Sanaa Lathan

Biography: Given her stunning looks, it's fitting that Lathan's first name means "work of art" in Swahili. Happily, this bombshell's talent is equal to her aesthetic appeal. The daughter of a Broadway hoofer and a veteran TV director, this "work of art" was inevitably artistically inclined, studying dance and acting as a child. After graduating from the Yale School of Drama, she guested on a number of TV shows, eventually winning a series-regular spot in 1998 on the short-lived Nightline spoof Lateline. That same year, Lathan made much more of an impression with a small but memorably oedipal part as Wesley Snipes' mama in the vampire flick Blade. A string of successively larger roles in African-American-oriented movies upped her profile, two of them---1999's The Wood and 2000's Love & Basketball---opposite her then-boyfriend, Omar Epps. In the latter, she and Epps were perfectly matched physically as both lovers and competitive athletes, and Lathan won a number of awards (Image, BlackGiven her stunning looks, it's fitting that Lathan's first name means "work of art" in Swahili. Happily, this bombshell's talent is equal to her aesthetic appeal. The daughter of a Broadway hoofer and a veteran TV director, this "work of art" was inevitably artistically inclined, studying dance and acting as a child. After graduating from the Yale School of Drama, she guested on a number of TV shows, eventually winning a series-regular spot in 1998 on the short-lived Nightline spoof Lateline. That same year, Lathan made much more of an impression with a small but memorably oedipal part as Wesley Snipes' mama in the vampire flick Blade. A string of successively larger roles in African-American-oriented movies upped her profile, two of them---1999's The Wood and 2000's Love & Basketball---opposite her then-boyfriend, Omar Epps. In the latter, she and Epps were perfectly matched physically as both lovers and competitive athletes, and Lathan won a number of awards (Image, Black Reel and BET) for her multifaceted performance. But it was her turn as a butt-kicking beauty in the wildly successful 2004 thriller Alien vs. Predator that made her a familiar face to the masses, even if the flick showed off her body more than her brains. A Tony-nominated turn in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun that same year proved she could still deliver a thoughtful performance. In 2006, she signed on to the sexy series Nip/Tuck as the mysterious boss of two morally challenged plastic surgeons, and in 2009, she began voice-over work on Fox's The Cleveland Show. Expand

Sanaa Lathan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 54
Highest Metascore: 70 Love & Basketball
Lowest Metascore: 29 AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
18 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
63 Native Son Apr 6, 2019 Trudy Thomas / Trudy Thomas tbd
63 Nappily Ever After Sep 21, 2018 Producer / Producer / Violet / Violet / Violet Jones / Violet Jones tbd
45 American Assassin Sep 15, 2017 Irene Kennedy / Irene Kennedy 5.7
46 Now You See Me 2 Jun 10, 2016 Deputy Director Natalie Austin / Natalie Austin 6.3
53 Approaching the Unknown Jun 3, 2016 Captain Emily Maddox / Emily Maddox 3.0
36 The Perfect Guy Sep 11, 2015 Leah / Leah 6.4
tbd Repentance Feb 28, 2014 Maggie / Maggie Carter / Maggie Carter 4.8
59 The Best Man Holiday Nov 15, 2013 Robin / Robyn 5.8
70 Contagion Sep 9, 2011 Cast 7.0
48 Wonderful World Jan 8, 2010 Khadi tbd
tbd Powder Blue May 8, 2009 Diana / Diana 7.0
49 The Family That Preys Sep 12, 2008 Andrea 8.6
64 Something New Feb 3, 2006 Kenya Denise McQueen 7.3
29 AVP: Alien vs. Predator Aug 13, 2004 Alexa Woods 5.9
63 Out of Time Oct 3, 2003 Ann Merai Harrison 8.1
58 Brown Sugar Oct 11, 2002 Sidney 'Syd' Shaw 5.9
46 Catfish in Black Bean Sauce Jul 28, 2000 Nina tbd
70 Love & Basketball Apr 21, 2000 Monica Wright / Monica Wright 7.9
61 The Best Man Oct 22, 1999 Robin 8.2
46 Blade Aug 21, 1998 Vanessa / Vanessa tbd
tbd The Best Man Wedding TBA 2016 Robin tbd