Karsen Liotta is an aspiring model and actress, but who is better known for being the daughter of Ray Liotta, the star of the “Shades of Blue” series, launched by NBC.
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Early life and family
Karsen Liotta was born on 21 December 1998, in Los Angeles, California USA, so her zodiac sign is Sagittarius and she holds American nationality. Karsen is an only child, born into the family of professional and very famous actors, Ray Liotta and Michelle Grace. Her parents married in February 1997; they met at the baseball game of Michelle Grace’s ex-husband, Mark Grace, then starred together in the movie entitled “The Rat Pack” (1998), in which Ray landed the role of Frank Sinatra, and Michelle portrayed the character of Judith Campbell Exner.
Karsen’s parents eventually divorced in 2004, when she was six years old. Karsen shared that she still loved both of her parents, and didn’t blame either of them for their decision to split. From her early years Karsen was inspired by her parents’ careers, and also wanted to perform. She took dancing, singing and acting classes while at school, and enjoyed appearing at various events her parents took her to.
Mother, Michelle Grace
Karsen’s mother, Michelle, was born on 4 December 1968, in Chicago, Illinois USA. Even though she is famous for her acting career and producing activities, she became more widely known when she married popular baseball player, Mark Grace. Michelle divorced from the first baseman in 1996, but they remained friends, so Michelle still attended his matches and knew a lot about baseball.
After she met her second husband, Ray Liotta, she started her acting career, appearing in such movies as “The Rat Pack” (1998) and “A Rumor of Angels” (2000). Her awareness of the realities of the lives of baseball players helped her to become the executive producer of the TV program “Baseball Wives” (2002), and she was also the producer of such movies as “Narc” (2002), “Knights of the South Bronx” (2005) and “Take the Lead” (2006). She was also rumored to become the producer of Joe Carnahan’s movie “White Jazz”, the story about the head of the vice department and the criminal cases he investigated in ‘50s. However, the movie was never released.
As of 2020, Michelle works as the manager of her modelling daughter.
Treating his little princess: Ray Liotta was seen shopping with his daughter Karsen in Pacific
Father, Ray Liotta
Karsen’s father, Raymond Allen Liotta, was born on 18 December 1954, in Newark, New Jersey USA. His biological parents left him right after his birth, and Ray was adopted by Mary and Alfred Liotta when he was six months old. His parents owned several businesses, surviving the lives of immigrants into the US. Matriculating from Union High School and then graduating from the University of Miami with a BA in fine arts, Ray started his acting career appearing in such productions as “Dames at Sea”, “Cabaret”, “The Sound of Music”, etc. He began his television career by landing a minor role in the TV series “Hardhat and Legs”, and was later cast as Ray Sinclair in the movie “Something Wild” (1986), which brought him four nominations for various awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, and Ray won the Boston Society of Film Critics Award in the category “Best Supporting Actor”.
Among his other famous works are his appearances in “Narc” (2002), “The Devil’s in the Detail” (2012) and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (2014). He is also known for his roles in such TV series as “Smith” (2006 – 2007), “The Making of the Mob” (2015 – 2016) and “Shades of Blue” (2016 – 2018).
Karsen matriculated from her local high school in 2016, but at that moment she was already busy with her modelling activities, so she pursued her acting and modelling career and didn’t enroll at any college. She hasn’t shared any plans on her tertiary education.
At the age of 14 Karsen became highly interested in modelling for Brandy Melville, a US clothing brand for teenagers.
She applied, but had to wait for a year until she became 15, to be officially hired by the company. Since 2013 Karsen has signed multiple commercial contracts with clothing brands, cosmetic lines, etc. She worked for Brandy Melville until 2017, meantime in 2015 signing a contract with Ford Models agency, and appearing on various catwalks, as well as being featured in multiple fashion and beauty magazines. In June 2015 she gave an interview to Teen Vogue, stating her passion for modelling and acting. In June 2016 she walked for the Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel haute couture collections, and graced the cover of Vogue Japan’s issue in August 2017. Then she appeared in the pages of Flaunt Magazine in January 2018, and in May shot for Glamour Mexico. She can also be spotted on the Instagram profile of Chanel US Beauty Community, “We Love Coco”.
Karsen was into acting from her early years, as she learnt a lot from her father, who always encouraged her to follow her dreams and to become an actress: ‘He taught me to do my homework, to always practice. That’s how you get where you want to be’, Karsen shared in her interview to Teen Vogue in 2015. Even before becoming a model, she landed her first role in a movie when she was only two years old, playing the infant version of James in “A Rumor of Angels” (2000). Later she landed roles in several short films, thus she played Jenna in “Prettyface” (2016), sharing the screen with Annalise Basso and Patrick Schwarzenegger, the son of the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger; a teenage girl in “Trump’s America” (2017), and the young version of Emily in “A Rose for Emily” (2018). She also appeared as a supermodel in the series “Nobodies” in 2018, and can be seen in the episode “Alone Star State”.
At the end of 2018 she shared the screen with her father Ray, portraying the spirit of his character’s late daughter, Anna Kate Wozniak, in NBC’s series “Shades of Blue”. According to the plot of the show, Matt Wozniak lost his daughter after she committed suicide at the age of 19. After he got in severe trouble and was beaten, he saw the spirit of his daughter, who guided and helped him to get out of his difficulties. Karsen appeared in four episodes of the show, including “A Walking Shadow”, “Goodnight, Sweet Prince” and “By Virtue Fall”. Among Karsen’s latest works there is the short movie “The Dying Kind” (2019) and the upcoming comedy “Teenage Badass” (2020), in which Karsen landed the role of Tiffany.
Karsen is focused on her modelling and acting career, so she shares no details on her private life, keeping it low-key. No rumors of affairs, present or former, have ever popped up.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
- Karsen always chooses Chanel dresses when appearing on red carpets. Thus, she’s accompanied her father on Golden Globe Awards, SAG Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremonies, and many others.
- She enjoyed reading the book “Paris Versus New York” by Vahram Muratyan.
- Karsen likes watching ice-hockey matches.
- Her favorite music band is Flume; she also enjoys listening to Kanye West and GoldLink.
- Karsen feels embarrassed for some of her childhood pictures as her parents let her dress up on her own in the clothes of her choice, so she often looked funny.
- She cites the actor Ben Platt to be her inspiration; Karsen enjoyed his work in such movies as “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (2016) and “Drunk Parents” (2019).
Appearance, clothing style
Karsen has middle-length light brown hair and hazel eyes. She is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, and weighs around 125lbs (57kgs); her vital statistics are not available at the moment. As to her clothing style, she enjoys wearing haute couture dresses from Chanel and Armani, however, on a daily basis she wears casual style outfits: ‘I often wear Vans, a tank top, and a bathing suit, because during summer I’m usually at the beach!’, she shared in one of her interviews.
Net worth and salary
As of 2020, Karsen’s net worth is estimated by sources at close to $1 million, while her father, Ray Liotta, has accumulated a net worth of $14 million. However, Karsen is in demand as a model, and earns up to $10,000 per fashion show she walks in, so her wealth would seem sure to keep rising.