Steffiana Anna Marie Zantua was born in New York City, USA on 28 August 1974, so under the zodiac sign of Virgo, but holding both Filipino and American nationality. She is best known for her acting career, as well as for the fact that she is comedian Kevin James’s wife.
Both of Steffiana’s parents were born in the Philippines, but migrated to the US before she was born. There is not much known about her early life or her parents, as she doesn’t talk about her personal life; she grew up wanting to be a model, which she achieved later on in life, before she began working in the film industry.
Steffiana began modelling for numerous brands, and soon began appearing on TV screens – her first roles were only minor, but they helped her gain some recognition and win new roles. Her debut acting appearance was in “Die Gang” TV crime drama series in 1997, in which she played a role of a masseur girl, after which she went on to appear in one episode of each of four seasons of “The King of Queens” CBS series, which was very popular at that time. Steffiana’s roles wouldn’t have been enough for her to gain the popularity she wanted and help her make a big career in this industry – the thing that helped her the most was her relationship in 2002 with the Hollywood actor and comedian Kevin James.
Even though a lot of doors opened to Steffiana after she began dating Kevin, she didn’t have as much time as before to focus on her acting career, due to obligations in her personal life. She continued to appear in small roles in both TV shows and movies while she also went to several Red Carpet events with her husband – some of the roles which she is known for include in the “Stealing Harvard” movie shot in 2002, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” in 2009, and “Zookeeper” in 2011.
Before her marriage to Kevin, Steffiana dated American actor Chris Penn from 1993 to 1999 – Chris died in 2006 from nonspecific cardiomyopathy (heart disease) and remained known for his roles in “Reservoir Dogs”, “Rush Hour” and “The Boys Club” movies. The couple lived together but never married.
Steffiana’s and Kevin story is the one you don’t hear every day – they met on a blind date in 2001 which was arranged by Kevin’s interior decorator. The two liked each other almost instantly, and it took them only three months to start living together – Kevin proposed in the fall of 2003 and they married on 19 June 2004 in St. Edward Catholic Church in Dana Point, California. They invited over 180 guests plus their families, and after the wedding ceremony continued the celebration at the Montage Rest in Laguna Beach.
Today, the couple has four kids together – their first daughter is Sienna Marie James, born on 30 September 2005, and their second daughter Shea Joelle James on 14 June 2007 in LA. Their son Kannon Valentine James arrived on Easter Sunday 24 April 2011, and at the end of 2015, their third daughter Sistine Sabella James was born. As Kevin says, they are having a lot of fun but not as much sleep with their four kids – the couple used to live in a palatial mansion at Delray Beach in Florida which they bought for $18.5 million in 2012, but sold it for $26.4 million in 2016.
Married to Kevin, Steffiana is the sister-in law of Gary Valentine, a famous American actor, writer and producer.
Kevin was born Kevin George Knipfing in Long Island, New York USA on 26 April 1965 – he was interested in sports when he was younger, and competed as a wrestler while at Ward Melville High School and won the number one spot ahead of WWE wrestler Mick Foley – unfortunately for him, he had to end his season early as he suffered back injury. After he enrolled at the State University of New York at Cortland, he began playing halfback on the university’s football team when he was injured again, this time it so seriously that he had to give up his sporting dreams.
Kevin began building his career as a stand-up comedian in 1989, and was so good that he quickly became famous – he appeared in numerous talk shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Dennis Miller Live” while he was also a guest in “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee”. He still holds 89th place on Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Times list.
Other than his stand-up comedy work, Kevin is noted for appearing in numerous popular TV movies, such as “Hitch” in 2005, “Grown Ups” in 2010, “Grown Ups 2” in 2013, “Little Boy” in 2015 and “True Memoirs of an International Assassin” in 2016. He has been nominated for around 10 awards, but hasn’t managed to win any.
Appearance and Net Worth
Steffiana is currently 44 years old, has long brown hair, brown eyes, is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, weighs around 128lbs (58kgs), and her vital statistics are 32-24-34; she wears shoes size six.
According to authoritative sources, Steffiana’s net worth is estimated to be close to $5 million, while Kevin’s net worth is estimated to be over $80 million.
Social Media Presence
Unfortunately for all her fans, Steffiana does not have any social media accounts. The rumors say that this is due to the fact that she doesn’t want to make her husband jealous, while other rumors say that he forbids her to use these, which is unlikely to be true as everybody knows the actor to be positive and open-minded.
Even though Steffiana isn’t active on the internet, Kevin is, and has become quite popular since launching his Twitter account in October 2011, gathering nearly 400,000 followers and tweeting around 500 times, while his Instagram account is followed by almost 900,000 fans, and he’s posted about 180 times. He has his own website as well on which you can see his tours dates and places where he is going to perform, as well as the projects which he is currently working on.
‘You kind of loosen up with the second child a little bit, which is nice. The first child, I remember they just give it to you at the hospital, you’re supposed to put her in the car seat and drive home…I was 10 and two on the wheel in the right lane 30 miles an hour on the highway with the flashers going.’