While she is mostly recognized as the significant other of Game of Thrones award-winning star Peter Dinklage, Erica Schmidt is not one to bask in the glory of her spouse’s fame. She is an acclaimed director, actress and highly-talented playwright in her own right.
While in college, Erica performed with a comedy group known as Laughing Stock after which she joined the theatre where she earned major recognition and awards for her works. Herein are several lesser-known facts about Peter Dinklage’s wife you never knew.
Erica Schmidt’s Bio
An American by nationality, Erica Schmidt was born in the United States on the 8th of June in 1975. Due to her privacy policies, she has not shared details about her folks but it has been gathered that she is of North American ethnicity.
In the same vein, the early educational background of Erica is not known but she finished her studies and graduated from Vassar College in 1997. At Vassar, she was among the Laughing Stock comedy group which battles with other similar groups during the weekends.
After college, she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she worked at Julliard in the capacity of a costume designer. Her spell at Julliard opened her eyes to the opportunities in the theatre industry and she decided to get more involved in it. Subsequently, her first break came as a deck stage manager on the production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
She also ventured into directing with her first major venture being As You Like It in 2000. She followed it up with Spanish Girl in 2002 and it received critical acclaim but her first big break came the next year when she directed Debbie Does Dallas and hot on the heels of that production, she pulled off her first acting role in Miles from Nowhere, a film directed by Buzz Kulik.
Although she experienced much success in her directorial endeavors, Erica was so engrossed with chasing acting roles in her early days in the industry. However, by the time she made her debut as a director, it became clear where her path lies. Under her directorial belt, Erica Schmidt boasts other productions like People Be Heard’ (2004) and Uncle Varya (2008), The Burnt Part Boys (2009) and Humor Abuse (2009). The latter lasted from March to April 19, at the Manhattan Theatre Club and takes credit as her most-recognized work to date.
The theatre production has made a comeback on the stage several times after its debut, recording rave reviews – it was shown at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in late 2009 and also returned at the American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2011 & 2012, as well as the Center Theater Group/Mark Taper Forum in 2013. What’s more, the production earned Erica the 2009 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show.
In 2015, Erica worked with her husband alongside Taylor Schilling in A Month in the Country. Some of her recent directorial ventures include All the Fine Boys (2017) and Cyrano (2018). Regardless of the waves she is making in the industry as a director amid other ventures, Erica was only pushed to international recognition when her husband became a global sensation following the success of the HBO series Game of Thrones where he stars as Tyrion Lannister.
Married Life With Peter Dinklage
Erica Schmidt has been married to Peter Dinklage since April 16, 2005. The duo met in 2002 and after getting to know each other, they dated for a while and reportedly eloped to Las Vegas where they sealed their love in matrimony.
The family is blessed with two children – the first is a daughter born in December 2011 while the second bundle of joy came along in September 2017. Due to their decision to keep their personal affairs private, Erica and Peter are yet to share the names of their children and the gender of the last one. Nevertheless, there are rumors that their first child is called Zelig.
Height And Other Facts About Peter Dinklage’s Wife
1. Erica began her career as a costume designer before venturing into the theatre where she found a permanent abode.
2. In 2001, Erica Schmidt walked away with the Princess Grace Award in recognition for her outstanding work as a theater director.
3. According to her husband, Erica’s passion for the theatre is beyond just entertainment; to her, theatre is an art.
4. Compared to her husband’s 1.32 meters, Erica towers at a height of 1.68 meters. However, Peter’s dwarfism has never been an issue between the two and they are living happily.