Carin van der Donk has made a name for herself as a model and photographer, the same way her famous husband Vincent D'Onofrio has been a Hollywood staple through the years. Here's everything you need to know about the beautiful Dutch personality.
Just like her famous husband Vincent D'Onofrio has been an actor for decades, van der Donk has also pursued a passion for the arts. When she's not busy working on her career, she is a doting wife and mother to their two sons and her stepdaughter.
After starting on Broadway, D'Onofrio eventually transitioned to becoming a film actor with roles in "Full Metal Jacket," "The Cell," "Jurassic World," and many more. He was also thrust into stardom after landing roles on the hit TV shows "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "Daredevil."
Vincent D'Onofrio during "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" 100th Episode at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City, New York, United States. | Source: Getty Images
WHO IS CARIN VAN DER DONK?
Born in the Netherlands, van der Donk migrated to New York to live and pursue a career in the arts. She's a self-taught photographer who enjoys focusing on real-life events when she shoots.
Her work shows her subjects during turbulent, fleeting times in their lives or their world of thoughts. Since 2016, she's focused her work on political activism, echoing her commitment to it.
Aside from being a photographer, van der Donk was once an international fashion model. She began modeling at 15 and has since modeled for well-known photographers like Kurt Markus, Jean-Loup Sieff, and Richard Scavullo.
D'Onofrio's wife comes from a family of talented artists, as her sister Marjan also works in the art world. She is a local artist, once having one of her pieces hanging at the Rijks Museum to celebrate Rembrandt.
CARIN VAN DER DONK AND VINCENT D'ONOFRIO'S RELATIONSHIP
Despite being married for decades, little is known about van der Donk and D'Onofrio's relationship. They married in 1997 and shared two sons named Luca and Elliot, whom they welcomed in 2008 and 2001, respectively.
Aside from Luca and Elliot, D'Onofrio also has a daughter named Leila George from a previous relationship with actress Greta Scacchi in the early 1990s.
Like any other Hollywood couple, van der Donk and D'Onofrio haven't been spared from rumors of separation through the years. In fact, after realizing that his wife would come across articles online about their alleged breakup, the actor decided to set the record straight once and for all in 2012, saying:
"I’m married to my wife almost 16 years now. I just wish they would get it right."
The couple proudly focuses on their children, not letting the noise of Hollywood affect them and their family life. They are a tight-knit family that shares the same lifestyle, particularly that of being vegetarian.
While van der Dork and her two sons are exclusively vegetarian, D'Onofrio admitted that he'd sometimes sneak a steak into his diet despite eating plants and healthy food most of the time.
Ultimately, D'Onofrio disclosed that at the end of the day, it was his family's happiness and wellness that brought him the most joy, so he is most definitely willing to do anything for that to stay constant.
During an interview, D'Onofrio shared that he is fulfilled seeing his children happy. His daughter, Leila George, is an actress who enjoys what she does, while her son Luca is starting to find his way as a teenager. Likewise, he shared that his eldest son is a unique person finding his happiness.
WHO IS CAREN VAN DER DONK'S HUSBAND?
Born on June 30, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York, D'Onofrio spent most of his life in New York City. After graduating from high school, he and his best friend drove across the US to live in Boulder, Colorado, where he discovered his love for acting.
While living in Boulder, he discovered the community theater circuit, which eventually inspired his move back to his native New York. He didn't know he wanted to pursue a Hollywood career then, but he was sure he wanted to work in the arts.
After working on Broadway, D'Onofrio's film career began with Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket." For his role, D'Onofrio had to gain 75 pounds and shave his head, which he admitted was a difficult time in his career. He shared:
"People treat you differently when you're fat. In restaurants, waiters were always condescending."
Eventually, this role would lead to a streak of other film and TV roles through the years. By the early 2000s, D'Onofrio was a star on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," which made him a household name for decades.
He had worked so hard at the time that he had to be treated for exhaustion after fainting twice a month. After being treated at the hospital, it took him another week before he could return to work.
VINCENT D'ONOFRIO'S DAUGHTER WAS MARRIED TO SEAN PENN
Although van der Donk and D'Onofrio have been happily married for over two decades, he was once the center of controversy in the early 1990s during his relationship with actress Greta Scacchi. He allegedly left the actress shortly after she gave birth to their daughter Leila George in 1992.
At the time, Scacchi was left devastated. She admitted she couldn't work for four years because of the heartbreak, despite her career taking off at the time.
Eventually, their daughter Leila George followed in their footsteps. She became an actress, allowing her to meet influential people in the industry, including veteran actor Sean Penn.
Penn, who dated high-profile celebrities like Madonna and Charlize Theron, first made a public appearance with George in 2016. They eventually married in a "COVID wedding" in 2020, hoping to immortalize their love story.
Their wedding was officiated through a video call, where the only witnesses were Penn's children and one of George's brothers. Unfortunately, a year after the wedding, Penn and George decided to call it quits and filed for divorce.
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