Nia Long Net Worth

Nia Long arrives at the Have a Little Faith Premiere

Have you ever wondered what is the net worth of Nia Long? As an American actress and music director, Nia Long has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment industry for well over two decades—and her net worth is proof of that.

Nia Long rose to stardom after landing a role in the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1991 to 1995) and the film Boyz n the Hood (1991).

Since then, she became a “staple” in Black cinema, appearing in iconic films like The Best Man (1999), Big Momma’s House (2000), and more.

Today, she’s known to be one of Hollywood’s biggest pop icons and still stars in the occasional film and TV series, like NCIS: Los Angeles (2017 to 2018), Empire (2017), and Dear White People (2017 to 2021).

As of May 2023, Nia Long’s net worth is around $6 to $7 million. This article discusses how she’s succeeded in her work as an actress, video artist, motivator, and TV personality.

Early Life

Nia long was born on October 30, 1970, to Talita Long and Doughtry Long in Brooklyn, New York City.

She didn’t have the easiest time growing up, as her parents divorced when she was only two years old.

As a young girl, she sought solace in extra-curricular school activities, such as dancing, art, and acting, which she became quite fond of. She also took on tap, ballet, guitar, gymnastics, and jazz.

Suffice it to say, she was an incredibly ambitious and creative student. She graduated with honors from Westchester High School, LA, in 1989.

Early Career

Nia Long’s mother, Talita Long, supported her throughout her acting career.

She starred in her very first “official” role in 1986 in the Disney movie The B.R.A.T. Patrol. She then took on a role in the 1990 horror thriller Buried Alive, where she was able to demonstrate her superior acting skills.

Nia Long received a staggering amount of positive feedback, which was a huge accomplishment for any budding actress. It was because of this feedback that she was given the chance to appear alongside Will Smith in the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

During the early years of her career, Nia Long wasn’t given a lot of major roles in Hollywood. But that didn’t stop her from pursuing her dreams.

She put in considerable effort to make it big, auditioning for smaller roles until she eventually landed a role in Boyz n the Hood.

Thanks to her work ethic and talent, Nia Long’s career in Hollywood flourished. She later appeared in dozens of TV shows, including Third Watch, Boston Legal, and NCIS: Los Angeles among others. She also became a TV host and occasional music director.

Awards And Nominations

Nia Long has received dozens of awards and nominations throughout her acting career.

She was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in the comedy series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1996) and Outstanding Lead Actress in Love Jones (1998).

Then, she was given the award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture in her role in The Best Man (1999) and Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series in Third Watch (1999, 2004, and 2005).

In 2014, she became the first black woman to be named the face of White Diamonds fragrance by Elizabeth Taylor. 

Other awards include:

  • Winner of Theatrical Best Actress in The Best Man (1999)
  • Nominee of Favorite Comedy Actress in Big Momma’s House (2000)
  • Winner of Black Star Awards Star of the Year (2000) 
  • Best Supporting Actress in Alfie (2004)
  • Nominee of Best Actress in Mooz-Lum (2010)
  • Winner of Best Actress in The Best Man Holiday (2013) 

These awards are merely the tip of the iceberg. She continues to receive prominent awards to this day, though not as much as she did in her prime.

Current Career

Nia Long at the 14th Annual Susan G. Komen LA County Race for the Cure, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Nia Long is still working as an actress and TV personality for Hollywood, but she’s opted for a more low-key lifestyle. She doesn’t take on as many roles as she did before, preferring to sit in the driver’s seat of her career.

Currently, Nia Long is a motivational speaker for Sterling Children’s Home in Barbatos. She’s also an advocate for underprivileged children in small Caribbean islands, providing them with the necessary supplies to continue schooling.

Moreover, she’s a promoter for PETA. She believed that “all things that have been given life deserve to live life.”

To prove how committed she is to the welfare of animals, she posed naked on a subway train for a PETA ad with the tagline, “I’d rather go naked than wear fur.”

Nia Long Net Worth 2023

As of May 2023, Nia Long’s net worth is around $6 to $7 million for her work as an actress, video artist, motivator, and TV personality.

She makes about $1 million a year through acting, brand endorsements, and other ventures. She appears in dozens of TV ads for Target, Old Spice, and other companies.

She’s also the Brand Ambassador of White Diamonds Elizabeth Taylor Perfume Fragrance, where she receives a generous commission annually.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are Ime Udoka and Nia Long still together?

Ime Udoka and Nia Long have been together since 2010 when coincidentally, they met in Boston.

Does Sommore and Nia Long have a relationship?

Actress Nia Long and comedian Sommore are actually half-sisters, sharing the same father, poet Doughtry “Doc” Long. 

Key Takeaways

Stay Humble

She does her own deep cleaning—we’re talking about on your hands and knees with yellow gloves deep cleaning. Even being such a big name in Hollywood, she never had her own chef or driver.

Be Bold

Even though she took a break from her acting career due to her pregnancy and was at the peak of her career. After 7 years, she re-emerged on the big screen in the hit flick “Are we there yet”

Give back

As one of the most popular black actresses in Hollywood, this figure might seem a bit “low” compared to her colleagues. However, Nia Long is more focused on giving back to the community rather than big roles in the film industry. She’s a motivator, a PETA promoter, and an advocate for underprivileged children.