Sunrise Coigney is best-known for being the wife of Mark Ruffalo, who played Hulk in the Avengers series. She is a former actress, now busy bringing up their three kids and owning an interior decor shop in New York City.

Early life, family, educational background

Christina Sunrise Coigney was born on 17 September 1972, in San Francisco, California USA, so holds American nationality, though comes from a family of French descent. Her childhood was divided between Paris and New Orleans, as her father, Joel Coigney, was French, while her mother was American.

Her grandmother from mother’s side was a decorator, resided in San Francisco, and Sunrise often visited her apartment located in Nob Hill, and which from her early years impressed her with its marvelous view of the city. In her interview for Elle Decor in April 2019 Sunrise said that the modern apartment building her grandmother lived in instilled the first glimpse of taste in her, as it looked much as a mini-version of Versailles. Her grandmothers from her father’s side lived in classic apartments in Paris. However, Sunrise didn’t enjoy the chic of luxurious houses all the time – she shared that she once lived in the van with her father in New Orleans, spending a year on the road: ‘I come from a bohemian hippie background. [my father] was very anti-bourgeoisie’, she remembers in her interview.

Then they moved to New York, but their house there didn’t even have any furniture, only the essentials, such as two beds, a table and some plates. Her father preferred roller skating in the house, so Sunrise recalls it was the moment for which she tries to overcompensate now, working with interiors and house decorations, as she lacked such things in her childhood.

Career

Acting career

Sunrise started her career as an actress, getting her first role in 2001 in the movie “Campfire Stories”, in which she played a French girl named Michelle, as she spoke French fluently and also had a French accent. Then she landed the role of Monica Robinson in the “100 Centre Street” series, during 2001 and 2002.

In 2003 Sunrise played the minor role of Frannie’s Young Mother in “In the Cut”. Her latest role was Brenda in “Line of Fire” (2003 – 2005), as after this Sunrise quit her acting career to become a full-time mother, and then an interior designer and the owner of the interior decorations shop.

Jewelry shop “Kaviar and Kind”

In 2014 Sunrise opened her jewelry shop “Kaviar and Kind” in Los Angeles, but closed it four years later in 2018, to fully focus on her pop-up shop. However, owning a jewelry shop gave her precious experience of working with pieces of artistic jewelry, of communicating with people of taste, and the understanding of the market and jewelry crafting, which she successfully used in her new business.

Sunny’s Pop-Up Design Shop

Sunrise has always been inspired by beautiful things, as her relatives had, as she herself says, ‘impeccable taste’. Sunrise says that she considered herself a “homebody”, and as she older she felt that she wanted to spend her money and time on the place she spent the most time in – and that was definitely her home: ‘As I began to build my family, I tended to be at home more, so my interior life became more important. It just felt right’. So, inspired by the views of the Delaware River near her house, Sunrise decided to open her own shop in Callicoon, New York, to which she brought her collection of antiques she assembled over several years.

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In 2017 she moved to the quaint village of Narrowsburg, New York State, attracting the attention of many people interested in design and decor. At the moment her shop features a vast range of eclectic antiques dating from the middle of the 19th century, to modern accoutrments. Sunrise chooses every piece for her shop herself, searching for them in such places as New Orleans, Marfa in Texas, and Philadelphia, which Sunrise considers to be the richest place for a decorator.

Collaboration with designer Maria Cornejo

In 2004 Sunrise visited the shop of the clothes designer Maria Cornejo, and fell in love with her style and range.

Her dress collection inspired Sunrise to create a separate homeware and home decor line for the women who buy clothes at Maria’s store: ‘Maria and I have a similar approach: We like things that are timeless’ , Sunrise shared in her interview with Elle Decor. Almost 15 years after Sunrise’s visit to Maria’s store, the two talented women are now working on their collaboration project, creating thoughtful pieces for their customers. Their mutual work has attracted the attention of such authoritative magazines as Vogue, Elle and Hollywood Reporter.

Personal life, husband actor Mark Ruffalo

Sunrise met Mark Ruffalo in 1998, when Mark was walking with their mutual friend, who introduced the future spouses to each other.

Sunrise Coigney and Mark Ruffalo

Mark later shared in several interviews that he instantly understood he wanted to marry Sunrise. The couple started dating, eventually marrying in 2000. Their first child, son Keen, was born in 2001, and soon became parents two more times, giving birth to their daughters Belle Noche in 2005, and Odette in 2007. Sunrise soon realized that she wanted to quit her acting career to devote all her time to her family: ‘To be able to watch my children grow into three unique individuals has been the greatest part of being a mom for me’, she told Domino.

Who is Mark Ruffalo?

Mark Ruffalo was born on 22 November 1967, in Kenosha, Wisconsin USA.

His mother, Marie Rose Hébert, a stylist and hairdresser, and his father, Frank Lawrence Ruffalo Jr., who worked in construction, never thought their son would grow up to be a super-popular Hollywood actor, yet it happened. Mark has two sisters, Tania and Nicole, and a late brother Scott, who died in 2008. Even though he suffered from ADD and dyslexia in his early years, Mark studied hard and did his best at his First Colonial High School, located in Virginia, and later enrolled at Stella Adler Conservatory to take acting classes. His acting career began in 1988, his first role being in the series “CBS Summer Playhouse” (1987-1989). Then he appeared in such movies as “Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance” and “A Gift from Heaven”, before landing the role of Vinnie Webber in the successful series “Due South” (1994 – 1999).

Thanks to this role, he was cast in such projects as “Houdini” (1998), “The Last Castle” (2001) and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004), in which he played the role of Stan. The audience knows him for his roles in “Shutter Island” (2009), “The Kids Are All Right” (2011) and “Now You See Me” (2013). However, his biggest claim to fame came with his appearance in the Avengers series, in which he landed the role of Hulk. As of 2019, Mark earns more than $2 million per Marvel movie, among them “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015), “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) and “Avengers: Endgame” (2019).

Sunrise Coigney and Mark Ruffalo

Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts

  • Sunrise and her family have five pets at their house: a dog, two cats, a bunny and a guinea pig, plus several chickens.
  • Sunrise likes loose-leaf teas, buttermilk, fried chicken and biscuits, calling such dishes ‘comfort food’.
  • She also jokes that she is a ‘connoisseur of popcorn’, as she accompanies her husband on every premiere of his movies.
  • Her favorite book shop is “One Grand Books”, located in Narrowsburg.
  • Her favorite color is yellow, as it spikes her mood.
  • Along with her husband, Sunrise attends multiple fashion shows, being invited by Valentino, Versace, Calvin Klein, etc.
  • She is also a charity activist, collaborating with such foundations as Turtle Conservancy, Forrest Galante and many others.

Appearance, clothing style

Sunrise has short blonde hair and blue eyes; she likes wearing various stylish glasses. Sunrise is 5ft 6ins (1.70m) tall and weighs around 136lbs (62kgs). Her clothing style is unique as she always wears designer clothes, choosing pieces to her own taste, which is chic and modern.

Net worth and salary

Sunrise’ net worth is estimated to be around $1 million, while her husband Mark Ruffalo has accumulated a net worth of $30 million. The couple also owns a big house located in the Catskill Mountains in Sullivan County, New York, and an apartment in Manhattan.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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