Meredith Hagner is an American actress, possibly known best for her portrayal of Liberty Ciccone in “As the World Turns”, and as Portia Davenport in “Search Party”, both TV series. She is happily married and has a son with her husband.
Early life, family, educational background
Meredith Kathleen Hagner was born on 31 May 1987, in New York City, New York USA to the parents Karen Agnes Parker and Ronald Joseph Hagner who prefer to lead a private lifestyle. Even though Ronald has an Instagram account, he isn’t very active and doesn’t share many details about his occupation or personal life. Karen doesn’t seem to be active on social media.
Meredith has a younger sister Kerry Hagner, who has down syndrome. The two have a close relationship and spend a lot of time together. According to the actress, her sister is a warm, funny, and supportive person who has always been by her side.
Meredith and her family lived in Houston, Texas US, but, later on, they moved to Chapel Hill, North Caroline US. Hagner studied at Chapel Hill High School and matriculated in 2005. She continued her studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, but she attended the college only for a year. After being cast for roles in New York, she decided to leave the conservatory and concentrate all her attention on acting.
Early in her career, Meredith was cast in advertisements for famous brands and companies such as Truth, Subway, Acuvue, Levi’s, 3M, Radio Shack, and JCPenney.
She appeared on the screen for the first time in 2008 when she was selected for the role of Liberty Ciccone in the CBS soap opera “As the World Turns” which is one of the longest-running shows on American television and has aired for 54 years. The actress appeared in 164 episodes from 2008 to 2010, portraying a confused teenager who traveled to Oakdale to find her father.
Concurrently, Meredith played the role of Libby in seven episodes of the American comedy-drama TV series “Royal Pains” which centered around the story of a skilled doctor who moved to the Hamptons after the death of his patient and started treating the rich. In 2010, she also made a debut in the film industry, playing a minor role in the movie “Going the Distance”. In 2011, the young actress appeared in three TV series: “Lights Out”, “In Plain Sight”, and “CSI: Miami”. At the same time, she was cast for the role of Alice in “Damsels in Distress” which received positive reviews and was screened at the 68th Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.
From 2012 to 2016, Meredith appeared in multiple TV series including “Men at Work”, “The Following”, and “Veep”, portraying various characters incredible acting skills. During the same period, she also starred in movies such as “Art Machine”, “Hits”, and “Folk Hero & Funny Guy”. The latter turned out to be an important role as she met her future husband on the set.
Hagner’s breakthrough role was her portrayal of Portia Davenport in the TV series “Search Party” which aired for five seasons from 2016 to 2022 and told the story of four millennials who embarked on various journeys to solve mysteries. Each season had a distinctive genre, and Meredith had the chance to unveil her character in different lights, showcasing the transformation of Portia from a positive, yet self-centered person into a depressed young woman who hits rock bottom. In her interviews, the actress mentions that she enjoyed exposing different layers of Portia’s character throughout the whole series.
Since then, Hagner has had recurring roles in popular TV shows such as “Younger” and “Strangers”. She has also voiced characters – Barbara in “Dummy”, Madison in “Bob’s Burgers”, and Mora the Mermaid in “Disenchantment”. During her career, Meredith has also portrayed Charlotte Buckwald in “Ingrid Goes West”, Misty in “Palm Springs”, and Kyla in “Vacation Friends”.
The actress’ most recent works include her roles as Greta in the movie “The Hater”(2022), and Eve in the upcoming TV series “Bad Monkey”.
Meredith Hagner is married to Wyatt Russell, whom she met on the set of “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” in 2016. Even though they didn’t have a romantic relationship in the movie, they were attracted to each other in real life. They started dating the same year, announcing their engagement in 2018, and tying the knot in 2019, in Goldie Hawn’s house in Aspen, Colorado. The wedding had a Western theme, but guests had to arrive in school busses In 2021, the couple had their first baby boy, naming him Buddy Prine Russell.
According to Meredith’s Instagram account and interviews, her relationship with Wyatt is a true Hollywood love story. She calls her husband a soulmate and the love of her life, supporting his career and frequently posting pictures together.
Wyatt Russell is also an actor – the son of the famous actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn – and a former hockey player, who was born on 10 July 1986, in Los Angeles, California, USA. He first appeared on the screen in 1987 as a babe in arms in the movie “Overboard”, then in “Escape from L.A.” in 1996, and “Soldier” in ‘97. Later, he starred in multiple popular films including “Cowboys & Aliens” (2011), “Love and Honor” (2013), and most recently in “The Woman in the Window” in 2021. Russell has also appeared in several episodes of TV series’ “The Walking Dead: The Oath”, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, and “Under the Banner of Heaven”.
Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
- Meredith is the half-sister-in-law of Kate Hudson, Boston Russell, Erinn Bartlett, and Oliver Hudson;
- She likes horseback riding;
- Her sister Kerry was her bridesmaid at her wedding, whom she calls ‘killer maid of honor’;
- When Meredith was younger, she wrote poems, and has even shared pictures of her old journals on her Instagram;
- The actress loves camping and going on adventures; she has a camper van named Carnella with her husband Wyatt;
- Hagner loves animals, dogs in particular;
- She is also a songwriter and a talented amateur musician;
- Meredith shared a one-bedroom apartment with her friend when she lived in New York City;
Appearance, clothing style
Meredith has a light complexion, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Her height isf 5ft 3ins (160cm) and she weighs 123lbs (56kgs). She has a slim figure, which she’s maintained even after her pregnancy. Meredith wears casual clothes when she’s out and about, frequently sporting hoodies, shorts or jeans, and sneakers, and seems to love wearing hats and caps when she’s outside She appears in evening dresses at red-carpet events and in TV shows.
Net worth and salary
As of mid-2022, Meredith Hagner’s net worth is estimated at close to $2 million, most of which she’s earned from her acting career. She also engages in brand partnerships and shares sponsored content on her social media channels. Her husband Wyatt’s net worth is considered to be around $4 million. In 2018, the couple bought a house together in Sherman Oaks, California. In 2022, they listed their Los Angeles bungalow for approx. $2.4 million. They also own a Mercedes Sprinter camper van, which they bought for around $1.7 million.