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Lee Gives Up the Law and Stars with Lawrence in National Security

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Robinne Lee joins Martin Lawrence in the hilarious, action-packed comedy National Security, also starring Steve Zahn and opening nationwide on January 17th.

Lawrence plays Earl Montgomery, a cocky L.A.P.D. cadet who would probably be a great cop if he weren't such a show-off. Earl's rebellious attitude gets him thrown out of the police academy and he has to settle for a job as a lowly security guard with "National Security."

After a run-in with an uptight police officer, Hank Rafferty (Zahn), Earl accuses him of harassment. Hank loses his badge, is thrown into jail and eventually winds up working for National Security, as well. Earl's overzealous behavior leads to a sophisticated smuggling operation and a possible police cover-up. Now everyone wants Earl and Hank dead, though they just may kill each other first.

Lee plays Denise, Hank's once trusting girlfriend who is also blindsided by Earl's bombastic demeanor. However, for Earl it was shocking to meets his uptight, blond colleague's African-American girlfriend. After that he begins to look at Hank in a more positive light.

Working with Lawrence and Zahn was a fun experience for Lee. "What a great time I had. First of all, you have Martin's character that is absolutely hysterical. Then Steve plays so well off him that it's was hard to remember that I was supposed to be serious. The scene called for me to be emotionally charged about this man who's trying to walk back into my life, and it was no laughing matter. But I really had a difficult time keeping a straight face," she says.

While getting a formal education has always been important for Lee, she hasn't been able to deny the lure of Hollywood, either. Shortly after she received a psychology degree from Yale University, she decided to move to Hollywood to study with well-known acting instructor Sondra Lee and pursue an acting career.

Lee landed her first film role in the 1998 Miramax romantic comedy Hav Plenty opposite the film's writer-director Christopher Scott Cherot. She continued her acting studies, while simultaneously attending Columbia Law School. She graduated with a law degree in 2000. That same year, Lee also starred opposite Debbi Morgan and Maya Angelou in the Hallmark Hall of Fame drama The Runaway. Upcoming for Lee is the romantic drama Deliver Us from Eva, starring L.L. Cool J and Gabrielle Union. So far, it looks like Hollywood has won out over the law.

Born and raised in Westchester, New York, Lee currently resides in Los Angeles.

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