What Is Dewanda Wise’s Net Worth & How Did She Become Famous?

Actress DeWanda Wise has been acting for about 15 years, but she’s now on her way to superstardom. The East Coast native has built up an impressive resume throughout her time in Hollywood and shows no sign of slowing down. Her new film, Someone Great, is headed to Netflix, and she has a lot more in the works. Here’s what you need to know about her, including how she became famous and her estimated net worth.

DeWanda Wise
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Who is DeWanda Wise?

Wise got her start in the biz the same way that many others do: After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of Arts (which she attended at the same time as Someone Great co-star Gina Rodriguez), she began to appear in short films and guest spots on procedurals like Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Wise also had a recurring role the series Underground, which starred her husband, Alano Miller.

This is the role that made her a star

Though she had an uncredited role in Precious in 2009, it wasn’t until she landed the starring role of Nola Darling in 2017 that Wise began to attract major attention. The Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It, is a modern adaptation of Spike Lee’s ‘80s film of the same name, and the Oscar-winning director is at the helm of the show.

Wise’s performance has been universally praised. The 10-episode first season began airing in full in 2017 and was quickly renewed for a second season, premiering on May 24, 2019.

She was supposed to be in this major film

Wise’s breakout role in She’s Gotta Have It earned her a lot of attention, but not nearly as much as this role would have. In Jan. 2018, she was cast as Maria Rambeau in the MCU flick Captain Marvel. Wise even attended the premiere of Black Panther in Feb. 2018.

Of course, as those who have seen the film know, Lashana Lynch ended up portraying Carol Danvers’ best friend instead. Wise exited the project just two months after the announcement, as the production conflicted with filming for She’s Gotta Have It Season 2.

Her upcoming roles

Right now, Wise is promoting another Netflix project: The film Someone Great, also starring Rodriguez and Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect). This comes just one month before She’s Gotta Have It Season 2, so this is a very busy time for Wise.

And there’s even more going on in her life this spring. Wise is attending Tribeca Film Festival with her film The Weekend, which first premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. Additionally, she’ll appear in an upcoming episode of the anthology series reboot The Twilight Zone.

How much is Wise worth?

It’s unknown exactly how much Wise is worth. One source, ArticleBio, claims that she makes somewhere between $85k-$150k per episode of She’s Gotta Have It. Another site, Trending Celebs Now, puts her estimated net worth anywhere between $100k and $1m, which doesn’t help narrow things down a lot. Whatever the case, the actress is likely doing very well for herself.

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