Who is Laila Robins?
Laila Robins was born on 14 March 1959, in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, and is an actress, best known for her work in films such as “Planes, Trains and Automobiles, “Eye in the Sky”, and “True Crime”. She’s also had regular roles in various television series, such as “Murder in the First” and “Homeland”.
The Net Worth of Laila Robins
As of early-2020, Laila Robins’ net worth is estimated to be over $6 million, earned through a successful career in the acting profession since 1987; apart from her on-camera roles, she’s also participated in various theatrical productions too.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Laila is of American and Latvian descent. She grew up in St. Paul alongside three sisters; the family was based there as her father worked as a research chemist in the area. At a young age, she developed an interest in acting, but didn’t decide to pursue the career fully until she was in college. After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin –Eau Claire, where she completed a bachelor’s degree. The school is a part of the University of Wisconsin System, and offers numerous programs on a campus that spans 135 hectares.
After completing her baccalaureate, she enrolled at the Yale School of Drama to complete a master’s in fine arts. The school is known for providing courses on various aspects of theatre including writing, stage management, acting, design, directing, criticism, production, and other aspects. During her time there, she began participating in various productions, both local and in the school. Some of her earliest projects include “Bloody Poetry” and “Maids of Honor”.
Acting in Front of the Camera
In 1987, Robins made her film debut in “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”, appearing as the character Susan Page.
The film stars Steve Martin, and tells the story of a marketing executive who by some unusual circumstances has to go on an adventure with a curtain ring salesman, so that he can get home to his family just in time for Thanksgiving. Her first television role was in “The Equalizer”, and she then got her first main role in the show “Gabriel’s Fire”, playing Victoria Heller. The show aired on ABC, but it was later scrapped and remade into a new show the following year.
After a few more projects, she was cast in the 1995 film “Live Nude Girls”, which starred her alongside Kim Cattrall, Dana Delany, and Cynthia Stevenson.
The film tells the story of a group of childhood friends who have a sleepover and bachelorette party, where they discuss various topics related to sex. In 1999 she worked on the film “True Crime”, directed by Clint Eastwood and based on the novel of the same name written by Andrew Clavan; it tells the story of a journalist set to cover the execution story of a convicted murderer. The film was a bomb at the box office, and one of the few failures of Eastwood’s career.
Rise to Prominence
While Laila remained a mainstay in both film and television, she continued her passion for theater, appearing in productions of “The Herbal Bed” and “The Merchant of Venice.
She toured with various well-known actors such as Uta Hagen, and starred in the 50th-anniversary production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”, which was shown in Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. The play follows the life of former aristocrat Blanche DuBois, who after a string of unfortunate events has to live with her sister in a dilapidated apartment.
In the 2000s, she mainly made guest appearances on television, in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “30 Rock”, “All My Children”, and “Sex and the City”. Some of the films she worked on during this period include “Things that Hang from Trees”, “Searching for Paradise”, “The Good Shepherd”, and “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond”.
In 2014, she was cast in the Anja Marquardt directorial debut “She’s Lost Control” – the independent film tells the story of a sexual surrogate, whose professional life begins to interfere with her personal life.
Robins has taken less mainstream projects in recent years, with a few of her latest films including “Eye in the Sky”, a thriller starring Aaron Paul, Helen Mirren, and Barkhad Abdi. The film is dedicated to the memory of Alan Rickman as this was his last live-action film before his passing. Another recent film is “Impossible Monsters”, which is based on the horror anthology book of the same name written by actress Kasey Lansdale.
Laila’s been more active on television, appearing in shows such as “The Boys” and “Deception”.
In 2014, she was cast in a main role in the series “Homeland”, in which she played Martha Boyd. The show tells the story of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer who has to handle a US Marine Corps sniper who was previously held as a prisoner of war, leading many superiors to believe that she has been turned to the enemy’s side. She also had a recurring role during the seventh season of “The Blacklist”, which stars James Spader and Megan Boone.
Another recurring role was in the series “Quantico”, playing General Katherine Richards. The show aired on ABC and follows the story of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who becomes a suspect in a terrorist attack. The film features Priyanka Chopra, and made her the first South Asian to headline a US television network series.
Aside from those, Laila has continuously gained recognition for her work on stage, winning numerous awards for her projects. Most of her most notable work is in the 2000s, as she had projects such as “Macbeth”, “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Noises Off”.
Her latest stage projects include “The Lion in Winter” and “The Dance of Death”.
Laila met actor Robert Cuccioli in 2000 during a production of “Macbeth” in New Jersey – he played the titular role while she partnered with him as Lady Macbeth. Since then the two have remained together. Her partner has made numerous achievements in the theatrical world, receiving a Tony Award nomination for his dual role in the musical “Jekyll and Hyde”. Some of his other notable works include “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”, and “Les Miserables” in which he played Javert.