Who is Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan? All About Helen Hunt’s Daughter

By Prithvi Singh | Published on: March 5, 2024 | Updated on: March 5, 2024
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Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan is an actress, artist, and musician. She rose to prominence as the daughter of Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Helen Hunt and film director and writer Matthew Carnahan.

Please read the article thoroughly to engulf yourself with some interesting facts about the celebrity daughter including her early life, career, and more.

Key Takeaways

  • The celebrity child Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan is 19 years old in 2023.
  • Makena is an actress, musician, and artist by profession.
  • She currently resides in her hometown Los Angeles. 
  • Her parents Helen and Matthew have never married.  

Is A Los Angeles Native

Born on May 13, 2004, in Beverly Hills California, the star kid Makena is currently in her adolescence. She is the daughter of Helen Hunt and Matthew Carnahan. Similarly, her zodiac sign is Taurus.

Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan's childhood.
Makena with her mother, Helen Hunt.

Furthermore, the celebrity kid is an American by nationality and Caucasian by ethnicity. Makena spent her childhood in her hometown and has had a passion for music from a very young age. Growing up, she took singing and piano lessons and could hear all sorts of harmonies.

Moreover, she would start humming and creating a melody after hearing a song played by her mother.

Name Meaning

Her name ‘Makena’ originated from a town in Maui, Hawaii. Similarly, her middle name comes from her maternal grandfather, TV director Gordon Hunt. Likewise, during an interview with TODAY, a representative said that the rising star arrived a couple of weeks early and weighed around 6 pounds.

Her Academic Qualifications

Makena is a well-educated person. She went to Waldorf School until 8th grade getting accounted with art. Similarly, Carnahan graduated from Crossroads School and is currently studying at Northwestern University.

Is A Multi-Talented Individual: Her Career Details

She is an uprising actress, musician, and artist. According to her website makenaleicarnahan.org, Makena started her musical journey at a very tender age. She took piano and singing lessons every week and is very passionate about her musical career.

Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan is an actress and musician
She is an actress, artist, and musician.

Furthermore, Carnahan has been working with her best friend, Rhea Garten in creating and writing mindblowing music for a while now. The two even have a band named Thea. Likewise, on July 28, 2022, her father, Matthew shared a post to show his support on their July EP. He wrote,

 “July, new EP drop by Thea…stunning work by @makenalei and @rheagarten …beautiful and elegiac and sweet and sad and surprising… harmonies that sound like a till now-unwritten Appalachian folk song. So proud of you guys.”

Carnahan is an Actress Too

Similarly, the Beverly Hills born is also an aspiring actress. Makena has acted in a handful of movies and TV series. She made her first appearance in Ride, a comedy-drama movie in 2014 where she played a young girl in a plane.

In 2018, the upcoming star played Ruby in the movie The Miracle Season alongside her mother, Helen Hunt. Moreover, in 2019, she appeared in the TV series Mad About You.

Besides this, Helen’s daughter is also into art. She took art classes in junior high school and has been drawing ever since. According to her, art is a form of an escape route that has let her magically view the world.

Parents Were Never Married

Makena’s father and mother met in the late 1990s. They started dating in 2001 and were together for almost 16 years before calling it quits. However, Helen and Matthew were never married. They became parents to their only daughter three years later in 2004.

Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan parents
They dated for sixteen years before calling it quits.

The family of three was having a blast and fans were eager to hear the news of their marriage. But, everything turned upside down as the couple decided to part ways 16 years later in August 2017.

Helen And Her Ex-Beau Had A Messy Breakup

As mentioned early, the award-winning actress, Helen, and her longtime boyfriend Matthew Carnahan parted ways after dating for sixteen years. The former lovebirds were pretty silent about their breakup at first but soon fans got to know about the reason behind their split with many calling it a messy breakup.

In an interview with E! News, a source close to the couple said that the two had somewhat of an on-and-off relationship and had stayed together only because of their daughter. He said,

“She has been split up with Matthew for several months. They had a rocky relationship and many offs and ons over the years. They stayed together as long as they did because of their daughter. They’ve split up before, but this time seems to be different.”

The As Good as It Gets actress was previously married to Hank Azaria. The duo walked down the aisle in 1999 but decided to call it quits 17 months later. At present, Helen is dating Steven Tepper. Makane also approves of her mother’s newfound love and thinks she deserves happiness.

On the other hand, Matthew was previously married to Honor Molly. They were married for a year from 1983 to 1984. Likewise, the ex-husband and wife are parents to their son Emmett Carnahan born in 1998. He is 25 years old and is an actor by profession.

Makena Shares A Great Bond With Both Of Her Parents

The Miracle Season actress shares a great bond and understanding with her parents. Similarly, Hunt and Carnahan love their daughter dearly and constantly share photos of her on their social media accounts.

Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan with her parents.
She has a great bonding with both of her parents.

Makena’s bond with her mom and dad is so strong that despite their separation they have been pictured multiple times together with their beloved daughter at first glance it doesn’t look like the pair have already parted ways.

Is Dating Anyone In 2023?

The star kid is very private when talking about her personal life, much so about her love life. She hasn’t shared any bits of information regarding the subject matter, making it impossible for us to know if she is single or dating anyone.

Besides, if you ask us, we think that Makena is single and focusing on her career and studies rather than trying to be romantically linked to someone.

Is Makena On Instagram?

Yes, she is active on Insta under the username @makenalei. Ms. Carnahan has 77 posts and 2275 followers as of this writing. She frequently posts pictures with her friends. Her latest post was on June 20, 2023.

Makena’s Mother And Father Both Are Multi-Millionaires

Regarding Makena’s net worth, it is believed that she has a total fortune of around $100,000 which she has managed to earn thanks to her career. Whereas, both of her parents are multi-millionaires. Her father has a net worth of $20 million and her mother has a whopping $75 million.