|Real Name:||Shea Joelle James|
|Birthday:||June 14, 2007|
|Occupation:||Daughter of Kevin James and Steffiana de la Cruz|
Shea Joelle James is the child of two people in the entertainment industry. Granted, her father Kevin James is the more popular Hollywood actor. But her mother Steffiana de la Cruz is an actress as well. Kevin and Steffiana had a unique date and relationship. But more on that later on.
Despite two decades of marriage, the couple keeps things low-key. The family rarely speaks about their children. Kevin doesn’t even speak about his wife that often.
American actor Kevin James debuted pictures of his daughter a month after her birth on Live with Regis and Kelly in July 2007. But since then, he is a bit secretive about her.
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Who Is Her Celebrity Father?
Born Kevin George Knipfing in April 1965, Kevin James is one of the most famous comedians in the United States of America. Better known by his stage name, the American actor and comedian has had some iconic roles. For example, many fans recognize him as Doug Heffernan from the sitcom The King of Queens, which ran from 1998 to 2007.
For that role, he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Some of his movie credits include Grown Ups, Zookeeper, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Hitch, and many more.
Born in Mineola, New York, he is the son of American office worker Janet and German-American insurance agency owner Joseph Valentine Knipfing Jr.
Kevin grew up in Stony Brook, New York. His family includes his brother Gary Valentine and sister Leslie. Kevin and his brother have appeared together in many movies and television shows.
Raised Catholic, James graduated from Ward Melville High School. Fun fact: during his high school years, he reached the top position on the wrestling team, one spot above future professional wrestler Mick Foley.
Yet, because of season-ending back surgery, Kevin had to fall back and Foley took over the first-string position. He would then go on to study at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he played halfback on the varsity football team. Sadly, another back injury ended his athletic ambitions.
In 1989, Kevin began doing stand-up comedy. At this period, he adopted the James stage surname, in honor of his favorite school teacher.
Over the course of his career, he has appeared on various talk shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, and many more.
When he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s, he became friends with Ray Romano. That is where fans got to see him first, as a guest star on the CBS sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond. His appearance in Ray’s sitcom led to the development of his own show, The King of Queens.
In the television series, he portrayed Doug Heffernan, a working-class parcel delivery man who is married to Carrie, played by Leah Remini. That show made him a star in Hollywood.
Since then, he has appeared in several movies, namely with his other good friend, Adam Sandler. The two appeared in the movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.
In 2016, he began a new sitcom, called Kevin Can Wait. It was renewed for a second season but canceled at the season’s end.
In February 2020, just as the Covid-19 pandemic was coming, James revived his YouTube channel. Launched back in 2017, the channel featured short films like James eagerly waiting for a green light.
Her Mother Is An Actress As Well
Shea Joelle James is a celebrity child of two entertainment stars. And while her father gets all the recognition, her mother is an actress as well.
Born in August 1974 in the United States of America, Steffiana De La Cruz is an actress, mainly known for Paul Blart: Mall Cop in 2009. She has also appeared in Zookeeper and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.
Steffiana and Kevin got married in June 2004. They have four children together. You can notice by her credits, she mostly appeared in movies and television shows where her husband is the leading star.
For example, she was also part of Kevin Can Wait and The King of Queens. If you didn’t know their love story, you might have thought they met on the set of a movie.
Her Parents’ Unique Date
Shea’s parents had a unique date and beginning of their relationship. They met as part of a blind date. Nowadays, blind dates and Tinder profiles might be what most people think of relationships.
But in the early 2000s and late 1990s, blind dates and online meetings were not as popular. The two got married in June 2004 and have four children together.
Now let’s talk about Kevin’s daughter Shea Joelle James. Her family is quite low-key when it comes to talking about family life and personal life.
Kevin often expresses his love for his lovely life, but he rarely speaks about his children. Yes, he showed pictures of Shea James just a month after she was born on television. But since then, he is mostly quiet about her.
Born in June 2007, she will be 16 years old as of August 2023. Shea is the second of four children in the family.
She grew up with her sister Sienna Marie James, born in September 2005, brother Kannon Valentine James born in April 2011, and sister Sistine Sabella James, born in January 2015.
There are no details about her educational background. We do not know where she went to school or whether she attends a university.
In one interview, her father revealed that his children were interested in animation and drawing.
Growing up in a family with huge ties in the entertainment industry, one might say it was destined for Shea James to be an actress. After all, her mother and father are part of the entertainment industry. Even her uncle Gary Valentine is an actor.
Shea Joelle James made her acting debut in 2015, at the age of eight years old. She appeared in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 alongside her father, mother, and other famous actors.
She would then appear in the sci-fi action comedy Pixels, alongside Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, and Josh Gad.
She was also part of her father’s sitcom, Kevin Can Wait. Her latest appearance was in the comedy-horror movie Hubie Halloween, released in 2020. There, she appeared alongside Ray Liotta, Rob Schneider, and even Shaquille O’Neal.
Is She On Social Media?
Shea is not much interested in social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. While she is getting acclimated to the entertainment industry, she still tries to keep her personal life private. The young actress doesn’t have a profile on any social media platform.
On the other hand, her father has 1.8 million followers on Instagram.
If Shea becomes half as successful as Kevin, she can enjoy a wealthy life. She is still beginning her acting career, and we do not know how much she earned for her appearances so far.
But we do know her father has a net worth of more than $100 million. According to some sources, Kevin James earned $50 million from King of Queens in backend and residual earnings.