Leila George is an Australian/American actress known for appearing in movies and tv shows like Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, Mortal Engines, Kid, and as Young Janine “Smurf” Cody in the drama series Animal Kingdom.
Among audiences, she is most famous as the former wife of American actor, director, and screenwriter Sean Penn. The ex-couple tied the knot in 2020, separated within a year in 2021 and finalized the divorce in April 2022.
Also, George is the daughter of actor and producer Vincent D’Onofrio and actress Greta Scacchi. More on her personal and professional life, including age, husband, height, net worth, and more.
Early Life: Age, Father, Mother, Height
Leila George was born Leila George D’Onofrio on March 20, 1992, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. As of May 2022, she is 30-year-old and stands tall at 5′ 9″ (175 cm).
Her dad is American actor/filmmaker Vincent D’Onofrio. He is known for appearing in movies and tv shows such as Full Metal Jacket, Men in Black, Men in Black: The Series, Daredevil, Hawkeye, and others.
Similarly, her mother is an Italian-Australian Greta Scacchi. She is known for her appearances in White Mischief, Presumed Innocent, Looking for Alibrandi, etc.
George’s parents were never married but were in a relationship for about four years in the 1990s. As of now, Scacchi is in a relationship with her first cousin, Carlo Mantegazza, and the couple has a son together.
On the other hand, D’Onofrio married Dutch model Carin van der Donk in 2004, and the duo has two children; sons together.
Leila George, like her parents, was always into acting and took acting classes at Brighton College in 2008. She also attended Crawley College in 2009 and, a year later, joined the Arts Educational Schools, London.
Later, in 2011, she moved back to Australia and attended Sydney Film School. Then, in 2012, the actress went to the States to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City.
Marriage And Divorce With Almost 30 Years Older Sean Penn
Leila George, 30, and Sean Penn, 61, first met on the movie The Last Face set. Reportedly, it was love at first sight for the pair. Initially, they were highly criticized for the massive age gap between the duo. George is only a few months younger than Penn’s daughter Dylan Penn and two years older than his son Hopper Penn.
After four years of dating, the former pair secretly married in July 2020. The actor confirmed the wedding news during a civil ceremony over zoom and later on the television show Late Night with Seth Meyers. He stated:
‘We did a COVID wedding. By that, I mean it was a county commissioner on Zoom, and we were at the house with my two children and her brother, and we did it that way.’
As per the reports, they had broken up during the pandemic, but Senn won her back. “He realized he had made a mistake, and when he felt he might lose her, he worked hard to get her back.’
“They got back together during COVID and became really close and got engaged a few months ago, early during quarantine.”
However, within a year of marriage, the Australian-born actress filed for divorce from Penn on October 15, 2021, in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The divorce was finalized on April 22, 2022.
Back in 2021, Penn, in an interview with the magazine Hollywood Authentic talked about his wife and their rocky relationship. The Mystic River actor revealed how he “f—-d up the marriage” by being “very neglectful.”
“There’s a woman who I’m so in love with, Leila George, who I only see on a day-to-day basis now, because I f—ed up the marriage. We were married technically for one year, but for five years, I was a very neglectful guy,” he said.
Even after the divorce, Penn and George have been spotted at many places spending time together. There are also rumors that they might get back together; however, nothing is confirmed.
There are no details available on Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? actress Leila George’s past relationship. On the other hand, her former husband has been married three times. His first high-profile relationship was with singer-songwriter Madonna.
The pair got married on August 16, 1985. Madonna dedicated her third studio album True Blue to then-husband Penn, referring to him as “the coolest guy in the universe.” The duo separated in 1989.
Though earlier reports suggested that the reason behind their divorce was Penn’s violent nature, Madonna shut down the allegations in a 2015 interview stating allegations were “completely outrageous, malicious, reckless, and false.”
Later, The Milk actor began dating Robin Wright. The duo welcomed two children; a daughter Dylan Frances and a son Hopper Jack. They separated in 1995. However, Penn and Wright reconciled and married on April 27, 1996.
The pair filed for divorce in December 2007, only to reconcile after several months. In April, Penn filed for separation but withdrew the case. Again in August 2012, Wright filed for divorce, and this time, their divorce was finalized on July 22, 2010.
Career Highlights: Roles In The Kid And Animal Kingdom
Leila George’s first notable work is in the 2013 documentary The Last Impresario as a camera operator. She performed alongside her mother Greta Scacchi in 2014 on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull for Black Swan Theatre Company in Perth.
Later, in 2016 George made her on-screen debut in the American thriller TV film Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? as Leah Lewisohn. In 2018, the actress portrayed the character named Katherine Valentine in the steampunk movie Mortal Engines.
The Austrian-born actress appeared as Sara Cutler in the American Western film The Kid a year later. Since 2019, she appeared as Young Janine “Smurf” Cody in the drama series Animal Kingdom.
Also, in 2022, George is all set to appear as Edna Hodges in the movie The Long Home.
Following the terrible 2019–20 Australian bushfires, she co-produced the event hosted by the LA Zoo. It was a fundraiser program to support the long-term conservation of areas hugely affected by the bushfire.
How Much Is The Net Worth Of Leila George?
Australian-Americana actress Leila George is worth $1 million as of May 2022. Her primary income source is her acting career, from where she reportedly makes $100k annually on average.
She also had a lavish childhood. She comes from a rich family-her mother, Greta Scacchi, is currently worth $4 Million, and her father, Vincent D’Onofrio’s riches are at $14 million.
On the other hand, her former husband, Sean Penn, is worth $70 million. Reportedly, he paid around $50 million during his divorce settlement with his second wife, Robin. There are no alimony and divorce settlement details on Penn and Geroge.