Prolific multi-faceted American entertainer, Alec Baldwin, is the oldest and most popular of his three brothers in the entertainment industry. Having first gained fame through the television soap opera, Knots Landing (1984 – 1985), Baldwin is now best recognized for his starring role as Jack Donaghy on the hit TV show, 30 Rock (2006 – 2013) which has earned him a plethora of awards.
From successful TV dramas to becoming the record holder for the most SNL hosted, Baldwin can give himself a pat on the back for an accomplished Hollywood career; his multi-millionaire status is an obvious attestation to this. The Baldwins are no doubt Hollywood royalty garnering much interest from the media, Alec, like his brothers, has seen to it that the Baldwin name would remain active in Hollywood long after they are gone. The comedian has fathered 6 children from two wives, one from whom he is now divorced.
Alec Baldwin Met His Wife Hilaria Thomas By Chance
Unlike his first marriage which was to an equally popular entertainer, Alec Baldwin’s second relationship that would lead to marriage was with a formerly obscure lady named Hilaria Thomas. When word of their romance got out, many were quick to criticize Baldwin for the huge age gap between them – Hilaria is 26 years younger than the ace comedian.
Regardless of speculations that their relationship would be a short-lived one, Baldwin and Hilaria have proven everyone wrong. In commemoration of their 8 year anniversary in February 2019, the actor took to his Instagram page to share the story of how they first met.
According to the ace comedian, he was having dinner with a friend at Pure Food and Wine on Irving Place one February evening when he spotted Hilaria standing by the door with her friends. Hilaria in her interview with the New York Times recalled how Baldwin approached her and claimed to know her before giving her his card. By August 2011, the duo began dating and 6 weeks into their romance, they shared their first kiss, Hilaria, in an interview revealed how much she wished the kiss had come earlier. Five months later, the couple moved in together and exactly a year and a half after they met, Baldwin popped the question. The couple got married on June 30, 2012, at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City.
Mrs. Baldwin Is A Yoga and Fitness Instructor
Since marriage threw Hilaria from obscurity into the limelight, she has revealed many details about herself including very personal details like struggles with anorexia and bulimia. She is a yoga enthusiast who teaches one-on-one yoga classes. Hilaria has been practicing and teaching yoga since 2005. Raised partly in the US and in Spain, she began training as a gymnast at the age of 13. As a young girl, Hilaria also trained in Latin ballroom, ballet, and flamenco dancing.
Having struggled with diet issues in the past, Hilaria is an advocate for healthy living and wellness. She frequently dishes health tips to her over 810 K Instagram followers. She documented her health struggles in her book, ‘The Living Clearly Method: 5 Principles for a Fit Body, Healthy Mind & Joyful Life.’ Though she was previously overwhelmed by the fame that came with being married to a celebrity, Hilaria has now learned how to utilize stardom; she is a contributor on Today Show and People Magazine and also hosts a podcast titled Mom Brain.
The Couple Welcomed Their Fifth Child In September 2020
As of this writing, Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria are proud parents of 5 children. Their fifth child, a son they named Eduardo Pau Lucas joined the family on September 8, 2020. The couple’s first child, a daughter named Carmen was born on August 23, 2013. She is the couple’s only daughter as the rest are sons named Rafael Thomas (born June 17, 2015), Leonardo Angel Charles (born September 12, 2016), and Romeo Alejandro David (born May 17, 2018).
Hilaria’s journey to making babies has not been entirely smooth, in 2019 she revealed that she had two miscarriages. Her 2019 miscarriage lost at 4 months was to be a baby girl. She documented her heart-breaking experience on Instagram.
Alec Baldwin Was First Married To Actress Kim Basinger Whom He Met On Set
Baldwin’s first marriage was in 1993 to actress Kim Basinger whom he met during the filming of the movie, The Marrying Man. In the film shot in 1990, Alec and Kim played as lovers, Charley Pearl, and Vicki Anderson. The duo later brought their on-screen love to real life, tying the knot three years later on August 19, 1993. Unfortunately, their marriage was short-lived, 7 years was how long it took before things turned sour, the couple announced their separation on December 5, 2000. After a nasty court battle, the couple finalized their divorce on September 3, 2002.
Baldwin’s Futile Efforts To Remain In His Daughter, Ireland’s Life Drove Him Suicidal
Before his flame with Basinger quenched, Alec welcomed a daughter with her named Ireland Baldwin on October 23, 1995. Following their divorce, Baldwin, in a bid to remain active in his daughter’s life made many sacrifices, including relocating from New York to Los Angeles as well as taking a break from his career. However, his sacrifices did not seem fruitful, driving him to a breaking point on April 11, 2007, when he left the then 11-year-old Ireland an angry voicemail message for not answering an arranged call. The voicemail which leaked via TMZ had a part where Baldwin called his daughter a “rude, thoughtless little pig.”
The aftermath of the leak included Baldwin contemplating suicide per his 2009 interview with Playboy. He documented his experiences in the 2008 book A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce with Mark Tabb. Baldwin later got things right with his daughter who appeared on the red carpet with him for his 2019 TV Special Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin.
Baldwin’s daughter Ireland Baldwin has followed in the footsteps of her parents, she is a fashion model, actress, and part-time DJ. She played the younger version of her mother Kim in the 2013 film, Grudge Match. She is bisexual; she’s dated female rapper Angel Haze and musician Corey Harper.
Baldwin’s $300 K/Episode Salary For 30 Rock Significantly Boosted His Net Worth Between 2006 and 2013
After abandoning his aspirations of becoming a lawyer to chase his passion for acting, Baldwin enrolled in several acting schools including Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute before beginning his acting career in the theater, debuting on Broadway in Joe Orton’s 1986 two-act play, Loot. Later on, he landed his first television role as Billy Aldrich in The Doctors; (1980 – 1982).
Fast forward to the 90s, Baldwin began earning 7 figures for each movie role. Per The Richest, he earned $1.5 million for his role in Marrying Man and $5 million each for 1996 films Ghosts of Mississippi and Heaven’s Prisoners. In the years to follow, Alec Baldwin starred in very successful movies including The Cooler (2003), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), and To Rome with Love (2012).
During this period, Baldwin’s most outstanding work was the TV drama 30 Rock. The series premiered in 2006 and ended in 2013. It was reported that Baldwin’s peak salary for his role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom was $300, 000 for each episode. The show ran for 139 episodes across 7 seasons.
Between 2009 and 2013, it was estimated that Baldwin earned no less than $50 million from all endeavors. Forbes placed him at #83 on its 2013 list of Celebrity 100 Earnings with an income of $8 million. In 2011, his New York apartment was valued at almost $12 million while his Central Park West apartment was valued at $9.5 million.
Between 2018 and 2020, The Actor’s Net Worth Has Leapt From $60 million to $65 million
Post 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin’s career has continued to soar. He gained worldwide recognition for his improv of Donald Trump on SNL winning an Emmy in the process. That year, he revealed that he was getting paid $1,400 for each episode he played Trump. His pay no doubt increased after the Emmy win. He has played Trump in no less than 25 episodes.
In 2018, Business Insider reported that Alec Baldwin was among the highest-paid people on TV. He received a salary of $3 million for hosting the NBC game show Match Game which premiered in 2016. In 2018, his net worth was pegged at $60 million, and in 2020, The Sun placed it at $65 million.