There's no stopping Patina Miller. The South Carolina native got her start in the music industry at an early age, participating in the local gospel choir before pursuing a musical theater degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Following her graduation, Patina found herself her theater dreams becoming a reality after being cast as Delores Van Cartier of Sister Act, a role that earned her plenty of praise and awards.
After taking her talents to a production of Pippin (and casually winning a Tony back in 2013), the bodacious Broadway star shifted in front of a camera, appearing alongside Tea Leoni in CBS's Madam Secretary, and taking charge as Commander Paylor in the final installments of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 opposite Jennifer Lawrence. If you haven't been keeping up with Patina Miller, you better start now.
Patina talked with Maxim the importance of a good curse, hanging in SoHo, and all things Serena Williams.
1. What would you say is your ultimate goal as an actress?
I’ve been so blessed with amazing opportunities so far in my career. I just want to continue doing what I love, hopefully across all mediums, whether it be Film, TV, Stage or Music.
2. Do you have a favorite curse word to use?
It would definitely have to be “Fuck.” It’s the perfect word that can be used for many different feelings. It’s sexy, threatening, playful, and serious – and I use it way too often!!
3. What do you wear to feel your sexiest?
A pair of high heels and lace.
4. How can a man get your attention?
A great sense of humor and a nice smile.
5. Crushing on any females right now?
Serena Williams – she is everything!
6. If you could do anything on a date, what would you do?
I’m such a low-key lady. My ideal date would probably be ordering in, watching a movie, and listening to music while enjoying a nice bottle of wine and sharing great conversation.
7. What about if you were just hanging out on your own?
Go sit in my favorite café in SoHo and enjoy the ambience while enjoying a killer scrambled eggs with avocado toast and acai bowl!
8. How do you want your man to be groomed?
For the most part well groomed, but I do think a little scruffiness on the face is sexy.
9. If you could see any women on the Maxim Hot 100, who would you pick?
Definitely J.Lo, Beyonce, or Serena Williams!
10. So what's next for you?
You can catch me every Sunday night on the second season of “Madam Secretary” on CBS and I’m really excited for everyone to see the final installment to The Hunger Games series where you’ll see me as Commander Paylor!
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