While she may not always be in front of the camera as much as her husband, Peter Dinklage’s wife Erica Schmidt is a glamour lady in her own right who prefers to work behind the scenes. Together, Peter Dinklage and his wife are among a handful of couples who excel in the film industry.
While her Emmy Award-winning husband continues to shine for the several popular shows he has starred in, Erica gets her share of the attention through her award-winning work as a playwright and theater director. She is known for her work on the New York show All the Fine Boys.
Almost as much as their careers have been followed, the facts that surround the couple’s relationship continues to pique the interest of many for obvious reasons.
Peter Dinklage and His Wife Met in 2002 and Eloped in 2005
Unlike most traditional unions, Peter Dinklage and Erica Schmidt began their marital journey on the run. In 2005, the lovebirds eloped to Las Vegas after having known each other for about three years. They were said to have met in 2002 but it is not clear when they began dating. By 2004, the pair got engaged and the following year, they decided to elope.
While the true reason for eloping remains a mystery, there are speculations that it was because Erica Schmidt’s family was opposed to their union. Her mind was however made up and she decided to make the bold move.
Over the years, the couple, who has a very obvious height difference, has continued to put in work and sacrifice to defend their union before a skeptical media that has continued to search for holes in their marriage. Dinklage and his wife would later move to New Paltz, New York to live away from the scrutiny.
The Actor’s Wife is an Actress, Playwright, and Director
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"Thank you Dave and Dan for changing my life, I cannot walk down the street anymore, but you are honestly the most talented, amazing people I know besides my wife. Erica, who I think I forgot to thank a couple years ago, so thank you Erica for putting up with me. I'm very temperamental. I love you very much.”
Erica stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches and weighs 59 kg while her husband Peter is only 4 feet 5 inches tall. Dinklage was born on the 11th of June, 1969, making him about six years older than Schmidt who was born on the 8th of June, 1975.
When Dinklage began his career as an actor, his wife was a costume designer with Julliard. Her first project in the theater was as a deck stage manager in the production of Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2000, she directed her first play, As You Like It before directing Spanish Girl (2001).
Her big break came the following year when she directed Debbie Does Dallas. Although she has gone on to appear in several movies, one of which includes Miles From Nowhere, Erica pitched her tent in directing. A recipient of the 2001 Princess Grace Award in Theater Direction, Peter’s wife has directed multiple Off-Broadway productions. As a writer, she has an upcoming project titled Cyrano. Directed by Joe Wright, the film has her husband as part of its casts, alongside Haley Bennett, Ben Mendelsohn, Brian Tyree Henry, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.
The beginning of her career has been traced to her time in Vassar College when she joined a comedy group known as The Laughing Stock. Schmidt would move to Brooklyn after she graduated and thereafter, began working as a costume designer for Julliard. There, her passion for performing arts was rekindled, so she decided to pursue a career as an actress.
The Couple Are Very Protective of their Two Kids
As far as specifics go, Peter Dinklage and wife have been married since April 16, 2005. Within that time, there has not been any publicized case of a dispute leading to either partner filing for divorce or at least spending time away from each other. If their public body language is anything to go by, their marriage has been a happy one.
Their union has produced two children; a daughter born in 2011 and another child, whose gender is not known, born in 2017. So far, the notoriously secretive parents haven’t done much to reveal the names of their children and have gone to lengths to protect the identity of their second child. Although it has been reported in some quarters that his daughter’s name is Zelig, both parents have publicly denied having any child who goes by that name.
Although Peter Dinklage and wife have kept their children’s identity away from the public, their love life has been a center of focus lately, especially as they are either seen cuddling or affectionately holding hands in red carpet events. More so, Peter never stops verbalizing his love for Erica Schmidt. On several occasions, including the 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony, he thanked her for putting up with him, and with eyes fastened on Schmidt he voiced the magic phrase, “I Love You”.
Shared Passion for Performing Arts and Avoiding the Limelight has Helped Their Union
Peter and his wife have been married for a decade and a half. In the many years that they have been married, they have made it a point of duty to keep away from the glitz and glam of the entertainment industry. This has helped them in no small manner to nurture their relationship as they have not created the room for the lavish lifestyle of Hollywood to interfere in their marriage just as they do not seek outside validation.
Their shared passion for the performing arts is also a factor that keeps the fire burning between them. While Peter Dinklage is the most popular among the two, he thinks highly of Erica Schmidt because of her love for theatre. The actor once expressed enthusiastically that theatre is sacred to his wife unlike a lot of people in the profession who have their eyes set on film as the ultimate goal.
Above all things, it is obvious that Peter and Erica are genuinely in love. We can all agree that that’s all that matters.
Peter Dinklage Was Born With Achondroplasia
The actor grew up as the only dwarf in his family. From what we gathered, he was born with a genetic disorder known as achondroplasia. The condition’s primary feature is dwarfism and those with it have shorth arms and legs with torsos that are of normal length. It does not affect intelligence and is the most common cause of dwarfism. Achondroplasia occurs once in 15,000 to 40,000 newborns.
Peter Dinklage admitted that his condition used to make him think in negative terms when he was younger. This changed as he grew older and he has suggested that having kids made the difference.
The Condition Made Him Struggle to Establish His Career
When the actor kicked off his career in performing arts, he got stage works and low-budget films. He was talented and skilled for bigger roles but it was hard for him landing one because he had a principle to not take on any stereotypical portrayal of dwarves. It is said that he made it clear that he wouldn’t play an elf or a leprechaun.
His refusal to take on any stereotypical portrayal of dwarfism paid off as Tom McCarthy wrote the Finbar McBride character in The Station for Peter bearing that in mind. The 2003 comedy-drama film became Dinklage’s breakthrough and the rest is history.