An American-Kenyan actor, Edi Gathegi has been active since 2006 when he played Haitian Cabbie in Crank, an American action film written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The next year, he played a recurring role in seven episodes of House, a television medical drama. Edi has remained active since then and has built quite a fan base that keeps up with his career a great deal.
People mostly recognize the actor for playing Laurent, one of the bloodthirsty vampires in Twilight, a romantic fantasy film, and its sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon. As he has continued to remain relevant in the competitive industry, questions about his identity and love life have been common among those who have come to admire his contributions to the acting business.
The Origin and Early Life of The Actor
Edi Mue Gathegi was born on March 10, 1979, in Nairobi, Kenya to John N’ Gathegi and his wife who has largely stayed off the radar. He was quite young when his parents moved and settled in Albany, California, the United States.
Although it is hard to tell anything about the mother of the actor, we can tell that Edi thinks highly of his father. According to the actor, the man sacrificed a lot to give him and his siblings a good life.
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Happy Father's Day to the man that made my siblings and I a thing. The young, passionate scholar pursued his dreams while holding it down, never skipping a beat. I remain in awe of the sacrifices he made and the bottomless love he provided. We owe him ev-ery-thing. And he couldn't have done it without the "walking heart" Má Dukes. I love you both to the moon and back.
Growing up, Gathegi was passionate about basketball and was part of a basketball team at the University of California where he schooled. However, after sustaining a knee injury, he was discouraged and had to pull out of the sports. The incident which was quite a depressing one ended up being the force behind his acting career.
The Begining of His Acting Career and Rise to Fame
Pulling out of school due to the intense depression that befell him after quitting his favorite sport, he decided to pass time by participating in drama classes for leisure. Edi Gathegi at the time had no knowledge he was venturing into the field that would shape him into who he is today.
Having taken up acting classes, he developed more affection for the art and this inspired him to polish his acting skills. He would go on to take up a postgraduate course in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and graduated in 2005. To the best of our knowledge, his professional career started on the stage as he featured in theatrical productions like Two Trains Running at the Old Globe Theatre, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and others.
The following year after school, Edi Gathegi was ready and well prepared to become a part of the movie industry. He made his professional debut in 2006 when he featured in Crank as Haitian Cabbie. This gained him a lot of exposure in the industry as he went on to star in several movies and television projects the next year; they include Death Sentence, The Fifth Patient, Gone Baby Gone, Lincoln Height, House, and Veronica Mars. The roles he played in these projects gained him a lot of attention, making him a popular figure.
Roles That Inked His Name In The Heart of Hollywood
Almost immediately his professional career took off, Edi earned a lot of admirers for how believable the characters he portrayed were. Nonetheless, the first work that indicated he is someone to be taken seriously was playing Laurent in Twilight; this was in 2008. He reprised the role the following year in a sequel titled The Twilight Saga: New Moon and again in 2011’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I.
Edi Gathegi had built a strong profile from his earlier projects before he took up the role of Laurent. His skillful exhibition in Twilight earned him another big role in 2011 when he played the role of Darwin, one of the mutants in the sci-fi movie, X-Men: First Class.
The talented actor has since then appeared in many movies and TV shows. As he continues to showcase his unique talent, some of his popular movie works include My Bloody Valentine 3D, This Is Not a Movie, Atlas Shrugged, Shiva and May, and Aloha. You will also find him as Marques in Criminal Activities, Noah in The Watcher, Kenny Wayne in Pimp, Beaumont Willis and Jones respectively in 2019’s Princess of the Row and 2020’s The Last Thing He Wanted.
His popular television roles are in The Family Tools, Proof, The Blacklist, Startup, The Blacklist: Redemption, and Briarpatch. He has also been a part of other popular television productions like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Beauty & the Beast, Justified, Red Widow, Nikita, and much more.
It won’t be wrong to conclude that the Kenyan born actor has made quite enough for himself in the course of his acting career. Edi has a net worth estimated at $3 million. He has his craft to thank for his wealth which is expected to soar in the coming years as his profile continues to rise. Gathegi has also bagged some awards and nominations thus far. They include the Lucille Lortel Award, Ovation Awards, and the Drama Desk Award which he won in 2008 along with Sean Carvajal.
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What We Know About The Actor’s Love Life
Edi Gathegi has a good body stature with perfectly suits his acting profession. He stands at a height of 6′ 1″ which is quite perfect for his 59 kg body weight. Without a doubt, the actor’s slender figure gives him an edge over his counterparts as much as his good looks have had a lot of people wishing to have him as a lover.
Edi Gathegi seems like a ladies’ man but little is known about his personal life. The talented actor has kept his private life quite personal, but it is known that he once dated actress Jessica Mann. It came to light many years later that the relationship failed because Mann got involved with Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein.
Edi Gathegi Is Now a Married Man
It has been authenticated that the actor is out of the dating game as he is now married. From what we gathered, he is married to a Romanian dancer named Adriana Marinescu.
They got married sometime in 2018 after dating almost secretly for about three years. From what the actor has shared about his partner on Instagram, there is no question he is very fond of her.
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Here’s to yet another trip around the sun, Captain Goose. I’d be lost at sea without you. Thank you for guiding our ship always toward love kindness and grace with detours through humility and gratitude. You taught me many lessons that no other human alive could have forced me to digest. And you did it all by example. I’ve been mesmerized watching your heart runneth over and spill into those around you. I’m in awe and forever grateful that you are plainly and without question one of a kind. Happy Birthday to you, you divine fashionista. styled by: @adriana_ptk 📸: @luizacomsa01
To the best of our knowledge, they are yet to become parents but that hasn’t stopped them from having a swell time together.