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It looks like Iva Coulter, the Executive Director of Talent Acquisition at Netflix, has an eye for spotting a lot more than just ‘talent.’ She met Mike Colter 16 years ago when he was a struggling grad student in university, and she has stuck by him through his ups and downs.

It’s unfortunate that the gorgeous couple have been criticized for being together, solely because of the color of their skin. When Mike Colter was a guest on The Wendy Williams Show, some of the audience members even stopped clapping when a picture of his wife Iva was shown on screen. (Is it not 2017? How is this an issue?) Mike Colter was questioned about the incident on The Wendy Williams Show in a later interview, and he fired back at the haters with his wise words. “I love my [African-American] sisters. People always go, ‘Man that’s his type.’ If somebody caught a sista walking around with a 6’7″ brother, is that her type? Next week you see her walking with a short guy or Spanish guy — do we have to have a type? I’m a human being,” he said.

“I look at people for character and what’s inside. Physically — that’s one thing — but you gotta be on the same page. I met my wife when I was struggling in grad school. She stuck with me for 16 years,” Colter explained.

It’s true; the long-time couple have been each other’s support systems for the better part of two decades, so it came as no surprise that Colter’s wife would support him for the role of Luke Cage, the roll that could be the one to catapult his career as an actor. As executive director of Talent Acquisition for Netflix, Iva Colter knew exactly who to cast for the lead. So, we know she’s Mike Colter’s wife, we know she’s a Netflix exec, but what else do we know about her? Find out more, right here in our Iva Colter wiki.


Who is Iva Colter?

Iva Colter was born in the state of New Jersey, as Iva Popovicova in 1975, making Iva Colter’s age 42. After high school, she went to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick, and got her PhD there. It was while she was at Rutgers that she met her future husband, Mike Colter. She also holds a Masters in Arts in Gender and Culture from CEU (Central European University).

Mike Colter and Iva Colter

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Moving Up the Corporate Ladder

Iva Colter has all it takes to make it big in the corporate world. After university, she worked as a senior executive search consultant for 6 years from 2006 to 2012. From there, she moved into a management role as Assistant Vice-President of Recruiting at Ares Management, in Century City. Two years later, she moved to L.A., where she joined Netflix Inc. as Manager of Talent Acquisition in 2014. Her skills and talent were instantly recognized and within 17 months of joining Netflix, she was promoted to her current position of Director of Talent Acquisition. In between her rise up the corporate ladder, Iva also had time to go back to Rutgers University, where she was a professor in the English department. Though she’s probably making a pretty penny at Netflix, it is not known what Iva Colter’s net worth is at this time. Her husband’s, however, is already estimated at $2.0 million, so the two are doing quite alright!

Iva Colter’s Personal Life

Iva Colter met Mike Colter in College, when Mike was a struggling grad. Mike has never forgotten how Iva used to be his pillar, not just during his college days, but even in his struggling days before he made it big in Hollywood. Her 16 years of standing by him was justly rewarded when the couple married in 2016. But while the couple was happy, the same could not be said of others. There was a lot of criticism about their interracial marriage. In fact, in a TV poll titled “Luke Cage’s Got A White Wife — Mad Or Nah?”, 21% of the people actually voted against the couple. Sad but true.

The couple was saddened that in spite of today’s day and age, there is still such negativism about interracial marriages, but they did not let all the negativity get them down. They tend to stay away from social media; Iva Colter’s Instagram account doesn’t even exist! They are focused on their own happiness, which includes Mike and Iva’s kid, a daughter they had a couple years ago. There are pics of her you can scope out online, and boy is she adorable! As a couple, they give more importance to each other’s inner self and character than the color of each other’s skin. In Mike’s own words, “People don’t understand [that] when it comes to being with somebody long term, it’s way more than skin color that’s gonna make it work,” adding,Love is Love.” 


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