|Real Name:||Mari Hakuta|
|Occupation:||Daughter of Ali Wong and Justin Hakuta|
Mari Hakuta is a well-known celebrity child in Hollywood thanks to the popularity of her mother Ali Wong. She is an American celebrity that made headlines thanks to her mother and father. Speaking of her father, Justin Hakuta, he is a Filipino-Japanese businessman, and vice president of GoodRx, a multimillion-dollar technology company.
And her mother is the American actress Ali Wong. How much do you know about their daughter? How about their relationship? Let’s find out.
Who Is Her Mother?
Born Alexandra Dawn Wong in April 1982, Ali Wong is an American comedian and actress. Comedy fans know her for the Netflix stand-up specials Baby Cobra, Hard Knock Wife, and Don Wong. But television fans recognize her for her appearance in American Housewife, Fresh out of the Boat, and Big Mouth.
In 2020, Time Magazine included her in the 100 most influential people.
Born in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California, Ali Wong was the youngest of four children. Her birth name is Alexandra Dawn Wong. She had a Vietnamese mother, Tam Tammy Wong, who relocated from Hue to work as a social worker in the US in 1960. Her Chinese father, Adolphus Wong, worked as an anesthesiologist for Kaiser Permanente for 30 years.
Ali graduated from San Francisco University High School in 2000 and then enrolled at UCLA. There, she majored in Asian-American studies and discovered her love for performing. During her time at UCLA, Wong was a member of the LCC Theatre Company, the oldest and largest Asian-American collegiate theater company.
Following her graduation from college, Ali tried stand-up comedy at the age of 23. Determined to pursue a comedy career, she moved to New York City and began performing. In 2011, Variety named Ali one of the 10 comics to watch, and soon after she appeared on The Tonight Show.
During this period, she was cast as a series regular in the comedy television series Are You There, Chelsea, and then appeared on Chelsea Lately.
Her first stand-up special was released on Mother’s Day in 2016, called Baby Cobra. She filmed it when she was seven months pregnant in 2015 with her first child.
Nowadays, most television fans recognize her as a writer on the television series Fresh off the Boat. She began working for the TV show in 2014.
In 2019, she continued her collaboration with Netflix, but this time in a different role. She starred as Randall Park in the Netflix movie Always Be My Maybe. She also worked as a writer for the movie.
In October 2019, she released her book Dear Girls Intimate Tales Untold Secrets and Advice for Living Your Best Life. Ali says it is sort of a life guide for her two daughters. They can read it when they are adults.
In February 2022, the American actress and comedian released her third Netflix special, Don Wong. It is the first one in which she is not visibly pregnant.
Married Life Of Mari’s Parents
As we said, Mari Hakuta’s parents are comedian Ali Wong and her former husband Justin Hakuta. They tied the knot in November 2014 in San Francisco, the United States of America.
The two met for the first time in 2010 during a wedding of a mutual friend. They have two children together, their older daughter Mari Hakuta and their younger daughter Nikki Hakuta.
Hakuta is the vice president of products at healthcare company GoodRx and the son of inventor Ken Hakuta.
In April 2022, after eight years of marriage, they announced they had filed for a divorce. But despite the divorce, the two stated that “it’s amicable, and they will continue to co-parent lovingly”.
Fun fact: when Ali met her future husband, he was still a student at Harvard Business School. They clicked when they met at a wedding reception of a mutual friend and got married four years later.
Their first daughter, Mari, was born one year later, and their second daughter, Nikki Hakuta, was born in 2017.
The news of their divorce came two months after Ali released her third comedy special. In that special, she joked about having a midlife crisis and wanting to cheat on her husband.
During the Don Wong special, she admitted, “Only other married people with kids can emphasize with the deep envy people I feel towards you single people. You have no idea how liberated you are. At 2 pm, you can eat an edible, then go to the aquarium and watch the jellyfish swim back and forth”.
Ali continued, “You single people don’t know what it’s like to eat a cold quesadilla that your toddler threw on the floor, because it is easier to put it in your mouth than go to the trash, while you repeat to yourself over and over that child abuse is illegal”.
Ali also wrote about her marriage in her 2019 book, Dear Girls Intimate Tales. In that book, she revealed she signed a prenuptial agreement prior to the wedding to her husband.
The American comedian stated that because of that decision, she became “more motivated to make my own money because I signed a document specifically outlining how much I couldn’t rely on my husband”.
That prenuptial agreement scared the living daylights out of her. Being forced to sign it, according to Ali, was one of the best things that could have happened to her.
Now let’s talk a bit about Ali’s daughter, Mari Hakuta. She was born in the United States of America in 2015. As of February 2023, she is seven years of age.
The young girl is of Filipino-Japanese descent but also holds American citizenship. Her father is a business owner, and her mother is a stand-up comedian.
Mari is currently in preschool and has a younger sister, Nikki.
Mari was born on an undisclosed date in November 2015. Being a celebrity child, she doesn’t have a professional career.
Yes, some kids work from early on thanks to social media and the Internet. But Mari doesn’t have to do it.
As we said before, Mari Hakuta doesn’t have an estimated net worth. After all, she is just a child. On the other hand, her mother Ali Wong has an estimated net worth of $4.5 million. She earns money through her career as a writer and an actress.
Fun fact: her mother is now wealthier than her father. When they signed a prenup, things were different. But now, Ali is the wealthier parent. Mari’s father Justin Hakuta has a net worth of $1.2 million. His main source of income is his business.