Who is Steffiana de la Cruz?
Steffiana is a Filipino actress and model, but she is probably best known to the world as the wife of American actor, comedian and screenwriter, Kevin James.
Steffiana de la Cruz Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Born Stephanie Anna Zantua on 28 August 1975 under the Virgo zodiac sign, in the Philippines. She and her parents moved to the US upon her birth and settled in New York City. Unfortunately, she hasn’t revealed the names of her parents and whether she has any siblings or not.
Her secrecy runs further, as there is no clear information about her educational background, as it’s only known that she matriculated in 1992 from an unspecified high school.
Steffiana became interested in modeling at an early age, and after high school started pursuing a career in modeling. However, she had little to no luck at first, but after a while was noticed by a talent agent and began appearing in campaigns and commercials on a national level.
During her early career, Steffiana met actor Chris Penn and the two started dating. While with him, she began attending acting classes, and made her first appearance in the 1997German crime drama series entitled “Die Gang” (“The Gang” in English). Although a minor role, it was enough to give her another chance, as she appeared in the TV series “Pacific Blue” in 1999.
Rise to Prominence
With the start of the 2000s, Steffiana’s career started improving, and she made her film debut in the crime drama film “Cement”, which starred her ex-boyfriend Chris Penn, also Jeffrey Wright and Anthony DeSando.
The same year, she portrayed Tracy in the television drama movie “Something to Sing About”, while in 2001 she starred in the comedy action-adventure film “Soulkeeper”, starring William Bassett, Howard Berger, and Jaime Bergman.
Steffiana was taking huge steps forward in her career, first appearing in a couple of films, such as “Redemption” and “Stealing Harvard” both in 2002. The same year, she made her first appearance on TV in the popular series “The King of Queens”, and through 2006 featured in four episodes in total.
She was active until 2018, and appeared in a few more popular projects. She had a minor role in the comedy film “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (2009), and in 2011 she was Robin in the film “Zookeeper”. In 2015 played Kira in the “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” sequel, while in 2017 and 2018 she portrayed two different characters in the TV series “Kevin Can Wait”.
As of early 2022, Steffiana de la Cruz’s net worth has been estimated to be around $5 million.
Personal Life, Dating, Marriage, Husband, Children
Steffiana dated Chris Penn until 1999 when they broke up; there was no official reason for their break up, however, according to reports, Penn was in a spiral of substance abuse, which persuaded her to break from him.
Two years later, she was set up for a blind date with Kevin James. A friend of hers was an interior decorator for Kevin, and she arranged a meeting between the two; at first she was hesitant, but eventually said yes.
Sparks flew between the two on the first date, and they married on 19 June 2004. Since then, they’ve welcomed four children – three daughters, Sienna-Marie James, born in 2005, Shea Joelle James in 2007, and Sistine Sabella James in 2015, and son Kannon Valentine James, born in 2011.
Steffiana de la Cruz Husband, Kevin James Biography
Born Kevin George Kinpfing on 26 April 1965 in Mineola, New York USA, he’s the son of Joseph Valentine Kipfing Jr. and his wife Janet. Of German ancestry, he is one of three children, with a sister Leslie and brother Gary Valentine.
He went to Ward Melville High School, and then enrolled at the State University of New York at Cortland, during which time he played football for the college team. However, he had a serious back injury that ended any possibility of a career in sports.
He turned to stand-up comedy in the late ‘80s, and made his debut appearance at the East Side Comedy Club on Long Island. After this initial success, he began appearing in various talk shows, such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “The Late Late Show”, and others, which earned him a spot in the 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians at No. 76.
He started his acting career in 1995, with the role of Doug in the television movie “Nowhere Fast”, and in 1998 he was selected for the role of Doug Heffernan in the sitcom “The King of Queens” (1998-2007), for which he earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the category for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
After the end of “The King of Queens”, Kevin continued his career in stunning fashion, first with the role of Larry Valentine in the comedy film “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” (2007), then as Paul Bart in the comedy film “Paul Bart: Mall Cop” in 2009, reprising the role in the sequel “Paul Bart: Mall Cop 2” in 2015, meantime in 2012 he was Scott Voss in the film “Here Comes the Boom”.
From 2016 to 2018, he portrayed Kevin Gable in the TV series “Kevin Can Wait”, and most recently he was cast as Kevin Gibson in 10 episodes of the comedy series “The Crew” (2021). He is currently working on several projects, including the sports comedy film “Home Team”, scheduled for release later this year.
Kevin has also released two comedy specials – “Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff” in 2001, and “Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up” in 2018.
According to sources, Kevin James’s net worth has been estimated to be around $100 million, as of early 2022, earned through his successful career as an actor and comedian, so far appearing in more than 45 film and TV titles.