She described how she got the part of Lanie in an interview for Regard magazine: "My character "Lanie Parish" was actually written for a Caucasian actress, but my agent and manager along with myself were all in agreement that I needed to step out of the box a little bit. I auditioned for the role in the pilot and I booked it. "Lanie" was only supposed to be a guest star with a possible recurring role. The show got picked up by ABC for 13 episodes and by that time it was pilot season again. I was still auditioning for other pilots when I heard the news of the pick-up & was about to network test for another pilot. My team called ABC to let them know that I was about to test for another show & ABC put a stop to that, with an offer as a series regular role on what is now one of ABC's highest-rated shows."
Regarding working on the show in general, Tamala said the following: "I am surrounded by not just great actors but the crew, producers and the writers. We are all a really big family and we all love each other. You walk on that set and it just not work for us. We really are a unit. We do special things for each other all the time, not because we have to but because we want to. We worry about each other. I make cookies for them. It is such a great atmosphere to be apart of. I am humbly happy and totally blessed to be involved with these people." 
Born November 12, 1974 in Pasadena, California.
- JJ in Busted (2009)
- Regina in The Janky Promoters (2009)
- Mrs. Watson in Who's Deal? (2009)
- Nikki in The Hustle (2009)
- Chapter Leader Renee in Show Stoppers (2008)
- Keisha in American Dream (2008)
- Kim Hinton in Daddy Day Camp (2007)
- Shannon in Who's Your Caddy? (2007)
- Tory Adams in Confessions (2006)
- Margaret Wright in Long Distance (2005)
- Clorie in Nora's Hair Salon (2004)
- Lisa Clark in Head of State (2003)
- Jackie in On the Line (2001)
- Tracey Johnson in Two Can Play That Game (2001)
- Sheila West in The Brothers (2001)
- Nadine in Kingdom Come (2001)
- Theresa in The Ladies Man (2000)
- Laura Leeton How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)
- Kia in Turn It Up (2000)
- D'wana in Next Friday (2000)
- Janiece in Blue Streak (1999)
- Tanya in The Wood (1999)
- Girlfriend #2 in Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
- Nikki in Booty Call (1997)
- Anna's Great-Grandmother in How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
- Everybody Hates Chris - Darlene in episode 4.15, "Everybody Hates Boxing"
- My Name is Earl - Liberty Washington in episode 2.16 (B.L.O.W.), episode 3.9 ("Randy in Charge: Of Our Days and Our Nights"), and episode 3.10 ("Midnight Bun")
- Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - Claire in episode 1.17, "The Disaster Show"
- CSI: Miami" - Katie Watson in episode 5.9, "Going, Going, Gone"
- Ghost Whisperer" - Amy Wright in episode 2.3, "Drowned Lives"
- Love, Inc. - Terri in episode 1.4, "Bosom Buddies"
- One on One - Tonya in 9 episodes
- The Tracy Morgan Show - Alicia Mitchell in 18 episodes
- For Your Love - Bobbi Seawright in all episodes
- ER - Joanie Robbins in episode 1.17 ("The Birthday Party"), episode 1.24 ("Motherhood"), and episode 8.1 ("Four Corners")
- Veronica's Closet - Tina in 8 episodes
- Malcolm and Eddie - Caroline in episode 2.11, "Two Men and the Baby"
- JAG - Nia in episode 1.12, "The Brotherhood"
- The Wayans Bros. - Wanda in episode 2.1 ("Shawn Takes a New Stand") and episode 2.7 ("Scared Straight")
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Tiffany in episode 6.6, "Not I, Barbecue"
- Like her co-star Molly C. Quinn, is 5' 4" tall.
- Has appeared in three music videos: for "Give It Up, Turn It Loose" by En Vogue, with actresses Carmen Electra and Taraji Henson for "Girls, Girls, Girls" by rapper and mogul Jay-Z, and "Independent" by rapper Webbie, where she played a female African-American President of the United States.
- Has said repeatedly that she thinks Pam Grier should be cast as Lanie's mother.
- Worked as a model before becoming an actress.
- Once took an acting class with Brittany Murphy, Seth Green, and Jamie Pressly that was taught by Ernie Lively, Blake Lively's father.
- To help remember Lanie's complicated medical jargon, she admits she sings her lines: "I learn by singing it! I can remember the words to anything if they're in a song."
- Regard Magazine, issue 5, text (c) 2010 Dimitry Loiseau
- "The Desk of Brian.com", Interview by Mike Gencarelli, posted February 9, 2011
- Tamala Jones' biography at the Internet Movie Database 
- "Interview: Castle Co-Stars Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic The Futon Critic, written by Jim Halterman, posted 11/15/2010
- Daily Actor.com "Castle's Tamala Jones on her career, the show, and one line auditions!", by Lance Carter, posted February 1, 2011
- "What's Next for Castle's Crew", page 19, TV Guide, Feb. 28-March 6, 2011