Who is Shauna Robertson?
Shauna Robertson was born in 1975, in Markham, Ontario, Canada, and is a producer, having worked on numerous films during her career as a producer, often collaborating with Judd Apatow. However, she is perhaps better known for being the wife of actor Edward Norton. Her husband has won numerous awards for his work in film, with some of his biggest hits including “Birdman”, “Fight Club”, “The Illusionist”, and “The Bourne Legacy”.
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The Riches of Shauna Robertson
As of early-2020, Shauna Robertson’s net worth is estimated to be over $35 million, earned through a successful career in film with many of her productions earning millions at the box office. She probably benefits from the success of her husband as well, as Norton has a net worth estimated to be over $80 million, and is one of the best-known actors in the world.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Shauna grew up in Markham, part of a very laid-back family. Due to her family’s attitude, she had to learn how to be organized, responsible and was even jokingly called a dictator by her mother due to how she always sought efficiency.
At the age of 16 she had a clear direction in her life, and so dropped out of high school to move to Los Angeles, as she wanted to participate in film productions.
She began by working as an assistant to producer and director Mike Binder, whom she met during a trip to a park in Canada. She helped him in the creation of the film “Indian Summer”, filmed in Camp Tamakwa, and featuring an ensemble cast such as Diane Lane, Bill Paxton, Matt Craven, and Alan Arkin. It also features an appearance by director Sam Raimi.
Continued Film Work
Robertson continued working with well-known directors and actors throughout the years.
She became acquainted with comedian Will Ferrell as the two worked together on the film “Elf”, which is considered one of the best Christmas films of all time. He was impressed by her skill and work ethic, leading him to bring her on to the set of “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” – the film was produced by Judd Apatow, and it would lead to a long-lasting friendship between the two. The film received positive reviews and is considered one of the best comedy films of all time.
In the 2000s, she continued to work on various Apatow productions including “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, which starred Steve Carrell playing the titular character, whose colleagues help him lose his virginity.
She also worked on “Knocked Up” which starred Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl, telling the story of a one-night stand which leads to an unintended pregnancy. The film was successful, and so afterwards they worked on “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express”; the latter is a stoner comedy film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, which follows the story of two stoners who witness a murder, and must escape from corrupt police officers. The film received positive reviews and was also successful at the box office.
Husband – Edward Norton
Edward Norton was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but his family later moved to Columbia, Maryland where his father worked as an environmental lawyer after previously serving during the Vietnam War.
His mother, on the other hand, worked as a teacher – he grew up with two siblings. He developed an interest in acting after seeing a musical version of “Cinderella”. He became fascinated by the cinematography of various films but it was theatre that inspired him to act.
As a child, he appeared in several professional productions such as “Annie Get Your Gun’. He attended Wilde Lake High School, and began immersing himself in acting, learning from some of his idols. After matriculating, he enrolled at Yale College taking up a degree in History and Japanese. After graduating, he briefly moved to Osaka, Japan where he worked for his grandfather’s company based there, and also learned aikido.
Wanting to pursue his dream, he then left the job after a few months and moved to New York City, where he took odd jobs while looking for acting work.
The Success of Edward Norton
After working on a few stage productions, Norton made his debut in the film “Primal Fear” which elevated him to stardom as he got an Academy Award nomination for his role. Not used to the status, he started to push away from becoming a celebrity, going about things normally. He continued with work, appearing in “American History X” as a reformed neo-Nazi, which got him another Academy Award nomination. In 1999, he starred in “Fight Club” alongside Brad Pitt and the film would gain a cult following over the years.
In the 2000s, he continued his venture as an actor, while also taking up work as a producer and director.
Some of his biggest acting projects of the time include “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “The Illusionist”, and “Moonrise Kingdom”. He also had many films successful at the box office, such as “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Red Dragon”. However, while he is known to be one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood, he is also known as a perfectionist to a fault. He has been known for changing scripts or final cuts of films if it isn’t to his liking. He has maintained both a negative and very positive view among many directors and producers, which he’s acknowledged.
Shauna began dating Edward in 2005 and the two stayed together for six years before becoming engaged. They married the following year and have a child together.
Before their relationship, Edward was in a discreet relationship with actress Courtney Love, whom she credits as one who helped her reconnect with her daughter. After their relationship, he dated actress Salma Hayek with whom he remains close friends. She has credited him for being helpful inny of their personal and professional endeavors.
Robertson has been praised by Judd Apatow and many of the actors she’s worked with as a woman who pushes the boundary of humor even farther than men, including nudity in her films, and taking the joke as far as it can go as seen in projects such as “Superbad”. Actor Jonah Hill even admitted that she had more perversity than any man he knows.