, domestic abuse, institutional racism, and gang violence; all presented within a frame story of three drug dealers buying some “found” drugs from an eccentric and story-prone funeral director.

Paula Jai Parker True Blood

Paula plays the role of Karenon in the HBO original series True Blood. She made her debut on the episode “Jesus Gonna Be Here“, at the beginning of the series’ seventh season, Paula plays the role of a vigilante. Playing a recurring role through the same season, Paula was a follower of Vince Gibson, until she met an untimely demise on the episode “Death is Not the End“, in the series’ seventh, and final, season. Tara Buck also plays the role of Ginger in the series.

Paula Jai Parker Ray Donovan

Parker has a recurring role as Maureen Dougherty Donovan (seasons 4–5) in the crime drama series Ray Donovan. It is an American television crime drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke viewership records, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime. On December 20, 2018, Showtime renewed the show for a seventh season.

Paula Jai Parker Songs

  • Going Down
  • Going Down Remix


  • Paula Jai & Friends (2016

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UMC Sets New Drama ‘A House Divided,’ ‘Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy’ Season 2


Variety has exclusively learned that Urban Movie Channel has set the new multi-generational family drama “A House Divided” for a summer 2019 premiere.

The series follows the direct descendants of Letty Sanders, who was enslaved in the 1800s and later became the wealthiest black woman in Los Angeles. The show centers on present-day members of the Sanders family, whose legacy is being threatened by the passing of its matriarch, a government investigation, and newly discovered secrets.

Currently in the beginning stages of production, the new series will star Demetria McKinney (Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”), Paula Jai Parker (“Ray Donovan”), Lawrence Hilton Jacobs (“The Jacksons: An American Dream”), Brad James (“Superstition”), David McKnight (“Hollywood Shuffle”), Taja V. Simpson (Fox’s “Lethal Weapon”), and Art Evans (“Die Hard 2”).

“A House Divided” comes from Dan Garcia, the creator of UMC’s series “Bronx SIU.”

“A thrilling tale of scandal and secrecy paired with core values of love, loyalty, and family unity, ‘A House Divided’ brings a mixture of excitement and intrigue that is sure to make for an exceptionally addictive drama,” said Nikki Love, the vice president of development and production for UMC. “We are excited to be working with Dan Garcia again on another project that we hope audiences will fall in love with while holding on to the edge of their seats.”

UMC has also announced that “Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy” will return for a second season. Created by husband and wife producing team Craig Ross Jr. and Caryn Ward Ross, the series follows four married couples as they undergo an unconventional form of therapy called “The Experiment” with the hopes of reviving their failing relationships. The cast includes Jill Marie Jones (“Girlfriends”), Brian White (“Ray Donovan”), Vanessa Simmons (“Growing Up Hip Hop”), Darius McCrary (“Star”), and more. Season 2 is slated to premiere this fall.

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