Zinzi Evans is a very talented individual. She is a sign language expert and interpreter who has also worked as assistant director and producer for some very big production in Hollywood. Despite been married to one of America’s most prolific film director, producer, and screenwriter (Ryan Coogler), Zinzi is popular in her own right.
As the wife of the prolific screenwriter and director that her husband is, she has also assisted him with a number of his projects and because of this, he has received praises for works such as Creed and Black Panther which he got accolades and awards for.
Early Years and Career
Zinzi Evans was born on 18 April 1985. She grew up in Oakland, California where she was raised alongside her six siblings (5 girls and a boy). Zinzi grew up very active in sports and almost made a career out of it. In her early life, she was so much interested in sports and following it with vigor. She was into volleyball but her greatest strength was in cross-country racing. She also had dancing and music in general as some of her other hobbies. After high school, she proceeded to California State University, Fresno in 2003 where she studied Communicative Disorders and Deaf studies – Interpreting, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in 2008. Zinzi Evans went further to be certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and also National Interpreter Certification (NIC).
Besides her studies, it’s difficult to ascertain if any other thing informed her career choice but as is typical of Zinzi, she excelled at her chosen field. She took up work with the Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA) as an interpreter and employment specialist from July 2008 to November 2015.
It is uncertain if her relationship with her husband (then boyfriend) was what inspired her interest in the movie industry but Zinzi’s first work as an assistant producer and director was in the movie- Locks (2009) written and directed by her husband Ryan. She has integrated her career as a sign language interpreter into her role in the movie industry. She worked as a sign language consultant in movies like Creed (2015), Rampage (2018), and A Wrinkle in Time (2018).
After the release of Black Panther in 2018, Ryan gave a special thanks to Zinzi for all her behind the scene contributions to the success of the movie. While she might not be as successful as her husband in the movie industry, Zinzi has had the opportunity to learn from the best (her husband) and has shown lots of prospects.
Who are Zinzi Evans’ Parents?
Zinzi Evans was born to Zishan Evans (father) and Maria Evans (mother). Her parents are of different ethnicity; African-American and Filipino respectively. Zinzi’s parents raised their children in a close-knit family. They were all encouraged to pursue and actualize their individual hopes and dreams.
Relationship With Her Husband
Zinzi met her husband Ryan Coogler -who was also born and raised in Oakland- while in college. The pair dated throughout college until they finally tied the knot in a private ceremony in May 2016. Ryan has been very vocal about Zinzi’s commitment to him, his career, and their family. He revealed in a radio interview recently that Zinzi put scraps of money together while they were in college and got him his first screenplay writing software (Final Draft). The couple has attended various red carpet events together.
Zinzi Evans’ Net Worth
With the series of endeavors Zinzi has embarked on since she started off her career officially after college, it doesn’t come as a surprise that she is doing well for herself. Her net worth has been estimated to be about $4 million.
Other interesting facts about Ryan Coogler’s wife
She once worked with Apple on the pioneering phase of software training for their hearing impaired clients. The team praised her for her proactive attitude, skill-set, warm personality, strong communication, and follow-up skills which made the program a success.
Zinzi Evans is a year older than her husband according to records available. This little detail doesn’t appear to have made a difference to the couple who support one another and are very much in love.
She is slightly above the average height. She is said to be about 5 feet 6 inches (168cm) tall.