How do actors and actresses get to feature so well and mimic the accent of a foreign national? How do they learn the intonation and style to perfectly fit into an otherwise impossible role? Well, that’s where the likes of Cynthia Blaise come in. As a dialect coach, speech trainer and actress herself, Blaise has been at the back end of blockbuster films such as Timequest (2000); 8 Mile (2002); Miami Vice (2006); and The Tiger Hunter (2016), to mention a few. She’s also appeared in box office hits like Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) and Key & Peele (2012 – 2015). Let’s tell you more about the ex-wife of comedian Keegan-Michael Key and other interesting facts need to know.
Cynthia Blaise’s Biography
Cynthia Blaise was born in the United States back in 1958. Although there are no specifics about her childhood, early education, siblings, parents or what they did for a living, we’re aware she’s always has a flair for the arts since childhood. After her graduation from high school, she proceeded to the University of Oregon where she acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Being the adventurous type, Blaise then enrolled at the University of California, Irvine, to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting.
Blaise got her to start with a role in the 1989 movie Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. She would go on to appear as a teacher in the Sci-Fi film, Timequest (2000). From 2012 up until their split in 2015, Blaise appeared in several episodes of her husband’s Comedy Central show, Key and Peele. But two years earlier in 2010, she played the titular character in Key’s comedy sketch, Meditations of Yoga: Ode to a Cougar. In 2016, Blaise voiced the puppet maker in one episode of Adult Swim’s stop motion sketch comedy Robot Chicken.
However, Blaise had begun her career as a dialect coach since 1996 when she took up her first project on the drama film, The Spitfire Grill; even though she went ‘uncredited’ for her work. Nevertheless, the credit began pouring in when she worked on the 1998 comedy drama Polish Wedding. Two years later, she was the sole dialect coach for her film Timequest (2000).
Since that time, Cynthia Blaise has worked as a voice/dialect coach or acted in notable movies and TV films including; The Affair of the Necklace, 8 Mile, Iron Jawed Angels, Bad Apple, Daltry Calhoun, Bandidas, Sea of Dreams, and Miami Vice. She was also part of the crew for the movies and shows; Justice, Eli Stone, 6 Souls, Faster, Bad Teacher, The Truth about Emanuel, Beautiful & Twisted, Hardcore Henry, and The Tiger Hunter.
Personal Details: Family
Cynthia Blaise and Keegan-Michael Key first met while working at the Detroit Repertory Theatre. In a rare turn of events, the two quickly bonded and their relationship led to the exchange of marital vows on December 27, 1998. In the early years of their union, Blaise reportedly supported her comedian-husband financially as he was still finding his footing in the industry. However, their once-fairy marriage hit the rocks when they got separated in November 2015. In fact, they couldn’t go for that year’s Emmy Award ceremony together. Their divorce was finalized in November 2017. They had no kids together.
At the time of their divorce, was dating actor and director Elisa Pugliese. And on November 14, 2017, just two days before his divorce from Blaise was finalized, Key announced his engagement to Pugliese via a Tweet. While it was a smooth switch for Key, for Blaise, however, it was sort of a disaster. She’d begun showing signs of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and reportedly suffered weight and hair loss, coupled with severe depression. Owing to her condition, she withdrew from work and was placed on medication. She’s not been reported to be with anyone since that time.
All You Need To Know About Keegan-Michael Key’s Wife
1. Cynthia Blaise’s Net Worth
As of 2019, no sources reveal her actual net worth or her annual salary. However, the success of some of her previous ventures can give us a clue. Her first movie appearance in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, gave her a sizeable share of the $63 million gross; more than double of its production budget of $27.8 million. More than that, Cynthia Blaise’s divorce saga have placed her on a $34,000 spousal support and an additional 21% of any of Key’s income exceeding $2.15 million annually. She got a vacation home in Mexico and her Subaru Crosstrek in the settlement.
2. Age Difference
While we know of several marriages having the wife as the older partner, the age difference have always ranged from 2 to 10 years. Not for Cynthia Blaise and her ex-husband. At the time of their marriage on December 27, 1998, she was 14 years his senior.
3. Height and Body Measurement
Prior to their divorce, Blaise maintained that “gracefully aging” look, until things went sour in 2015. Her once-healthy looks were marred by PTSD, depression, unhealthy weight loss and hair loss too. We’re not sure how tall she is, but we know she is not as tall as her ex-husband who is 6 feet 1 inch (1.85m) tall. She has dark brown hair and eyes. As of this writing, we have no tabs on her bra, shoe and dress sizes as well as body measurement.