• Iva Popovica was born in 1975 in New Jersey and is a consultant as well as a talent acquisition specialist.
• She is married to actor Mike Colter, who is known for playing the titular character in the Netflix television series “Luke Cage”.
• Her net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, while her husband has an estimated net worth of over $2 million.
• She is currently a Manager of Talent Acquisition at Netflix and an English professor at Rutgers University.
• Iva and Mike Colter have been married since 2016, and they have a child together.

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Short Info

Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthAugust 26, 1976
SpouseIva Colter
MarkDeep voice
FactCounts Game of Thrones (2011) as one of his favorite TV shows.

Who is Iva Colter?

Iva Popovica was born on 25 April 1975, in New Jersey, USA, and is a consultant as well as a talent acquisition specialist, but probably best recognised for being the wife of actor Mike Colter, who is known for playing the titular character in the Netflix television series “Luke Cage”.

The Riches of Iva Colter

How rich is Iva Colter? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her wealth has also been elevated thanks to the success of her husband, who has an estimated net worth of over $2 million. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life, Education, and Career

While little is known about Iva’s childhood, after matriculating from high school she enrolled at the State University of New Jersey, where she completed a bachelor’s degree, and afterwards enrolled at Central European University, where she completed a master’s degree in Arts, Gender, and Culture.

She then furthered her studies by enrolling at Rutgers University, to take up a doctorate in Comparative Literature, and it was during this time that she met Mike Colter, who at the time was pursuing a master’s degree in acting. After completing her education, she initially worked as a senior executive consultant, serving in that position for six years from 2006 to 201, then moved to the company Ares Management as the Vice-President of Recruitment for the company. She stayed in that position for two years before eventually finding an opportunity to work with the company Netflix, who her husband would also start working for.

image source, Mike Colter in “The Good Wife”

Mike Colter

Mike initially found popularity through the television series “The Good Wife”, in which he played the character Lemond Bishop. The legal and political show focuses on the wife of Cook County State Attorney Alicia Florrick, who returns to her career after a large scandal involving her husband. In the show, his character is a drug kingpin. He also had a role in the short lived series “Ringer”, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, playing a supporting role in the show as a recovering addict who knows about the main character’s double life. The show received mixed reviews, despite praise for Gellar’s performance.

In 2015, Mike appeared as a supporting character in the Netflix series “Jessica Jones” in which he played the comic book character Luke Cage, so becoming a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sharing a continuity with the films of the franchise. He appeared alongside Krysten Ritter, who played the titular character trying to rebuild her life as a private investigator after numerous traumatic incidents in her past. This eventually led him to have his own show entitled “Luke Cage”, focusing on his character with unbreakable skin and superhuman strength. The two also reprised their roles in the miniseries “The Defenders”, which featured other superheroes Daredevil and Iron Fist played by Charlie Cox and Finn Jones respectively.


In 2014, Iva joined Netflix Inc. as a Manager of Talent Acquisition, and after just 18 months she was promoted to become the Director of Talent Acquisition, a role which requires her to oversee the execution and design of recruitment strategies. She also monitors recruitment procedures and identifies high potential targets for the company. While working with Netflix, she also returned to Rutgers University to work as an English professor.

Many sources believe that her position with Netflix is one of the reasons that Mike was able to find work with the Netflix Marvel television shows. She served with the company for several years before her husband was cast in his role, though he had already found popularity in numerous other shows and films before his move. His role as Luke Cage has certainly helped increase his popularity significantly, thanks to the numerous followers of Marvel franchises and the popularity of the character itself.

Marriage and Controversy

For her personal life, it is known that Iva and Mike Colter have been married since 2016, and they have a child together. Controversy erupted when Mike was a guest on “The Wendy Williams Show”, which showcased a picture of the family leading the once cheering audience to an awkward silence. He later expressed disappointment at the audience of the show, and fired back at those who view interracial relationships negatively, stating that no one should be judged according to their race but through the values they stand for. He then added that his wife has been with him since the beginning when he was still struggling with his career, and didn’t have much to offer. She has stuck with him through the tough years.

General Info

Full NameMike Colter
Net Worth$2 million
Date Of BirthAugust 26, 1976
Height1.91 m
EducationUniversity of Southern California, Rutgers University, University of South Carolina


SpouseIva Colter
ParentsEddie Lee Colter Sr., Freddie Marion Colter


NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
MoviesAmerica Is Still the Place, Zero Dark Thirty, Men in Black 3, Salt, Taking Chance, Silver Bells, Brooklyn Lobster, Million Dollar Baby
TV ShowsThe Good Wife, Ringer, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Halo: Nightfall, The Defenders

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#Marks / Signs
1Deep voice


1I have a wonderful wife I met at Rutgers while we were both there. She was in the Ph.D. program. She is not an actress. She definitely brings balance to my life. We actors can tend to bore anyone with shop talk.
2I hate the gym, so I try to diversify my workouts with swimming and basketball. Indoors, it's less boring than running. I do find that diet is key. I eat lots of lean protein, no soda, no fast food or fried foods, and a lot of water. But I love food and often cook.
3As for facial hair, I think I decided it was a good look after graduate school. I always shave it myself and trim my own beard. I change the look depending on the role. For 'Million Dollar Baby,' I had no facial hair. For 'Men in Black 3,' I had no facial hair but did wear a wig.
4I'm one of those people who is color blind to a certain degree. And that doesn't mean I'm not acutely aware of race in our country and abroad and in the world. I know what's going on, and I'm very aware of it.
5Having worked on 'Halo: Nightfall' and gotten a taste for what 'Halo' has to offer, it definitely has me interested in picking up the games and getting familiarized more with the 'Halo' universe.
6When you're acting, it's all about you and the person in front of you, and I think in life we forget to apply the same technique, and we get caught up in the panic of what we're trying to do - how overwhelmingly daunting the task of trying to become an actor is.
7Marvel does a fantastic job about bringing human stories - because you're telling big stories with a heart at the center of it - and that's what connects all of the characters to our audience members.
8I've always wanted to be on a show that's well respected and had critical acclaim and that people like to watch, and at the same time find something that, for me, as an actor, is interesting and challenging.
9The big budget films have money to do things that are not necessarily essential but sure are comforting. The catering is usually much better. And you have way more of anything you could possibly need. You definitely get a trailer. My shirt and suit for 'Million Dollar Baby' were tailor made.
10I'm always game for creating a new character, and I liked the idea of putting something new into the 'Halo' universe.
11Ridley Scott was part of the production team on 'The Good Wife.' I auditioned on my iPhone, and it moved very quickly after that, as they thought I was right for the role, and pretty soon I was filming in Iceland for two months.
12As artists, we are so not in control most of the time of the content or the narrative of our characters, and sometimes writing takes a turn and it's not something we necessarily have control over. It's just a lot of random dumb luck, so when things click, you've just got to enjoy it.
13As an actor, you just want to continue to work on things that you like. You can be in this business a long time and consistently working and just be totally artistically unfulfilled.
14As an actor, you're trying to capture the nuances of real life, but voice work is almost over-acting.


1Counts Game of Thrones (2011) as one of his favorite TV shows.
2Gained 30lbs by the time Marvel's Luke Cage began filming.
3Offered a role in Hot Pursuit (2015) but had to pass because of scheduling conflicts.
4Amman, Jordan: Working on "Zero Dark Thirty". Due for release in Dec. 2012 [April 2012]
5Working on a the film Taking Chance. Starring Kevin Bacon, directed by Ross Katz due for release in 2008. [August 2007]
6New York, N.Y. USA. Filming Men in Black 3. Due for release in 2012. [April 2011]
7Briefly studied Chekhov technique with Lenard Petit while at Rutgers.
8Gained 15 pounds of muscle before filming began for Million Dollar Baby (2004).
9Close friend of actor Assaf Cohen.
10Graduated from Calhoun County High School where he was voted most ambitious in his Senior Class.
11Performed voice-over work on Ken Burns documentary The War (2007) but his work was cut the final edit.
12His brother is a secret service agent.
13Trained at Trinity Boxing Gym with Martin Snow.
14Received his M.F.A. from Rutgers University in 2001 with classmate Andrea Anders.




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Agent X2015TV SeriesMiles Lathem
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The Following2013-2015TV SeriesNick Donovan
America Is Still the Place2015Charlie Walker
Halo: Nightfall2014TV SeriesLocke
American Horror Story2013-2014TV SeriesDavid
Criminal Minds2013TV SeriesColin Bramwell
The Surgeon General2013TV MovieDr. McCallan
Zero Dark Thirty2012Mike - DEVGRU
Men in Black 32012Colonel
Ringer2011-2012TV SeriesMalcolm Ward
Blue Bloods2011TV SeriesCliff Reacher
Salt2010CIA Tactical Leader
Royal Pains2010TV SeriesOfficer Tanner
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2009TV SeriesSamuel Mbazzi
Taking Chance2009TV MovieMGySgt Demetry
Solving Charlie2009TV MovieJack Dash
And Then Came Love2007Yuppie Paul
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2007TV SeriesDave Oldren
Silver Bells2005TV MovieBill
Brooklyn Lobster2005Jamal
Law & Order: Trial by Jury2005TV SeriesOfficer Billy Tolbert
Million Dollar Baby2004Big Willie Little
The Parkers2002TV SeriesLamar
ER2002TV SeriesWatts

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