Chelsea Winstanley is a New Zealand born film producer.
She is well known for producing films like What We Do in The Shadows and Jojo Rabbit.
Both the movies were directed by her ex-husband.
She was only seven years old when her parents got divorced, and her other two siblings, her home with her mother.
She lived with her dad John, who was running home improvement business at that time.
But when her father remarried, she then moved to Auckland to her mother, who is a Psychotherapist by profession.
That’s when she got interested in art, photography and film making.
She got the inspiration after watching a documentary Bastion point: Day 507 at School by Merata Mita.
Pregnancy And Being Single Mom
She was nineteen only when she got pregnant, but as she thought that she was not ready for having a baby.
She chooses to abort the child. Later, when she again got pregnant, and this time, she thought of having a baby, and she delivered a baby boy just ten days before her twenty-first birthday.
She decided to name the baby boy Maia.
She never thought in her wildest dream that after three months of the birth of her son, her partner would walk out of her relationship.
Then she remained a single mom for a few years.
When her friend (with two young sons) decided to study at Waikato University, then she also joined her friend and started living together with them and pursuing her study as well.
At that time, her son was not even one year old.
But she had gone through a lot being a single mom and studying at the same time.
She had to visit the hospital a lot because her son Maia was suffering from Eczema, which is a condition when patches of skin become red and itchy.
He used to scratch himself all over, but after so much sleepless night and doctor visit, he got cured.
Now her son Maia is 22 years old man pursuing his career in Hollywood.
She graduated and joined Kiwa productions.
She directed Tame lti: The Man behind Moko, which also won the Media Peace Award after she got involved in producing as well.
In 2010, she got an offer to produce a documentary about Child Abuse from her inspiration Merata Mita’s.
She was excited to work with her.
But this unfortunate incident took place, after having a conversation with her, Chelsea went to get her car and asked her if she wants to go home and then she looked at her, said I want to go home.
Before she could get her car, she suffered from a heart attack and died on the spot.
She was shattered seeing that. Later she decides to finish Saving grace.
A year ago, Chelsea also helped her son Heperi to make a film about her.
Marriage And Husband
She met Taika Waititi in her twenties while interviewing him for the TV Documentary series profiling Maori Artist.
But they got close in the sets of his film titled ‘Boy.’
Taika Waititi is also a filmmaker, actor, and director by profession.
After dating each other for two years, the duo got married. They got married in the year 2011.
The wedding was attended by only their close family and near ones.
She was even sexually abused by the father of her first child Maia.
It was Taika who helped to overcome that past and move on with the future.
They had two daughters together. Her first daughter Te Hinekahu was born in 2012.
Her second daughter Matewa Kritapu was born in August 2015.
They even keep a nanny of Maori descent so that her children will be connected to her culture and tradition.
But their relationship didn’t work out, and they got separated two years ago secretly.
The reason behind their divorce is still unknown.
This is a cute picture of her daughters cutting father’s hair posted by her ex-husband on Instagram.
He captions it as,
'Scroll down to…….’
She is estimated to have a net worth of $1.5 million independently.
She earns her income, mostly from producing films, and she is undoubtedly enjoying a lavish lifestyle.
- Her ex-husband, Taika, has won an Oscar for his Screenwriting on Jojo Rabbit.
- She has won the 2014 SPADA Screen Independent Producer of the Year Award with her ex-husband.
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