Who is Kimi Davael?
Kiami Davael was born on August 21, 1986 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, USA. She is a psychologist, actress, producer and writer, best known for her performance in the movie “Matilda” where she played Lavender Brown. Other acting credits include “Bruno”, “Conan”, and “Grown Ups”, later focusing more on background roles in producing rather than acting.
The wealth of Kiami Davael
As of early 2020, Kiami Davael’s net worth is estimated to be over $600,000, largely earned through a successful acting career. She has also worked on several theater productions during her career and has been a professional psychologist.
Early life and career beginnings
At a young age, Kiami aspired to a career in the performing arts, so she took singing and dancing lessons, honed her skills and eventually found opportunities to perform in theatrical productions in her area. Her breakthrough came when she was cast in her first movie at the age of 10.
The movie was “Matilda”, which would become her most career-defining role to date. Based on Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name, the film follows the life of the titular character who discovers she has psychic abilities that she could begin to use on her school and on her family.
The movie starred Danny DeVito and received positive reviews though have not performed well at the box office and lost $3 million. Anyway, after her work in the movie, she got more opportunities and the next year she landed a minor role in the television series “The Pretender”. The show follows the life of an imposter who has built up numerous skills over his lifetime to impersonate almost any professional. The show ran for four seasons, with the titular pretender working on various cases to discover his origins and evade the business following his skills.
While the show was canceled, a few television movies have been made to continue the story, while books have also been published about it.
Over the next two years, Davael had a series of acting projects, mostly independent films or B movies, but which helped build her wealth, including “Promised Land” and “Conan”. She also made a cameo appearance in the first season of “Moeshawhich aired on UPN, starring Brandy Norwood as the titular character, and follows her life with her family in Los Angeles.
The show was only intended as a replacement, but became a huge hit for the network, making it one of its most successful productions. She also had a minor role in the sitcom “The Steve Harvey Show” which starred the titular comedian and follows his character’s life as a teacher and assistant principal, who used to be a very successful musician.
Latest projects, break and education
In 1999, Kiami had a guest starring role on the TV show “Grown Ups” on UPN, which tells the story of three friends who must adjust to their college life in order to become full-fledged adults; she got her chance because of her previous work with the network.
Her last professional acting project came the following year when she worked on the 2000 movie “Bruno” also known as “The Dress Code”. The film is actress Shirley MacLaine’s only known directorial project, aired during the Los Angeles Film Festival and then went straight to television via the Starz network.
Kiami left her acting career behind after that project, taking a break and prioritizing completing her studies. Another reason why she decided to take a break from the industry was because of the difficulties and stress it could cause.
She also didn’t make any big hits that could mark her for stardom as an actress, so after graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Kentucky where she earned a degree in psychology.
Recent projects and child actors
Davael completed her studies in psychology in 2008 and continued her career in theater. She has been part of several productions after settling in Atlanta, Georgia where she is active with her local theater community. She has only returned to film projects once, in 2012 when she became the writer for the short film “Reckless”, which tells the story of a woman struggling to make the right decisions in life.
Like many child actors, her success at a young age did not translate into a full-blown acting career. Many young stars like it difficult to adapt as the years go by, changing their bodies and lives. The stress and pressure they experience as a child can also lead to numerous problems later on. Actresses like Lindsay Lohan had constant problems with drugs, while other child actors like Amanda Bynes struggled with mental health issues. There are a few exceptions, though, with actors like Drew Barrymore and Joseph Gordon-Levitt comfortably finding their roles as adult stars and making millions in the process.
One factor that can significantly affect child actors is their parents, who can push their careers to the point of resentment.
Kiami is known for being single, although she is the type to keep secrets when it comes to her romantic life. She has not spoken about her relationships and has not been heavily mediated in recent years. Hair social media accounts indicate she has a child, though it is not publicly known who the child’s father is or if they are still together.