Andrea “Brie” Shaffer was born in the early 1970s – specific date unknown – in Southern California, USA. She is an actress, writer, poet, fine artist, and screenwriter, but probably best known for being the wife of actor Michael Pena. Her husband has had starring or supporting roles in numerous high profile films, including “Ant-Man” and its sequel “Ant-Man and the Wasp”.
The Riches of Brie Shaffer
Brie Shaffer’s net worth is estimated at close to $2.5 million, mostly income from her writing work. She probably benefits from the wealth and success of her husband too, as Michael has a net worth estimated to be over $12 million.
Life and Career
At a young age, Brie became very interested in both writing and acting. She wanted to become involved in both the production process of films, as well as being a star actress. During her time in college, she created three student films in which she was credited as a director.
However, after school, she never really had any significant opportunities, although she was provisionally cast in a regular role for a potential series with Fox, working on the pilot, but it was never picked up.
Following her marriage to Pena, she has remainned mostly in the background, supporting his husband while raising a family. She works as a writer, though most of her work has not been revealed to the public.
Shaffer married Michael Pena in 2006 and they had a child two years later. They remain together, but in recent years she has remained mostly in the background, taking few acting roles, concentrating on supporting her husband’s career while raising a family. She still works as a writer, though most of her efforts haven’t been revealed to the public.
Her husband is a member of Scientology, and has been since before they started dating, but it’s not known if they share the same beliefs. The religion dates back to 1952, with founder L Ron Hubbard basing the religion’s teachings from his work called “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health”. The religion has met a strong amount of controversy and opposition since its creation.
Husband – Michael Pena
Michael Pena was born on 13 January 1976, in Chicago, Illinois USA, where he was raised by his father who worked in a factory, and mother who was a social worker.
His parents were originally farmers in Mexico, but moved to the US to look for greener pastures.
He attended Marist High School located in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood – originally an all-male school before switching to co-ed – but completed his education at Hubbard High School, which is named after fur trader Gurdon Salton Stall Hubbard. The school is known for its majority Hispanic student population.
In 1994, he began his acting career, working on independent projects for a decade before gaining prominence thanks to his performance in the film “Million Dollar Baby”. The film stars Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank, and tells the story of a boxing trainer who is haunted by his past; the film won four Academy Awards. He also gained a lot of attention for his emotional performance in “Crash”, which follows the racial and social tensions of people living in Los Angeles.
More work started coming his way, and he was cast in the television series “The Shield” starring Michael Chiklis.
The show follows the story of an experimental police unit created to combat violence, drugs, and prostitution. In 2006, he was given a starring role in “World Trade Center”, which was based on the September 11 attacks. He also worked on the Oscar-nominated film “Babel”.
Michael Pena’s Recent Projects
In 2007, Pena starred in the film “Walkout”, playing a teacher who becomes the inspiration for his students to fight for their rights.
He also appeared in “Shooter” alongside Mark Wahlberg, and played a mall security guard in “Observe and Report”, starring alongside Seth Rogen. In 2012, he was cast with Jake Gyllenhaal in “End of Watch”, which follows the professional and personal lives of two Los Angeles police officers.
He also starred in “Cesar Chavez” as the titular character, following the story of the man who founded United Farm Workers.
Two years later, he appeared in an all-star cast in the World War II film “Fury”, with Brad Pitt, Jon Bernthal, Logan Lerman, and Shia LeBeouf. In 2015, he appeared in a supporting role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Ant-Man”, which was based on the comic book character of the same name, and starred Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. The film received positive reviews, and was praised for its smaller scale stakes compared to other Marvel films of recent years. He subsequently reprised his role in “Ant-Man and The Wasp”. One of his latest projects is “A Wrinkle in Time”, playing the character Red or The IT.