Lisa Nicole Carson: "Renee Raddick"
Carson's character, Renee Raddick was McBeal's best friend and housemate on the show. Carson has been off the scene for several years after success in films like "Love Jones" and "Eve's Bayou," but she told CNN in October 2009 that she is hoping to return to acting. "What attracted me to the role is the fact that she was strong, professional and intelligent," Carson told CNN. "Those things really appealed to me at that time. I thought that was a unique situation, to be able to play an African-American woman on television coming from that space, and I thought it was pretty cool."