logo
Getty Images
Getty Images

Who Is Bokeem Woodbine’s Wife? Meet the ‘Halo’ Star’s Spouse Who Supports Him in His Career

Edduin Carvajal
Apr 19, 2022
04:20 P.M.

Bokeem Woodbine's fame skyrocketed with his appearances in "Fargo" and "Halo," but he would have quit his acting career many years ago if it wasn't for his wife.

Advertisement

Born in April 1973, Bokeem Woodbine's on-screen credits go back to 1993, when he booked the lead role in Forest Whitaker's directorial debut, "Strapped."

Woodbine actively pursued an acting career after leaving New York for Los Angeles. He appeared in "Ray," "Saving Grace," "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and "Unsolved," but he is best known for his outstanding portrayal of Mike Milligan in "Fargo."

Bokeem Woodbine and his wife, Mahiely Woodbine, on August 1, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Bokeem Woodbine and his wife, Mahiely Woodbine, on August 1, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

For Bokeem Woodbine, "Fargo" was a turning point. He confessed being part of the show felt like dreaming with his eyes open because he didn't see it coming, and it "knocked" him for a loop in "the best possible way."

The writing and dialogues were so good that it would have been easy to take advantage of them by just saying the words and not putting effort into expressing them, but Woodbine didn't do it.

Advertisement

If you're not careful, the words can do the work for you, explained Woodbine. So, he focused on putting the energy and time into being present while his character expressed himself.

Advertisement

Woodbine admitted to feeling sad when his time in "Fargo" ended. Still, it reminded him of something he had forgotten about the entertainment industry: being an actor comes with wonderful surprises.

Advertisement

One of those surprises was "Halo." Bokeem Woodbine, Pablo Schreiber, and Natascha McElhone joined forces to fight an alien threat known as the Covenant in the famous videogame's live-action TV series.

Woodbine loved playing the Spartan (a genetically engineered super-soldier) Soren-066 because he always wanted to work on a sci-fi project but never thought it would happen. Still, shooting scenes in the costume was complex.

Woodbine went through a "15-year slump."

Advertisement

The actor confessed he initially couldn't move, so he wore a weight vest for four or five hours a day for "several weeks" to get used to the extra pounds. Soren-066's backstory is also interesting, and showrunner Steven Kane pulled it from the "Halo: Evolutions" short story "Pariah."

In short, Soren is the only Spartan who escaped the augmentation program because he dislikes the initiative, especially since the organization (the UNSC) kidnaps children to put them through intense training and turn them into Spartans (if they survive).

Bokeem Woodbine and his wife, Mahiely Woodbine, in West Hollywood on September 15, 2010. | Source: Getty Images

Bokeem Woodbine and his wife, Mahiely Woodbine, in West Hollywood on September 15, 2010. | Source: Getty Images

Woodbine's career is outstanding, but achieving so much would have been much harder if it wasn't for his wife, Mahiely Woodbine. The actor explained that when he was "really down on [his] luck," Mahiely encouraged him to keep going.

Advertisement

He was living in a dangerous neighborhood of Venice, Los Angeles. While Woodbine considers himself a mentally strong person, he felt weak back then, and it was hard to cope with it.

The actor was frustrated that he didn't have enough money and couldn't even get an important job. Woodbine went through a "15-year slump" because the projects he worked on during that time were not exciting and didn't give him the "traction" he needed to evolve as an actor.

Eventually, Woodbine lost motivation. Mahiely never gave up on him and kept lifting his spirits. She told him that people would finally see and recognize him for who he was, and she was right.

Mahiely and Bokeem Woodbine married in 1999, and although they prefer to keep the details of their life away from the spotlight, we know they are raising a kid.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Related posts

Grandson Believes His Grandmother Left Him Just an Urn of Ashes, Until the Urn Breaks One Day — Story of the Day

May 02, 2024

Inside Richard Gere’s $44M Home He Lived in with ‘Law & Order’ Star Wife & Their Son

July 11, 2024

Huge Star Fell for Waitress with Facial Injuries – Years Later, She Stood by Him When Death Was Near

July 02, 2024

Gordon Thomson Came Out as Gay at 72, Reflecting on the Role of Good Looks

July 11, 2024

Jeff Bridges Fell for Waitress, Accepting Her with Facial Injuries — Years Later She Doesn’t Leave Him When Death Looms

May 29, 2024

This Man Is a Huge Movie Star – He Hid Illness Which Confined Him to Wheelchair, Changed His Speech & Look

April 23, 2024

Tim Curry Looks Changed after Stroke — In a Wheelchair, He Stays Positive Quietly Living in LA

April 28, 2024

This Actor Hid His Gay Affair for 35 Years: Here’s His Partner Who, at 93, Lives on the Actor’s Vineyard

May 04, 2024

4 Celebrities Whose Daily Lives Seem Like Those of Ordinary People – Stories

April 26, 2024

Gary Burghoff AKA Radar from ‘M*A*S*H’ Always Kept His Left Hand Out of View - Five Times We Could See It

May 24, 2024

5 Celebrities Who Faced the Death of Their Partners & How They Got through It

March 19, 2024

'General Hospital’ Star Abruptly Died at 37 — His Last Post Caused Strong Reaction among Fans

May 27, 2024

This 'Superhero' Boy Is a Great Singer's Son — He Faced Cancer at Only 3, So His Dad Gave up Fame to Be with Him 24/7

June 05, 2024

Am I Wrong for Kicking My Future Daughter-in-Law Out of My House after Her Demands?

May 01, 2024