Who is Cynthia Blaise?
Born in 1958, in the United States of America, Cynthia Blaise is both an actress and a dialect coach, but probably best known as the ex-wife of comedian Keegan-Michael Key. Her husband became famous for his work alongside Jordan Peele in “Key & Peele”. He has also worked in several mainstream films as a supporting character, often as comic relief.
Cynthia Blaise’s net worth
As of early 2020, Cynthia Blaise’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million earned through success in the entertainment industry.
While she has mainly played a background role in most of the film and television projects she has worked on, she probably benefited from her husband’s success, who has a net worth estimated at over $7 million. She is reported to have acquired a significant amount of wealth through their divorce settlement, including spousal support.
Beginning of early life, education and career
At a young age, Cynthia developed a love for the performing arts and wanted to pursue a career in entertainment. After graduating from high school, she decided to make her way into serious acting and enrolled at the University of Oregon to pursue a degree in theater.
She completed her degree at the historical institution and then continued her studies at the University of California, for a master’s degree in acting. The university system is one of the most comprehensive in the world, with a combined student population of approximately 300,000. Schools in the University of California system are among the most popular and widely applied in the US. After completing her master’s degree, she landed her first professional acting job in 1996, appearing in “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” alongside William Shatner.
Voice dialect work and continued acting
In the same year, she found herself to be a very capable teacher, especially when it came to voice control, dialect and the many intricacies of improving voice modulation for actors. She started working as a dialect coach and was invited to productions as an advisor or staff member. One of her first films where she worked as a dialect coach was ‘The Spitfire Grill’, although she was not given any credit for her work. She continued to work as a coach and was finally recognized in 1998, when she worked on the comedy film “Polish Wedding”.
In 2000, she returned to acting in the movie “Timequest” in which she also served as a dialect coach. The film featured her work with Victor Slezak and had a time-traveling theme. She stayed away from the spotlight after working there, preferring to work in the background while also supporting her husband. She was the voice coach for the movie “The Affair of the Necklace” and personally worked with Hilary Swank. She also worked on the movie “8 Mile” starring Eminem, and her efforts helped make the movie a Academy Awards.
In the following years she worked with high-profile actors such as Penelope Cruz, Elizabeth Banks, Salma Hayek and Chris North.
Some of her movie credits include “Sea of Dreams”, “Miami Vice”, “Bandidas”, and “Bad Apple”. She also had consistent television work and became part of the crew for the series “Justice”, but that was short-lived. She also worked temporarily for the show “Eli Stone” and helped Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the movie “Six Souls”. She also teamed up with Dwayne Johnson for his movie “Faster”.
In 2012, she returned to a movie role when she joined her husband in his work in “Key and Peele”. She became a recurring presence on the show, often appearing during comedy skits and other segments involving the titular comedy duo. She then worked on the television movie “Beautiful and Twisted” and the drama “The Tiger Hunter”.
A few of her latest projects involve voice acting, as seen in her contributions to the comedy sketch show “Robot Chicken”, which airs on Adult Swim and features stop motion, and has been very successful. During its run, it won six Emmy Awards and featured several celebrities in its skits, including Seth Green, Conan O’Brien, Seth McFarlane, and Mark Hamill.
Ex-husband – Keegan-Michael Key
After completing a master’s degree in theater, Keegan-Michael got his first shot on the ninth season of “Mad TV”, for which he auditioned against Jordan Peele. However, the producers found that the duo had great chemistry together, which led to them both being cast. A lifelong friendship would develop and the two were responsible for several comedy sketch segments that helped boost their fame as performers.
After they both left “Mad TV”, they started their own program “Key & Peele” which ran for five seasons. The show was known for its hilarious skits with the duo often performing comedic stereotypes that showcased their skill in comedy and versatility in acting. They ended the show after three years to pursue other projects, with Peele developing an interest in writing screenplays for horror films. Keegan, on the other hand, started appearing in various movies and shows – some of his projects in recent years include “The Lion King”, “Toy Story 4”, “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Playing House”. He is also the host of the National Geographic show called “Brain games”.
Cynthia and Keegan met while working on theatrical projects. After a few years of dating, they got married in 1998 and stayed together for almost two decades, but apparently they became increasingly tense after she started working with him on the “Key & Peele” show. They split in 2015 and Keegan filed parting but the procedure took a long time to settle things. As part of the settlement, she received more than $600,000, while also receiving a percentage of his earnings. She also got one of their vacation homes in Mexico and a Subaru vehicle with the settlement.
She has since quietly returned to work, while her former husband moved away. He started dating producer Elisa Pugliese and they got married in 2018.