• Sonni Pacheco is a Canadian model, sculptor and actress born in 1991 in Pitt Meadows, Canada.
• She left the entertainment industry in 2021 to pursue a career in sculpting.
• In 2014, she married American actor Jeremy Renner, but filed for divorce later that year.
• She has a daughter, Ava Berlin, with Jeremy Renner and lives in Los Angeles, California.
• Her net worth is estimated at $3.5 million as of May 2022.
Early life, family, educational background
Canadian model, sculptor and actress Sonni Pacheco was born in 1991 in Pitt Meadows, Canada; her exact birthdate and place is unknown. She was reportedly born into a Christian family, and both of her parents are entrepreneurs. Sonni began modeling at a very early age and attended university after matriculating from high school, but which one is unknown, and what she studied.
Her career began in the modeling industry, including as a lingerie model. She’s appeared in a handful of films including 2009’s “American Pie Presents: The Book of Love” and 2012’s “The Wingman.” Monster Energy Drinks appointed Sonni as spokesperson in 2013.
She left the entertainment industry in 2021, to pursue a career in sculpting. According to Saatchi Art, Sonni began sculpting as a form of therapy when she was pregnant. She’s opened her own sculpting studio, and regularly posts her work to her social media. ‘Each piece is sculpted with clay – a therapeutic medium she’s worked with since pregnant with her daughter – giving her a malleable sense of storytelling that has helped shape her identity and the underlying identities of her pieces,’ said Saatchi Art. Most of Sonni’s sculptures are of the female nude form with animal faces.
On her website dedicated to her sculpting business, Sonni describes her pieces – ‘The human bodies matched with creature skulls of my first assortment, Animalistic, mirror the irrefutable haziness in my life; they likewise review adolescence of days spent in nature encompassed by the components and animals of my old neighborhood.’ Sonni is managed by Grøss Creative Studio.
Who is Jeremy Renner?
American actor Jeremy Lee Renner was born on 7 January 1971, in Modesto, California, USA, of German and Irish descent. His father is Lee Renner who managed the McHenry Bowl bowling alley in the 1980s, and his mother is Valerie Cearley (née Tague). They married when they were teenagers, and divorced when Jeremy was ten. He is the oldest of seven siblings/half-siblings, the youngest born in 2011 when Jeremy was forty years old.
After matriculating from Fred C. Beyer High School, Jeremy enrolled at Modesto Junior College, where he studied a double-major in Computer Science and Criminology, but fell in love with acting after taking Drama as an elective. His acting career started when he appeared in independent films such as 2002’s “Dahmer” and 2005’s “Neo Ned.” He then moved on to acting in bigger films, mostly in supporting roles, including 2003’s “S.W.A.T.” and 2007’s “28 Weeks Later.” The role Jeremy is best-known for is as Hawkeye/Clint Barton, a member of the superhero group the Avengers, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films and series from 2011. He has also appeared in the “Mission: Impossible” film series. In preparation for the “Avengers” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises, he studied Muay Thai and Arnis martial arts.
He now lives in Washoe County, Nevada where he co-runs a house-renovating business with Kristoffer Winters, his best friend and a fellow actor.
When Sonni was dating Jeremy, the pair kept their relationship private and out of the public eye or knowledge until September 2014, months after they married. In an interview with “Capitol File” magazine, Jeremy explained, ‘I have tried to protect my family’s privacy, my wife’s privacy. I don’t need her to get hammered with my life. Privacy issues are important because I want her to go about her day without being bothered.’
On 28 March 2013, Sonni gave birth to her daughter with Jeremy, whom they named Ava Berlin. On 13 January 2014, Sonni married American actor Jeremy Renner, but on 30 December 2014 she filed for divorce with the reasoning being irreconcilable differences. She also stated that their prenuptial agreement should not be taken into consideration at all, as it was based on ‘fraud.’ They share custody of Ava. When they were negotiating their divorce agreement, Sonni asked to use their Range Rover, for spousal support and for Jeremy to pay for her rent and moving expenses. Sonni and Ava made a cameo appearance in the film “American Hustle,” in which Jeremy played the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey named Carmine Polito.
They may have kept their relationship private, but the same cannot be said for their split and thereafter. “The Los Angeles Times” reported that in a court filing, Sonni cited that Jeremy has an ongoing substance abuse issue, and that in 2015 he emotionally and verbally abused her. When she filed for divorce in 2014, she said she is owed $50,000 in child support. However, in 2015 they settled on joint custody of Ava, $24,000 for accounting and legal fees and $16,000 for support.
In 2019, Sonni filed legal documents claiming Jeremy was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. At the time, he allegedly put a gun in his mouth and threatened to shoot himself and Sonni. The other half of her claim was that while Ava was upstairs, asleep in her bedroom, he fired the gun into the ceiling. TMZ reported that Sonni shared that while in a nightclub, Jeremy told people that he wanted to kill Sonni as he ‘could not deal with her anymore, and he just wanted her gone.’ Sonni also alleged that Jeremy told their nanny, ‘… it was better that Ava had no parents than to have her [Sonni] as a mother.”
Jeremy responded to the allegations in an interview with “Men’s Health” magazine, ‘I don’t respond publicly or privately to nonsense… It only empowers it… If you respond to it, you give it gas. I don’t fuel shit fires. I just don’t do it. I refuse to.’ The magazine also shared that Disney – which owns Marvel studios – wanted to fire Jeremy from their Marvel line-up, but they decided against it. He also told “Page Six,” ‘This is a matter for the court to decide. It’s important to note the dramatizations made in Sonni’s declaration are a one-sided account made with a specific goal in mind.’
In 2020, Sonni asked the judge to order a routine drug test of Jeremy. Her lawyer argued, ‘[Jeremy Renner] has a long history of alcohol and drug abuse which has persisted since before the parties’ marriage, through divorce and post-judgment.’ Jeremy’s lawyers argued against the request, stating that there was no basis for the request to be granted by the Court.
Jeremy requested that the court lower how much he needs to pay Sonni for child support, as his monthly income reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic from $30,000 to $11,000. He also accused Sonni of misusing the child support money to pay for personal expenses including ‘property taxes, attorney’s fees and other expenses completely unrelated to the minor.’ Sonni denied the claims and told “Page Six,” ‘It is very disheartening that in a time of global crisis there is yet another attempt to reduce funds I rely on to provide for our child.’
Sonni currently lives in Los Angeles, California, US, with her daughter.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
- Sonni has dual citizenship for both Canada and America.
- She has collaborated with a few famous sculpture artists.
- Her sculpture dummies are displayed in various exhibitions.
- She loves dogs, and has a dog of her own that she takes with her on hikes and walks.
- Her Instagram account was opened on 9 May 2017 and is full of pictures of her sculpture art.
Sonni has long, dark brown hair that she sometimes dyes blonde. She stands at 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall, weighs 121lbs (55kg) and has piercing blue eyes. She wears a size 4 US dress and a size 6 US shoe. Sonni does not have any tattoos, only piercings in her ears.
She maintains a healthy, balanced diet and exercises regularly to keep her slim and fit model-like figure.
Net worth and salary
As of May 2022, her net worth is estimated at $3.5 million; it’s unknown how much money she earns from her sculpting business.