Lathan's performance earned an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.
The film also received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture.
"I feel like with black women, in a way, I feel like it has been harder for us to go there just in terms of culturally.
I know that there's this statistic that says that like 13 percent of black men are in interracial relationships.
On stage, Lathan was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun and starred in 2010 in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London. Her father, Stan Lathan, worked behind the scenes in television for PBS, as well as a producer on shows such as Sanford & Son and Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. She attended Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics.
She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor's degree in English.
Gister and performed in a number of Shakespeare plays, Lathan earned acclaim both off-Broadway and on the Los Angeles stage.
In 2002, Lathan starred in the romantic comedy film, Brown Sugar, alongside Diggs, Queen Latifah, and Mos Def.
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She followed this the subsequent year with a role in Life with Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy and back-to-back turns in The Best Man and The Wood.