If you are a fan of the famous “HBO” series Game of Thrones, then you are definitely familiar with Peter Dinklage, who portrays the character Tyrion Lannister.
Peter, who has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, has been acting in this role since 2011 bagging several accolades for his sterling performance.
Peter, who has grown in the industry within a very short time, has a beautiful wife, Erica Schmidt. Erica is also quite successful in her own field and does not ride in the success of her husband. Read on as we tell some of the untold truths about Erica Schmidt!
She was part of a comedy group
Eric Schmidt was born on 8th of June 1975 in LA California and is a daughter of a Native American family. She has kept her personal life very private, and therefore, there is no much information about her upbringing, parents, or siblings.
She attended Poughkeepsie College based in New York, and while there, she developed a love for acting. She, therefore, joined her school’s comedy group called “Laughing Stock” and was part of the weekend performances where they also competed with other groups.
She worked as a costume designer
After graduating from Poughkeepsie College, she moved to Williamsburg Brooklyn and worked at Julliard as a costume designer. Her stint at Julliard opened her mind to the various opportunities available in the theatre, and she got her niche, which is theatre and art.
It is her role as a deck stage manager at a church production that gave her the breakthrough that she really needed. This production was at the “St Mark Youth and Young Adult Theatre Ministries” in the creation of the play Jesus Christ Superstar.
This production was closely followed by her major venture in directing ‘As you like’ it in the year 2000.
In 2002, she directed one of her more famous and critically acclaimed production Spanish Girl. This production was the door opener for her in the entertainment industry because it not only gave her first big earning, but it also gave her the much-needed fame in the entertainment industry. It is at this point that her stars started rising.
This was followed closely in the next year by Debbie Does Dollar, which is said to be her first major critical hit. She also got her first acting role in a movie called Miles from Nowhere the same year.
She has perfected her art in theatre directing
It is interesting to note that Erica had no intention of being a director, and yet she has become very successful in a career that was not her first choice. She got involved in directing after unsuccessfully struggling to get acting roles. She lived with her friends, including her closest friend Lorenzo Pisani in New York where they were struggling to make ends meet. Life was quite difficult for them to a point where they were unable to pay rent. It is during that desperate moment that she came up with the idea of starting a production company. The idea was to have her friends act in movie roles as she does the directing and vice versa. After directing her friends, she realized she had a natural talent in directing.
This natural talent in directing theatre did not go unnoticed, and in 2001, she received the “Prince Grace” award for her outstanding work. This award motivated her to make great productions in her directorial role like in People be hard and Uncle Vanya in 2004 and 2008 respectively.
One of her most popular work is Humor Abuse, a 2009 production which ran from March to April at the “Manhattan Theatre Club.” Featuring one of her closest friends and working partner Lorenzo, this production is said to be one of the best ones of the last decade. Humor Abuse became so popular that it returned in theatres five times after the first production at the “Philadelphia Theatre Company” in 2009, at the “American Conservatory Theatre” in 2011, “Seattle Repertory Theatre” in 2010 and at the “Centre Theatre” in 2013. This production was so well received that it won her the “Lucille Lortel Award” in 2009 for an outstanding solo show.
Some of her other stellar productions include The Burnt Part Boys in 2009 and Invasion in 2005. She was also involved in the successful creation of A month in the County which featured her husband Peter, and Emmy nominated actress Taylor Schilling.
Other works that she has directed are All the Fine Boys in 2002, Cyrano in 2018, and Taking Care of Baby in 2013.
She also doubles up as an author and has written various plays, directed and even acted in them. Some of the productions that she has written include Debbie Does Balance and All the fine boys.
She Eloped to Los Vegas
Erica Schmidt met her husband Peter Dinklage in 2002. It is not known where and how the couple met because of the extremely private life that they have maintained throughout their relationship. They began dating, and in 2005 they got engaged. They got married five months later. An unconfirmed rumor has it that the couple eloped and got married in Las Vegas. They have never denied nor confirmed the story.
Erica has two children with her husband. They live such a private life to an extent where the sex of their second child is unknown to date. There is also no record of Erica being pregnant with her first child. When she got pregnant again, although they still did not make any announcement, the baby bump was visible when they walked the red carpet at the premiere of the New Group’s All the fine boys in March 2017. Their first daughter was also erroneously named “Zelig” in the media. In an interview with a TV station, Peter vehemently denied that name but did not give a correct name and acted surprised that the name was a fact in “Wikipedia.” When asked whether he wanted the name corrected, he said it was not important to them what the world thinks their child’s name is and left it at that. The children were born in 2001 and 2017, respectively.
Their decision to keep their lives private has made Erica stay away from all social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
The couple even moved to New Paltz in New York to live away from the scrutiny of people. Being very conspicuous because of their height difference could be one of the significant reasons that necessitated the moving. Erica stands at the height of 5 feet 5 inches and weighs 59kgs. Her husband Peter, on the other hand, is 4ft 5inches tall.
Her husband adores her
Even with the guarded private life that they have maintained of the years, this couple is not shy to show their love in public and are seen holding hands on the red carpet events.
Her husband has declared his love for her on many occasions, and one memorable one was during the “Emmy Awards” in 2018 where he thanked her for putting up with him and went on to declare to the world with his eyes on her, that he loved her.
Erica has also continued to receive a lot of support and admiration from her husband for choosing theatre over film, and he proudly says theatre is art and is sacred to Erica and describes it as the noblest type of art.
Although their photographs are rare, the few that are available online portray a happy couple that is living a happy life together.
Erica, who is very attractive and self-confident is very comfortable walking the red carpet with her husband hand in hand totally unbothered by the height difference and are often seen sharing private jokes as they pose for photographs.
She describes her husband Peter as exceptionally handsome, pleasant and with a sense of humor and goes on to say that although he is four foot five inches tall, he is the sexiest man she knows and is genuinely smitten by him even now, many years later since they first met.
It is admirable how Erica and her husband have jealously guarded and protected their private life despite having been very successful in their careers. Protecting their children from social media glare will ensure that their children do not lose their childhood since they will be able to go anywhere unnoticed.
They seem to be living a happy life while going about their businesses of acting and directing theatre plays and subsequently winning awards. They are living proof to the world that you do not have to conform to the typical Hollywood style where you parade your private life for the whole world and that you can achieve success and raise “normal” children separating your work life from your home life.
With so many productions to be directed and so many stories to be written, we are sure there is so much in store for this amazing lady, and we shall be waiting with bated breaths to see what she touches next as we wish her more awards.