Who is Tamala Jones?
Tamala Renee Jones was born in Pasadena, California USA, on 12 November 1974 – her zodiac sign is Scorpio, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress and film producer with close to 100 credits to her name, while she’s perhaps still known best for her portrayal of Janiece in the 1999 action crime comedy movie “Blue Streak”. It was directed by Les Mayfield, starred Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson and Peter Greene, and follows a former convict who has begun impersonating a police officer in an attempt to find a diamond which he had stolen years ago, but has now been stolen from him.
There are rumors circulating the internet, claiming that Tamala has retired from acting, however, she’s still highly active in the film industry, and as of early 2022 is shooting for the upcoming sports movie “Lola 2”.
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Early life and education
Tamala was raised alongside her siblings Craig and Tracey Cherelle Jones in Pasadena, by their parents about whom not a lot is known as Tamala respects their privacy; she has only shared that her mother was 15 when Tamala was born, that her father was 21, and how he was rarely around while she was growing up. Tracey is today also an actress, and has appeared in close to 30 movies and TV series.
Tamala became interested in acting while attending a local high school; she was encouraged by her drama teacher to appear in her first school play, and instantly fell in love with acting. She matriculated in 1992, and the same year saw her make her debut TV series appearance, in the episode “Romancing the Tube” of the musical family comedy “California Dreams”.
Tamala hasn’t spoken of her further education, but it’s believed that she went on to study acting, and that she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996.
Roles in TV series
She appeared in two episodes of the comedy “The Parent ‘Hood” in 1995, and Tamala gained recognition in 1996, when cast to star as Callie Timmons in the drama “Dangerous Minds”. It was created by Ronald Bass, also starred Annie Potts and Cedrick Terrell, and follows the former Marine Louanne Johnson, who has begun teaching under-achieving teenagers at a high school with a bad reputation; the series won two of the 11 awards for which it was nominated.
Tamala had roles in a couple of TV series in the remainder of the ‘90s, such as the animated adventure comedy “Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man” (voice role), the comedy “Malcolm & Eddie” and another comedy “Veronica’s Closet”.
Between 1998 and 2002, she starred as Bobbi Seawright in the popular comedy “For Your Love”, created by Yvette Lee Bowser, and which also starred Holly Robinson Peete and James Lesure. The series follows three couples who are giving each other advice on how to deal with their other halves, and it was nominated for eight awards. Some of Tamala’s other notable performances in the 2000s were in the comedies “The Tracy Morgan Show”, “One on One” and the “My Name Is Earl”.
From 2009 to 2016, Tamala played the main character Lanie Parish, as well as Pam Hodges and Betsy Sinclair, in the critically acclaimed crime comedy drama “Castle”. It was created by Andrew W. Marlowe, also starred Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, and follows the novelist Richard ‘Rick’ Castle who’s helping the New York Police Department catch a serial killer who’s imitating his novels’ plots; the series won 20 of the 49 awards for which it was nominated, including four Primetime Emmy nominations.
Three of her most recent TV series roles have been in 10 episodes of the 2021 crime drama “Rebel”, and in 2022 the episode “End Game” of the crime drama “The Rookie”, and the episode “Child Care” of the action thriller drama “9-1-1: Lone Star”.
Roles in movies
Tamala made her debut film appearance in the 1995 romantic comedy drama “How to Make an American Quit”, while a couple of her following roles were in the 1997 romantic comedy “Booty Call”, the 1998 romantic drama “Can’t Hardly Wait”, and the 1999 romantic comedy drama “The Wood”.
In 2001, she was cast to play Tracey Johnson in the romantic comedy “Two Can Play That Game”, written and directed by Mark Brown, and which starred Vivica A. Fox, Morris Chestnut and Anthony Anderson.
It follows a career woman who’s playing mind-games on her boyfriend in an attempt to ‘put him in line’, however, he knows how to play games, too; the movie was nominated for seven awards. In 2003, Tamala played Lisa Clark in the hit comedy “Head of State”, and in 2005 portrayed Margaret Wright in the horror thriller “Long Distance”. Some of her most notable performances in the remainder of the 2000s were in the 2006 mystery crime drama “Confessions”, the 2007 romantic comedy “What Love Is” and the 2008 musical drama “American Dream”.
In 2014, she starred as Jacqueline in the drama “Act of Faith”, directed by Dan Garcia, and which also starred John Amos and Jason Brye. It follows Mr. Brady whose wife has just died, and who’s now struggling to run his small diner with the help of his faithful waitresses.
Three of Tamala’s most recent film roles have been in the short comedy drama “’Til Death”, the action thriller “Deadly Dispatch” and the family comedy drama “Holiday Rush”, all released in 2019.
Tamala sang the song “Happy Birthday to You” in the 1995 episode “Not, I Barbecue” of the comedy series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.
She co-produced the 2004 comedy movie “Nora’s Hair Salon”.
Tamala has been featured in a number of documentaries, including the 2003 short video “The Making of Head of State”, and the 2007 video “Kat Williams: American Hustle”.
She has made a guest appearance in various talk-shows, most recently in “The D. L. Hughley Show”, “Celebrity Page” and “MadFlavor TV”.
Love life and relationships
Tamala prefers to keep the details of her love life to herself, but there are still three men whom she’s dated, that the public knows about.
Back in 2002, she started dating Nate Dogg, the late American singer and rapper, who died on 15 March 2011, aged 41, after having suffered a second stroke. Tamala and Nate were together for around a year, then split for unknown reasons.
In 2013, Tamala began seeing Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the Vice President of Equatorial Guinea, who had been in office since 2012, but they dated for only a couple of months.
As of February 2022, Tamala’s in a relationship with Big Gipp, a popular American rapper who gained recognition after he co-founded the hip hop group Goodie Mob, which has released six albums.
There are various rumors circulating the internet claiming that Tamala has a husband and children, or that she has a former husband, however, these have been proven false.
Hobbies and interesting facts
In both 2000 and 2001, readers of “Black Men Magazine” voted Tamala amongst the 10 sexiest women of the year.
She suffered a brain aneurysm in 1997, and survived with no consequences.
She’s a huge animal lover, and has a pet cat and dog, which can be seen featured in many of her Instagram pictures. Tamala’s quite active on the network, and seems to be enjoying the attention which she’s receiving from her more than 200,000 followers; she’s uploaded close to 2,000 pictures and videos, most of which have been taken during her everyday life.
Tamala’s into travelling, and her career has taken her to many US states and European countries, while her dream travel destination is Sydney, Australia.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are the late Robin Williams, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Watson, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Good Morning, Vietnam”, “Deadpool” and the franchise “Harry Potter”.
Age, height and net worth
Tamala’s age is 47. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).
As of February 2022, Tamala’s net worth has been estimated at more than $4 million.