Born in 1998, Kale Lyn Esposito is a grown lady by now. And she is more than just a celebrity child. While she has not disclosed any professional or educational information, Kale is a star anytime she appears in public with her father.
Here is another interesting fact. While most people recognize her as the daughter of American actor Giancarlo Esposito, her mother is also a celebrity.
Do you want to know more about Kale Esposito? Read on!
Who is her celebrity father?
Born Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito in April 1958, he is an American actor, famous for portraying some iconic roles. For example, he portrayed Gus Fring in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad from 2009 to 2011, and in the prequel Better Call Saul from 2017 to 2022. He also portrays Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian television series. Giancarlo appeared in several Spike Lee movies, including School Daze, Mo’ Better Blues, Do the Right Thing, and Malcolm X. Some of his major film credits include Taps, King of New York, Bob Roberts, Rabbit Hole, The Jungle Book, Money Monster, Okja, Maze Runner, Fresh, Marlboro Man, and more.
While many think of him as an American actor, he was born outside of the US. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, he is the son of Giovanni John C. Esposito, an Italian stagehand, and carpenter from Naples, and Elizabeth Leesa Foster, who was an African American opera and nightclub singer from Alabama. Giancarlo is American from his mother’s side.
When he was six years old, the family moved to Manhattan, and he attended Elizabeth Seton College in New York later on. Giancarlo earned a two-year degree in radio and television communications.
But it was clear that acting was the career choice for him. In 1968, he made his Broadway debut, playing an enslaved child opposite Shirley Jones in the short-lived musical Maggie Flynn. During the 1980s, he appeared mostly in movies, titles like Maximum Overdrive, King of New York, and Trading Places.
In 1988, he landed his breakout role, in the movie School Daze, directed by Spike Lee. The movie explored color relations at black colleges. He and Spike continued to collaborate on other movies like Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, and Malcolm X.
Another interesting role is Mike Giardello, in the TV crime drama, Homicide: Life on the Street. That role drew from both his African American and Italian ancestry.
Most fans nowadays recognize him as Gus Fring from the Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul television series. And lately, he portrays Moff Gideon, the villain in The Mandalorian series.
Who is her mother?
While many people recognize Kale Lyn Esposito as the daughter of the popular American actor, her mother is a well-established celebrity as well.
Giancarlo’s ex-wife, Joy McManigal grew up in Green Valley with her siblings Jay and Jill. In the 1980s, she attended Stanford University and John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. If you look at her LinkedIn profile, you will see she owned and managed the McManigal’s Pub in Ireland from 1985 to 1990.
Joy received her bachelor’s degree from California State Long Beach and attained her Master’s degree after graduating from the University of San Francisco.
She worked as an elementary school teacher and enjoyed doing her job. She was married to Giancarlo for two decades. She was with him before he rose to stardom.
Over the years, she has expanded her career in different fields, gaining expertise in dynamic and entrepreneurial experience in event planning, life coaching, career counseling, and more.
She is now the founder of The C4 Way, a program promoting the common good by encouraging people to be themselves. It focuses on empowering young people to be their best versions.
Her mother’s influence on her father’s career
Here is something not many people know. Joy was among the people who convinced Giancarlo to audition for Breaking Bad. It was the role that skyrocketed him to international popularity.
Before that, Giancarlo had several prominent roles, but nothing could compare to the role he had in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Yes, he did appear in movies by Spike Lee, but that gained him only nationwide fans.
Breaking Bad made him go international.
Many fans are wondering whether Kale Lyn Esposito is in a good relationship with her father, following the divorce between her parents. But more on that later on.
Born in 1998 in the United States of America, she is now in her late 20s. She belongs to mixed ethnicity of Italian, Irish, and English. Kale is a follower of the Christianity religion.
Speaking of her educational background, she has not disclosed any qualifications. There is no information about her profession as well.
Many fans recognize her only as the daughter of American actor Giancarlo Esposito. Her parents got married in 1995 when Giancarlo was in his late forties. They already had children at the time. Sadly, their marriage came to an end.
Kale’s parents have four children together, Shayne Lyra Esposito, Syrlucia Esposito, and Ruby Esposito. There is little information about them online. The only thing we do know is that Shayne is the older sister, and graduated in 2004. Shayne was born in 1997, one year before Kale.
Relationship with her father
While her parents have divorced after nearly twenty years, they continue to communicate. Giancarlo has always shown gratitude to his former wife for his successful profession.
There is no information about the reason for their divorce. And despite everything, Giancarlo feels the same about his children as before. He loves them all. Two years ago, he invited Kale to accompany him at the Emmy Award ceremony.
He posted on Instagram, saying, “Had a beautiful #Emmy experience with my sweetest Angel daughter Kale!”
Is she on social media?
Kate is not on social media, at least we couldn’t find a profile on Instagram that is verified to be hers. On the other hand, her parents are present on the network. As we saw before, Giancarlo posted about his night at the Emmy ceremony two years ago.
Kale’s mother, Joy McManigal, or Joy Esposito, has a profile on Instagram with only 200 followers. It is a private account, and she shares posts only with her closest friends and relatives.
On the other hand, Giancarlo has a profile with almost 2 million followers. And his popularity is only growing up.
As we said before, there is no information about the education, professional career, or salary of Kale Lyn Esposito. Not much is known about the daughter of the Mandalorian actor.
On the other hand, Giancarlo has a net worth of more than $8 million. He earned most of his wealth by portraying Gus Fring in the Breaking Bad series.
And of course, now that he is part of Disney Plus, his wealth and net worth will probably only go up. His character, Moff Gideon, is said to be part of the larger Mandalorian universe, and be part of several spinoffs and maybe even movies.