Steffiana De La Cruz is a well-known name in Hollywood. She is an actress of Filipino descent who came to prominence for her role in the 2011 movie Zookeeper, after having starred in a commercially successful movie, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, in 2009. She took to acting in the late 90s, and thus far, she has built an impressive resume. Although Steffiana may be quite famous as an actress, she is even more popular as the better half of celebrated comedian and actor Kevin James.
Unlike Cruz, who is just an actress, her husband has garnered incredible fame and fortune from his diverse works in the entertainment industry. As a result, the screenwriter, director, producer, and voice actor is regarded as an overachiever when compared to his wife’s successes in her chosen career.
Steffiana De La Cruz Began Her Acting Career in 1997
It was in 1997 that Steffiana De La Cruz began her acting career with a minor role in the TV series, Die Gang. Two years later, she landed a role in Pacific Blue, portraying Amanda in the crime drama series. She then appeared as Party Girl in the film, Cement, and equally scored a role in the Christian drama TV film, Something to Sing About, in 2000. Also, the former model featured as Blue-Eyed Girl in the 2001 movie, Soul Keeper, and played the role of Bar Patron in Redemption, the next year.
2002 saw Steffiana play the role of Loach’s Girlfriend in Stealing Harvard before moving on to prove her mettle as a protean actress in The King of Queens, which marked her first collaboration with Kevin James. She was cast in different seasons in the hit CBS series that had a huge amount of viewers at the time. She also played diverse roles through the series from 2002-2006. For instance, in season 4, she first appeared as a Masseuse in the episode, Eddie Money. Later in season 6, Steffiana took up the role of Tina in an episode titled Damned Yanky and further appeared as Sue in an episode of Blacklist.
Kevin James' wife, Steffiana De La Cruz appeared in 4 episodes as 4 different characters over the 9-year run of the KOQ pic.twitter.com/xS49k6ag
— The King of Queens (@TheKOQ) August 17, 2012
She then scored her final role in season 9 as Sienna in the episode, Trade Affair. Afterward, she appeared with her husband in the 2011 film Zookeeper, which made her a household name in the industry. After appearing in a dual role in two episodes of the CBS sitcom, Kevin Can Wait, from 2017-2018, Steffiana De La Cruz is yet to grab another major acting gig. Since the inception of her career, the actress has gained over eleven acting credits to her name. Interestingly, she has starred alongside her better half, Kevin James, in most of her movie projects.
She And Kevin James Have Co-starred in Several Hit Movies
While it is no news that Steffiana and Kevin are Hollywood iconic couple, it is also not surprising to hear about their collaboration on various movie projects. Aside from working together on The King of Queens and Kevin Can Wait, the budding actress has starred in a good number of commercially successful movies that also featured Kevin James. She landed a role in Paul Blart: Mall Cop in 2009, appearing as a shopper with kids, and later in 2015, she played Kira in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.
Interestingly, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and its sequel had massive theatrical performances. The first installment grossed over $183 million on a budget of $26 million while the second earned more than $100 million on a budget of $30-40 million. Similarly, Zookeeper, which announced Steffiana’s amazing acting talent to the world, garnered over $169 million at the box office on a budget of $80 million. With their tally of box office hit credits increasing with each passing year, the lovely couple is gradually building up themselves as bankable stars in Hollywood.
Steffiana or Kevin James, Who Makes More Money?
Unlike Steffiana De La Cruz, her husband, Kevin James, has carved a niche for himself in different career fields. After establishing himself as a comedian, he took to acting in the year 1996, by appearing in the sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond. Afterward, he became a TV star through his portrayal of Doug Heffernan in the CBS sitcom, The King of Queens, from 1988 to 2007, and also served as one of the show’s executive producers.
He earned a fat paycheck for his role in The King of Queens; in the middle of the season, he was earning about $300,000 per episode. However, in the final episodes, the actor earned as much as $400,000 per episode. He currently earns a percentage of the hit series’ backend profit due to his role as an executive producer and has so far accrued at least $50 million from the show’s syndication deals.
After making his film debut in the 2005 romantic comedy film, Hitch, James went on to star in numerous movies and TV series. They include I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), Grown Ups (2010), Here Comes the Boom (2012), Hotel Transylvania franchise (2012-present), Sandy Wexler (2017), and Becky (2020). In the course of his career, the famed comedian has starred in more than 30 films and TV series and has won one award – NRJ Ciné Award from multiple award nominations he has gained in his acting career that has spanned over two decades.
Through his successful efforts as a comedian, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor, Steffiana De La Cruz’s husband has accumulated a jaw-dropping net worth of $100 million. Steffiana, on the other hand, has not done badly either as she has equally earned a substantial amount of money in her career. From her endeavors as an actress, who has starred in several box office hit movies, Steffiana De La Cruz has amassed a net worth of $5 million.
Judging by their financial standing, Kevin James has encountered huge financial success in his plethora of careers more than his significant other, Steffiana, who has impressively established a thriving acting career.
How Steffiana Met And Married Kevin James
Following her break up with the late actor, Chris Penn, whom she dated from 1993 to 1999, Steffiana De La Cruz stayed single for a while until 2001 when a mutual friend, who was Kevin James’ decorator, arranged a blind date between the two. The pair seemed to get along easily as Steffiana and Kevin James moved in together barely three months after they met.
In the following year, the actress joined her future husband on the set of The King of Queens, where their love blossomed. The lovebirds eventually took their relationship to the next level by announcing their engagement in 2003. A year after their engagement, James and Steffiana exchanged marital vows on the 19th of June, 2004. The ceremony was held at St. Edward Catholic Church in Dana Point, California, with a reception at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, which had over a hundred guests in attendance.
The Couple Has Four Adorable Children
For a union that has lasted for over a decade and still counting, the couple has four children, a son and three daughters. Their first child, a daughter named Sienna-Marie James, was born in September 2005. Two years later, they had their second child, Shea Joelle, born in June 2007.
In 2011, their son, Kannon Valentine James, was born, and four years later, in 2015, Sistine Sabella James joined the family. Just like their parents, who are both into the entertainment industry, Steffiana De La Cruz and James’ children are indifferent. They have been featured severally on their father’s show. Despite being married for over a decade and counting, this gorgeous couple are still head over heels in love and often show support for each other in their respective careers.