Laura Louie is mostly known for being the long-term spouse of the famous Hollywood actor, Woody Harrelson. They eventually tied the knot after more than 15 years of living together. The couple now has three daughters.
Early life and family
Laura Louie was born in 1965, and the only thing known for sure about her family is that her parents are both Asian. As of 2019, Laura resides at an eco-village on Maui island, Hawaii, which she owns with her husband; the couple helps to build houses for families who support eco-friendly living. Among their friends and like-minded people are the musician Willie Nelson (who also taught Laura and Woody’s daughters to play the piano), the writer Sil Lai Abrams, and the screenwriter and director Destin Daniel Cretton.
Happy Anniversary Woody Harrelson and Laura Louie! The pair are celebrating 9 years of marriage today!
Laura has always been interested in developing her own businesses. One of her companies called Yoganics delivered organic food around Texas, however, the company was eventually closed in 2015 as it was ‘far away from profitability’. Taking the same name and changing the main services, Laura co-founded another company with similar name, Yoganics Hawaii. The company is based on Maui, and provides yoga classes, and organic food, including coffee beans, wheat sprouts, healthy teas, etc. Laura also supports the Kuena School of Yoga, an intensive training program integrating yoga into one’s daily life.
Voice Yourself project
Laura’s mutual project with her husband Woody – called Voice Yourself – is the Internet source of information and inspiration of nature-friendly solutions for life. The site gives comprehensive information on caring about the planet, such themes as solar power, mindful nutrition, growing one’s own food, etc., in order to raise the level of living without spending huge amounts of money. The source was founded in 2001, and Laura and Woody’s main idea was to help people with recommendations and tips to live a better life: ‘Voice Yourself promotes and inspires individual action to create global momentum towards simple organic living and to restore balance and harmony to our planet’, says the description on the site of the project.
Personal life, husband Woody Harrelson
Laura met Woody Harrelson in 1987, when she was invited to become his personal assistant. They started dating after several months of their working together, and Laura gave birth to their first daughter, Deni Montana, on 5 March 1994. Deni soon became the big sister, as Laura gave birth to their second daughter, Zoe Giordano, on 22 September 1996. 10 years later, Woody and Laura welcomed their third daughter on 3 June 2006, who they named Makani Ravello. Ravello is Woody and Laura’s favorite travelling destination, as they often visit this town on the Amalfi Coast, located in the province of Salerno, Italy.
Woody shared the photo of Laura on his Instagram account when they were dining in one of the local restaurants, captioning the picture with the words: ‘Laura in Ravello – my favorite person in my favorite place’.
Who is Woody Harrelson?
Woodrow “Woody” Tracy Harrelson was born on 23 July 1961, in Midland, Texas USA. His mother is Diane Oswald, who worked as a secretary. His father, Charles Voyde Harrelson, was an organized crime figure and convicted hitman, who died in 2007. According to Woody’s words, his father left his mother when he was around seven years old, so Diana raised her three sons, Woody, Brett and Jordan, all alone.
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His father was arrested in 1981 and accused of several murders; Charles Harrelson claimed he killed President John F. Kennedy, but his words were denied after several tests. Charles later admitted he was just trying to ‘elongate his life’. Even though he tried to escape from jail in 1995, he wrote to one of his friends that he enjoyed jail as ‘the silence was wonderful’. Woody was down with the news of his father, though it didn’t prevent him from achieving a lot in his life. He started his acting career at the age of 24 in 1985, joining the cast of the NBC sitcom “Cheers”, playing Woody Boyd. He became a series regular, starring in eight more seasons of the show until 1993. In 1989 he won the Emmy Award for his work in the series, being nominated five times.
Woody Harrelson’s further career
After appearing in several more series and movies, such as “I’ll Do Anything” (1994), “The Cowboy Way” (1994) and “Natural Born Killers” (1994), Woody received $5 million for his role of Charlie Robinson in “Money Train” (1995), a comedy with Wesley Snipes and Jennifer Lopez. Woody made many cameo appearances in such movies as “Welcome to Hollywood” (1998), “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” (1999).
Later he starred in the criminal drama “Transsiberian” (2007), the drama “Seven Pounds” (2008) and the war biopic “The Messenger” (2008). His career reached a new level after he starred in “Zombieland” (2009), sharing the screen with Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin.
Woody also played Haymitch Abernathy in the “The Hunger Games” series, also landing the role of Detective Marty Hart in the super popular HBO series “True Detective”. One of his latest and strongest roles was his character of Willoughby in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017). In 2019, Woody was busy filming in three big projects, among them “The Highwaymen” (in which he shared the screen with Kevin Costner), “Zombieland: Double Tap” (again playing Tallahassee) and “Midway”, the war drama in which Woody played Chester W. Nimitz. Woody is already assigned to several future projects, such as “Venom 2” (2020), in the role of Cletus Kasady, and the series “The Most Dangerous Man in America”, in which he is going to appear as Timothy Leary.
Current married life
Laura and Woody tied the knot in 2008. Their wedding ceremony took place on Maui, and only close friends and family members were invited to celebrate the long-awaited event. Woody takes Laura almost everywhere he goes. In June 2018 they were seen together enjoying their vacations with Makani, their youngest daughter, in Italy. They also attend tennis championships, as both Woody and Laura are big fans of this sport, and were seen together in June 2019 at the French Open Tennis tournament, held in Paris. Laura also accompanies Woody to his film work – Woody shares mutual photos from the sets of his upcoming movies.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Even though Laura’s husband was brought up in the Presbyterian household, and studied in the college with the Presbyterian scholarship, he changed his point of view on religion in general, and stated the Bible was (according to his own words) ‘man-made’. Laura shares the view of her husband and believes in God, but doesn’t practice any particular religion. Woody is also known for his being a very open person; he has a lot of friends, among them the actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Danny DeVito, and Laura often spends time with her husband’s celebrity friends. Fed up with the attention she gets on her social media accounts, Laura closed her Instagram account writing in her profile description: ‘Don’t press “Follow” if I don’t know you’.
However, Woody Harrelson shares her photos on his official Instagram account quite often, or mentions her in the captions to his pictures. Thus, he shared the photo of him holding a smoothie in his hand, while he was enjoying the views of their Maui island in the morning, writing: ‘The breakfast i love held by the woman i love in the place i love!!’ It‘s known that Laura’s husband is a big fan of wine, a passion which Laura shares.
Appearance, clothing style
Laura has middle-length dark brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5ft 9ins (1.77m) tall, weighs around 132lbs (60kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-23-35.
— Laura Louie (@lylouie7) July 21, 2017
As to her clothing style, Laura prefers to wear casual-styled looks, always choosing organic and natural fabrics as she cares much about nature and the environment. She supports brands which use only natural fabrics, and don’t use child labour.
Net worth and salary
As of 2019, Laura’s net worth is estimated to be around $3 million, even though one of her project was closed due its unprofitability. As to her husband Woody Harrelson, he’s accumulated wealth estimated at over $65 million.