Maya Gilbert started her career in front of the camera appearing on hit shows such as Southland, Banshee, Harry’s Law, and The Mentalist. But, only after her marriage to actor Rockmond Dunbar did she rise into prominence.
Maya’s husband Rockmond, is an American actor, best known for his roles in different series and dramas. He played Baines on the NBC series Earth 2, Kenny Chadway on Soul Food, and C-Note on the Fox crime drama Prison Break. Dunbar also played FBI Agent Abe Gaines in the Hulu series The Path and Michael Grant on 9-1-1.
We know Maya as Rockmond Dunbar’s wife, but what is she like? What was Maya Gilbert like growing up? How has her relationship with Rockmond changed her life? Let’s answer these queries along with facts about Maya’s childhood, her early life, profession, past relationships, and news about her lovely children.
Maya Gilbert’s Early Life And Childhood
Maya Dunbar was born Mata Delete Gilbert on the 13th of May in 1983. She was born to a Creole (French and African American) father and an Irish/Native American mother, though, Maya’s parent’s name hasn’t been revealed yet.
She was born in the USA and is of American nationality. Maya also revealed that initially, her name was going to be Ashley. Then her mother after reading, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, decided to name her after the famed author, Maya Angelou.
Maya’s childhood remains shrouded in mystery, but we do know she was born in Kent, Ohio in the United States. Interestingly enough, her grandfather was an Irish man who later moved to the US during his late teens. We don’t know much about her childhood, but both her parents were present while Maya Gilbert was growing up.
What Does Maya Gilbert Do For A Living – Her Career
Maya Gilbert by profession is an actor, producer, and writer. But she started her career as an actor. Since the start of her acting career in 2004, she has appeared in a lot of TV series and shorts.
In the beginning, Maya struggled a lot. As a nurse, she played in the American daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. But in the year 2008, she got her big break and got to play in the famous American TV series, Sex Chronicles where she acted, for two years.
Maya has appeared in movies and TV shows like General Hospital in 2004 for two years, Eve in 2006, The DL Chronicles in 2007, The Broken Hearts Club in 2009, Busted in 2007, and many more in between. She has also been credited in The Rearing, Bluff City Law and For Richer or Poorer as a writer.
Even though Maya Gilbert started her career as an actor, she has since transitioned into writing. In 2017, Maya along with her husband Rockmond opened a production company called MyRock Ent. In addition to writing, she also does production alongside her partner and husband, actor Rockmond Dunbar in their company.
Maya Gilbert Is Married And Has Children
Maya Gilbert and Rockmond Dunbar started their love story in early 2012. After not even one year of dating, on December 30th, 2012 Rockmond proposed to Maya. Their engagement took place in Montego Bay, Jamaica and the couple soon tied the knot on the 8th of June in 2013, in a private marriage ceremony.
The ring Rockmond gave his wife Maya, was reportedly 10 carat. The 10-carat ring was comprised of a 5-carat cushion-cut fancy yellow diamond set in 18k gold accompanied by 21 cushions cut diamonds to complete the 5-carat band.
Rockmond And Maya’s Children
Soon after their marriage, on December 6, 2013, Maya Gilbert gave birth to her first child, a daughter, who the couple named Berkeley Seon Dunbar. Three years later on February 6, 2016, the couple gave birth to another child. The lovebirds later decided to name the child Czar Rockmond Dunbar.
Not long after Czar’s birth, Maya Gilbert delivered their third child in July of 2017. Maya along with her husband Rockmond decided to name the child Pharaoh Dunbar. Finally, the Dunbar family was blessed with their final child, on April Fool’s Day in 2019, which the couple named Sultan Mosiah Dao Dunbar. Since Sultan was born on April Fool’s day, the couple labeled him “Our Nobody’s fool, April Fool’s Baby.”
Currently, the family of six is living a happy life together. Maya Gilbert remains very secretive about her and her children’s personal life.
Maya Gilbert’s Past Relationships
The mother of four was previously in a relationship with actor and comedian Eddie Murphy. The two started dating in March of 2010. But just two months later Maya Gilbert and Eddie split.
Maya went on to find her true love in Rockmond, two years after her split with Eddie.
Similar to his wife Maya, Rockmond had also been in a relationship with Machiko Harris from 2006 to 2012. But sadly their relationship did not last. Moreover, in 2003 Rockmond married actress Ivy Holmes, but the couple filed for divorce in 2006.
Maya Gilbert is an actor and a writer. Until 2017, she was working as an actor. But after the birth of her third child in 2017, she along with her husband opened a production company.
Through these avenues, she has amassed a net worth of under $400,000 as of 2022.
Maya’s husband Rockmond on the other hand has amassed a net worth of over $2 million through his successful acting career.
Maya’s Social Media And Ethnicity
The former actress is not on any social media. Maya Gilbert was on Instagram and Twitter but has now deactivated her account. Her Twitter handle was @MrsMayaDunbar.
Rockmond’s wife Maya stands at around 1.63 meters tall. She has natural back hair and a pair of black eyes. Maya is of mixed ethnicity, she is of mixed French, African, Irish, and Native American descent.
Fun Facts About Maya Gilbert
Maya was the runner-up on the first season of I want to Be A Soap Star.
She is the mother of four, along with her husband Rockmond Dunbar.
She follows “Winners lose more than losers win” as her life motto.
Maya Gilbert’s favorite personal quote is,
“I don’t live with regrets. I don’t believe in them. Life is about choices and then adjusting to those choices and their outcomes. I can’t please everyone but I can please myself.”
Her grandfather moved to the USA from Ireland, in his late teens.