Kerri Eisenberg is the older sister of Jesse Eisenberg who has created a niche for herself in the arts and entertainment industry. Kerry Vera Lea, as she is now referred to, is a public figure, an actor, acting coach, drag and circus artist, screen and songwriter, and a model who currently resides in Harlem, NYC.
While most people refer to her in relation to her popular sibling as Jesse Eisenberg’s sister, the 43 year-old is doing very well across her varied chosen career fields. Kerri is very passionate about animal advocacy and has invested a lot of herself in this cause. She is involved in several art and charity organizations where her work has been exhibited for greater causes.
How Old is Kerri Eisenberg and Where was She Born?
Kerri Eisenberg is 43 years old as she was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the 20th of April 1980 to parents, Barry Eisenberg and Elle Jackson. Kerri Eisenberg has officially changed her name to Kerry Vera Lea. Even though several websites have Kerri’s mother recorded as Amy Eisenberg who is Jessie and Hallie Eisenberg’s mother, Kerri has stated categorically on her page who her mother is.
From what has been gathered from her personal social pages, she has several posts where she refers to Elle as her mother and thanks her for being there for her all through the dark times that she has gone through.
Kerri also put up a picture of Barry and Amy Eisenberg referring to them as her parents with a caption about them getting married at 23. So from her posts on social media, one can deduce that Kerri and her siblings only share the same father. But it is possible that she was indeed raised by Amy Eisenberg alongside her siblings.
Kerri alongside her siblings had a peculiar childhood and saw their parents work hard to provide for their needs. Their mother Amy used to work as a clown at children’s parties and then as a choreographer-director of a high school for more than twenty years. Amy Eisenberg currently teaches cross-cultural sensitivity at different hospitals. Kerri has some pictures of herself on social media but has never referred to her as her mother.
Kerri Eisenberg’s father Barry Eisenberg worked as a cab driver for several years. He then worked at a hospital before he became a college professor of sociology. From the lives of their parents, Kerri and her siblings learned resilience and tenacity which is evident in how successful they have all grown to become.
As they were raised to be hardworking and goal-oriented in a secular Jewish household, all of the Eisenberg kids are doing very well in their chosen career fields.
Kerri Eisenberg is Jesse Eisenberg’s Older Sister
Kerri Eisenberg was born on the 20th of April 1980 which makes her -2598 years while her brother Jesse was born on the 5th of October 1983 which makes him 39 years. This means that Kerri Eisenberg is about three years older than Jesse Eisenberg. Even though Kerry Vera Lea is some sort of an eccentric, she has a big heart and her love for family is unflinching and undeniable
Jesse Eisenberg‘s interest in acting began very early. He started in the children’s theater before moving on to independent drama. Jesse’s most popular role to date is his role as Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook co-founder in the drama titled The Social Network (2010). With an anxiety disorder that made him a misfit in school, Jesse turned to acting which made him more comfortable.
Asides from his very robust acting career, Jesse is also a playwright with 3 plays under his belt and has appeared in his own works in off-Broadway theaters. His accomplishments include an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, one Golden Globe Award, and two BAFTA Awards.
He was a writer with contributions to The New Yorker and McSweeney’s websites. His first book Bream Gives Me Hiccups: and Other Stories was released in 2015. Jesse and his older sister Kerry have a close relationship and they have been seen jabbing at each other on social media the way siblings do.
The Drag Artist Has Another Popular Sister – Hallie Eisenberg
Kerry Vera Lea is also a big sister to Hallie Eisenberg. Hallie was born on the 2nd of August 1992 which means she is the youngest of the Eisenberg children. Just like her older sister and brother, Hallie took to acting as a child. Her most popular role is that of “The Pepsi Girl” in a series of Pepsi commercials. Some of her other popular roles are her appearance in How to Eat Fried Worms and in Paulie.
Like her siblings, Hallie was raised in a secular Jewish family. She attended the American University of Washington, DC, and appeared in a handful of movies until 2010. Hallie has not been active in the industry for a while.
Kerry is quite close to her sister and doesn’t hesitate to celebrate her on her social media page. According to Kerri, even though they aren’t as close as they used to be while they were growing up, she definitely has lots of love for her sister. While they no longer look alike due to Kerri’s signature multicolored locks amongst other things, they had a very striking resemblance as kids and continue to love and support each other in their endeavors.
Kerry Vera Lea Might Have Another Sister in Mari Morrow
As stated earlier, Kerry is very active on social media and is very big on celebrating her family members. Kerry has several pictures of herself and popular actress Mari Morrow on her social media pages. She refers to her as her sister and also celebrates her children as her favorite nephews whom she loves very much.
While the nature of their relationship is uncertain, it is possible that they might actually be sisters through a blended family on any of their parents’ sides. Morrow is of Barbadian and African-American descent and she also began her acting as a child in theater productions. Asides from acting, Mari Morrow is also a realtor and real estate investor.
Kerri Eisenberg is Happily Married to Nathan – a Medical Doctor
From all indications, Kerry is happily married. She is married to a doctor called Nathan and they have been doing life together for quite a while now. From her posts on social media, the couple celebrated their tenth-year anniversary in September 2020 which implies that they got married in 2010. They have been married for close to 13 years now.
According to Kerri Eisenberg, she and her husband are the complete opposite, and it’s almost a surprise that they have been able to make things work in their relationship. Kerri’s husband is a medical doctor and she has shared several posts of herself going to visit him at work where he is busy saving lives.
According to Kerri, their love is an epic love story and was genuinely love at first sight for them. She has also shared that her husband is the first and only man she has ever been with. Even though they are complete opposites, they have been able to balance each other out by learning from each other.
She admits that she sometimes feel like she is ruining his life due to her many challenges and situation but she is rest assured about him as he has stood with her through the darkest times of her life, loving her and fighting for her.
Do They Have Kids?
Kerri and her husband do not have kids together yet. It is unclear if this is a personal decision or if it is due to an underlying medical condition. If it is the latter, Nathan’s medical experience should suffice. They are, however, parents to their dog – Krishna, 5 cats (Bohie, Celebrattie, Poseidon, Ever, and Pharaoh), and 4 rats. They are both animal lovers and this is another meeting point in their marriage.
Despite not having kids of her own, Kerri gets lots of baby love from babies around her. She has a Goddaughter Joella and two incredible nephews Robert and Ari who she gets to love. Her social media page is rife with pictures of them.
Moreover, her charity work has seen her pick up the role of foster parent to many children including teenagers who were previously incarcerated. For ten years, she actually successfully managed a performing arts school and creative therapy practice in Chelsea, NYC. Kerri has lots of experience with children and this will be an added advantage when/if she chooses to have kids in the future.
Kerri Eisenberg is a Versatile Individual With a Plethora of Talents
Kerri Eisenberg is a bundle of talents who have delved into the depth of her creative well several times. She is an actor, acting coach, artist, drag artist, model, songwriter, singer, rapper, screenwriter, circus artist, director, and public figure. One of the most remarkable things about her many talents and pursuits is that she is self-taught.
Kerry Vera Lea is an Actress
Kerri Eisenberg is a graduate of the Professional Performing Arts School of New York City. It is also worthy of mention that she has been very successful in most of her endeavors. In her acting career, Kerri has been featured in movies like The Repair Shop (1998), Spectropia (2006), and Coming Soon (1999).
Asides from this, she has acted in the theatre and appeared on several television shows. She does voice-overs for video games, commercials, and cartoons and has voiced characters on Nickelodeon and MTV. She is presently working on a documentary directed by Chino Maurice about her life. It is been filmed in LA and NY.
Kerri Eisenberg Expresses Her Creativity Through Different Forms of Art
As an artist, Kerri has described herself as a compulsive artist. She has several collections to her name which include hundreds of pieces. Her works are in varying mediums including sculpture, photography, and found art.
For example, she has a “Heart Shaped Heart” drawing collection that includes self-portraits, tattoo designs, and “Moments” that she refers to as short poetry. Her untitled Clay Sculptures in this same collection are more than 2000 pieces. She made them in the early 2000s when she was going through a difficult time in her life. Several of her works have been exhibited in galleries in New York.
Kerri was a part of HAI’s Artist’s Studio for many years. The organization is focused on bringing arts to Hospital Audiences and also promoting and supporting talented artists who are living with mental illness. Several of her works have been exhibited in their gallery many times. Kerri has also donated many of her paintings to galas and fundraisers aimed at raising money for charity organizations including the Farm Sanctuary, The Mayor’s Alliance, and Union Square’s renowned art market.
Kerry also has an eye for photography, it was one of her earliest hobbies and she continues to indulge herself until this day. One of her favorite things to do as a photographer is to take pictures of people undergoing the Transgender process and also Drag Queens.
Kerri Eisenberg is an Animal Lover and Advocate For All Sentient Beings
Kerri is an animal lover and unapologetic vegan. She has several pets which she refers to as her children and has rescued more than 100 animals. She has been featured in several newspapers, magazines, and television for her charity and advocacy works. She is known for her tagline “Ahimsa” which means “Non-Harm” to all sentient beings.
Kerry currently resides in Harlem with her loving husband and her many pets. She has a dog/son called Krishna- a service dog who saves her life every moment. She also has three rats (Kofi, Keavaughnie, and Khaliel) and five cats (Chinese, Karuna, Puppy, Gaja, and Apache), According to her, she once had up to 20 cats while doing rescue.
Jesse Eisenberg’s Sister Loves Circus Arts
Kerri is a lover of all circus arts and can perform almost all seamlessly. She can juggle, walk on stilts, spin plates, twist balloons, and do the “rolla-bolla” and Diabolo. She is a professionally trained Mime who paints clown makeup flawlessly. She is a self-taught musician who plays the guitar, piano, saw, harmonica, and the djembe.
Kerri Eisenberg reiterates that her work explores sadness, how it develops, and the potential to escape it. She sees potential for art and creation in everything all around her. She can’t do without creating as it has become an obsession and also a means of expressing herself in a world where she doesn’t fully fit in. She claims to have experienced too much pain that she can’t feel it anymore. Her life now is about compassion, acceptance, and love-all which she finds through her art.