Jay Ellis is a former model film actor, known for his role as Lawrence Walker in the HBO series “Insecure”, which he won with the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
The Suma Cum Laude graduate of Portland’s Concordia University, who was president of the student body during his school days, is also a philanthropist and entrepreneur. Read more about his marital status, sexual orientation, and asset.
Jay Ellis was born Wendell Ramone Ellis Jr. in Sumter, South Carolina on December 27, 1981, the only child of his parents. His father, Wendell Ellis Sr., a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and mother, Paula Ellis, a chief financial officer, also worked with the Federal Consumer Advisory Council.
Due to his father’s work and frequent resettlement, Ellis attended 12 schools in 13 years. He spent most of his childhood traveling inside and outside the United States, living in countries such as the Philippines and Germany before attending Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.
When he was growing up, Ellis had hoped to become a professional basketball player. In college, he played for his school team and was a very popular figure among his colleagues. He was also very smart because he received very good grades, which was not surprising when he was elected president of the student body.
Ellis had a short internship with the Portland Trailblazers basketball team. He worked in the public relations department. He also joined the AmeriCorps to provide care and resources to underprivileged Portland students.
After graduating from Suma Cum Laude, Ellis began modeling. He worked for companies such as Nike, Adidas, and Columbia Sportswear and was involved in advertising campaigns for Air Jordan, The Gap, and Abercrombie & Fitch.
In 2004, he decided to pursue an acting career and moved to Los Angeles. A year later he made his professional acting debut and continued to appear in a number of series including Invasion, Grace and Frankie, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS and Grey’s Anatomy. His big breakthrough came in 2013 when he took part in the BET series with the title “The Game”.
In 2015, he was hired as Lawrence Walker for Insecure, which turned out to be his groundbreaking role alongside the main character Issa Rae. The polarizing role was a hit throughout the United States, but not quite so in his household. It is reported that Ellis’ mother no longer sees the show because she cannot bear to see her son’s ass.
Jay Ellis Wife, Girlfriend
Jay Ellis is currently with the Serbian model Nina Senicar. The couple, who allegedly began dating in 2015, has been seen together exhibiting their love for each other on the red carpet and at other industry events at multiple occasions.
It is not clear whether Ellis and Senicar have exchanged vows, as they like to retain the details of their relationship with themselves. Ellis has publicly said that he values privacy and respect for himself and his girlfriend, so he wants to keep personal things personal.
Gay Or Straight?
Jay Ellis has had to answer questions about his sexual orientation in the past with unfounded rumors that suggest the hot-looking actor might be gay. This is definitely wrong.
Before the date with model Nina Senicar, Ellis was in a relationship with Brittany Daniel. If a story of relationships with women isn’t convincing enough, Ellis himself has publicly denied being gay. His on-screen activities on “Insecure” should also take a little longer to prove otherwise, even if you could argue that he’s just a good actor.
Another possible misunderstanding that he’s gay is that he once said that his favorite drink is Mount Gay XO.
Jay Ellis is estimated to be worth $3 million net. This was calculated from the salary he received from the first TV series “The Game” and then from the award-winning role of Lawrence Walker, a main character in the HBO hit series “Insecure”. Add this to his other work as a model, which is also very lucrative.
Ellis’s net worth rises very sharply thanks to his polarizing character in the show, which had a few steaming scenes that tend to become viral. He will certainly be one of Hollywood’s best actors in the years to come.
How Tall Is He? Other Facts
Birth Name: Wendell Ramone Ellis Jr.
Date of Birth: Sumter, South Carolina
Place of Birth: December 27, 1981
Height: 6 feet 2 inches (1.89 m)
Occupation: Actor, Model
Net Worth: $3 million