‘Deception’ Star Meagan Good’s Success Secret – Values

by | January 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM | Black Entertainment, Deception, My Journey

Megan Good stars in NBC's 'Deception.' (Getty Images, Frederick M. Brown)

Meagan Good is having a moment. The 31-year-old actress stars on “Deception,” a new NBC drama airing Monday nights that has her playing a detective who goes deep undercover to investigate the murder of her childhood friend, the daughter of an extremely wealthy San Francisco family.

A multitude of backstories and layered relationships make the nighttime soap much more complicated, but Good has a knack for simplifying it. “If you like a good mystery, if you like a good drama, if you love a procedural type of show, if you’re a fan of soap operas, you’ll love this show,” she says.

Off camera, Good has the same clear focus. Asked the secret to her success and what advice she has for others wanting to follow in her footsteps, she says, “Keep God first. And have a reason why you do it. Stay true to yourself and don’t do anything that you wouldn’t be proud of.”

Good learned those lessons growing up in Los Angeles where her father, Leon, was an officer with the LAPD and her mother, Tyra, took care of her three siblings. Her background is potpourri of ethnicities. “My mother’s mother is Jewish and African, so I guess that would be considered Creole,” she told DallasBlack.com in 2009. My mother’s father was Cherokee Indian and something else. My dad’s mother’s Puerto Rican and black, and his father was from Barbados.”

Watch the pilot episode of “Deception” below.

At four, she began acting in commercials and quickly graduated to TV series and movies (from “Doogie Howswer, M.D.” and “Amen” to “Stomp the Yard” and “Think Like A Man“). As for who’s given her the best advice along the way, she says, “My mom and sister are pretty good at it,” she says. “My husband [DeVon Franklink] has been pretty amazing, too. And my godfather is Jim Brown, and he has given me amazing advice since I was a teenager. So it’s been a little bit of everything here and there from a whole lot of incredible people.”

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She describes her new series “Deception” as “an actor’s dream” and says scripts for the coming episodes (the series premiered January 7) are “amazing, rich, and get to the place where everything is really crazy.” She has also produced four films, most recently one called “Video Girl.” “They kind of have these interesting cult followings of people who love them, so the plan is to do more,” she says.

Indeed, the plan is decidedly simple. “I try to keep a certain amount of integrity and have fun,” she says. “I like being creative. I often fly by the seat of my pants and…just live.”

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