One of the characters of the TV series, My Best Friend Is An Alien, Larrabee Hicks, who stole the admiration of fans, was played by Michael Cera, a Canadian actor, and singer. The child actor, over the years, has blossomed into a fine young man, improving his talent with every additional character he portrays. He got a wider recognition after he appeared in the TV series, Arrested Development, where he played the character, George Michael Bluth. His other works include, but are not limited to Superbad, Juno, This Is The End, and many more.
With the support of his family, Michael Cera entered the entertainment industry at a very young age; his first job was a commercial for Tim Hortons. This opened the doors to other projects and his fame gradually grew with each new role in the entertainment industry.
Michael Cera Comes From A Family Of Five
Michael Austin Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada on the 7th of June 1988, into a family of five. His family consists of his father – Luigi Cera, his mother – Linda Cera, his elder sister – Jordan, and younger sister – Molly. His parents, Luigi and Linda Cera worked professionally at Xerox Holdings Corporations, an American Corporation that deals with print and digital document products and services. The Canadian born entertainer has a multi-ethnic background and is of Italian, Irish, Dutch, Scottish, and English ancestry.
Michael Cera started his education at Conestoga Public School, then he proceeded to Robert H. Lagerquist Senior Public School. He finally attended Heart Lake Secondary school, where he stayed only up to grade nine, before settling to complete his academics through online courses up to grade twelve.
His Appearances In Commercials As A Kid
Cera’s interest in acting was piqued after seeing the movie Ghostbusters when he was down with chickenpox at the age of three. As a result, he idolized Bill Murray, who starred in the film. Having the backing of his parents, he began pursuing his dream at a very tender age. Michael Cera got started by appearing in ads and commercials. Eventually, he garnered worldwide popularity as his career began to take off.
He first started out on TV, making his acting debut in the TV movie, What Katy Did in 1999. In the same year, he scored roles in many TV series including Twice in a Lifetime, Noddy, My Best Friend Is An Alien, and The Wonderful World of Disney. Later in the 2000s, Michael had an upward career trajectory as he featured in more than thirty-five acting projects. He first gained prominence in the film industry with his role of George Michael Bluth in the cult sitcom, Arrested Development which he played from 2003-2006, and continued in the subsequent years.
Later in 2007, Michael Cera reached new heights in his career with a back to back feature in two box office hit movies. He portrayed Evan in Superbad which was critically and commercially successful and grossed more than $170 million on a budget of $20 million. Similarly, the actor played the lead in the comedy-drama film, Juno which also was a box office hit, earning $231 million worldwide on a budget of $6.5-$7.5 million.
In 2008, he began playing voice role in the animated TV series, Childrens Hospital, and appeared in 62 episodes of the series from 2008 to 2016. Cera further featured in Paper Heart and Youth in Revolt before attaining enormous fame with his portrayal of Scott Pilgrim in the 2010 comedy film, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Michael Opted For A Quieter Life In Recent Years Despite Having Established Himself In The Acting Industry
After garnering massive media attention for his acting talent well displayed in the 2000s, Michael Cera who is spotlight-shy decided to take things slow with his acting career and thus, limited himself to working with a few directors. According to the actor, he faced a bit of crisis then, as he was unsure of the way his life was configured at the time. As a result, he decided to trod the path of a quieter life and then constructed the life he wanted to lead in adulthood.
Despite his decision, he is still active in the film industry to date but not to be compared to his screen presence in his teen years.
His Recent Acting Gigs
Between 2015 and 2017, Michael Cera featured in more than ten films and TV series. He scored roles in A Very Murray Christmas, That Dog, Man Rots from the Head, Lemon, We Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Twin Peaks, How To Be a Latin Lover and Molly’s Game. He equally lent his voice in Sausage Party and The Legi Batman Movie during such time.
He reprised his role in Arrested Development from 2018-19 and also featured in one episode of The Shivering Truth, as well as Weird City. More so, he had roles in movies, Tyrel, Spivak, and Gloria Bell, all in 2018. Then in 2020, he appeared as Sal Viscuso in TV series, Medical Police, and is set to be cast in a voice role in the upcoming animated film, Blazing Samurai.
Michael has additionally garnered critical success and audience popularity with his recent performances in stage productions. He debuted on stage with This Is Our Youth in 2012 at Sydney Opera House and in 2018, he portrayed the character, Jeff in Lobby Hero which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. He followed it up with another role in the theatre production of Waverly Gallery in the same 2018.
A Look At Michael Cera’s Award Wins And Financial Value
Even though his annual income has not been verified, it is safe to assume that the comic actor has amassed an impressive fortune to himself. He is presently estimated to worth about $20 million. His total net worth is not surprising considering several of his movies have been box office hits such as The Lego Batman Movie, which made a box office return of $312 million. Besides that, due to the fact that he started amassing wealth at a very young age, he has made quite a fortune.
Apart from being an actor, Michael Cera has also built a career in music. He has so far released an album to his name and he is attached to a group called The Long Goodbye. Over time, the talented actor has whetted his skills in music; he has worked as a songwriter and has been featured by other artists/bands such as the American Rock band, Weezer on their song – ‘Hang On’ and Alden Penner on ‘Meditate’. He has an album, ‘True That’, which was released in 2014.
In addition to accumulating millions of dollars from his works in the entertainment industry, Michael Cera has equally won many awards in the course of his career. In 2004, he received Future Classic Award for his role in Arrested Development which equally landed him a Gold Derby TV Award in 2006. His outstanding performance in Superbad and Juno won him a handful of awards including Film Austin Critics Association Awards, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Canadian Comedy Award and Online Film & Television Association Award.
Additionally, in 2010, Cera received a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
The Juno Star Exchanged Vows With His Girlfriend, Nadine In A Secret Wedding
The talented Canadian actor is already off the market. He was seen in New York wearing a wedding band in January 2017. It was later learned that he had gotten married to his beautiful girlfriend, Nadine in a secret wedding and It’s still uncertain when and where the nuptials took place as the actor has remained tight-lipped over disclosing the details of his marital life.
Before he took many by surprise with his marriage, he successfully kept his love life far from the public scrutiny until his Scott Pilgrim Vs the World co-star, Audrey Plaza, revealed in 2016 that she had dated Michael Cera for about 18 months and the two nearly got wedded at Las Vegas.
Even though Michael and Nadine have kept their marriage on the low key, the two made a rare public appearance in 2018 when they attended the Tony Awards together.
What To Know About His Better Half
Michael Cera’s wife is a brunette beauty who came to the limelight following her marriage to the Hollywood actor. Little to no information is known about her at the moment. Nonetheless, it is known that she had a long term relationship with Cera prior to their marriage. In an interview with Jonah Hill in 2018, the Arrested Development actor revealed that being in a long term relationship with Nadine has impacted his life positively and boosted his self-confidence.
He further cited that Nadine’s unconditional love for him has enabled him to grow as a person. Apparently, Michael has found the love of his life and we wish them the best in their marital life.