Kiawentiio Plays Katara In ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’: Who Are Parents? Nationality, Age & Net Worth

Canadian actress Kiawentiio Tarbell, famous for Annie with an E and Avatar- The Last Airbender

Kiawentiio, a Canadian-American actress & singer-songwriter, saw her dream come to reality after being cast, as Katara, in the live adaptation of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’.

In her interviews, she often talked about the fierce character of Katara & gushed if she could portray her. Poof!, it’s been fulfilled.

At only 18, she is on hype globally- thanks to the Netflix series of the same name of animated series, Avatar.

Given Kiawentiio’s on-screen potential with Anne with an E (2019) and Beans (2020), her upgrade to success was bound to happen.

Where Is Kiawentiio Tarbell From? Ethnicity & Nationality

Kiawentioo is from Akwesasne, a First Nations reserve that is located on both sides of the Canada–United States border. She was born into a Mohawk family, an Iroquoian-speaking Indigenous people of North America.

Her full name is Kiawentiio Tarbell, and she goes by her mononymous name, which is pronounced: “Kiawenti: io”. The meaning of her name is “nice morning” in Kanienʼkéha.

She has mixed ethnicity with Asian roots, from her mother’s side. As for her nationality, the Beans actress has dual citizenship, Canadian-American.

What Is Kiawentiio’s Age & Height In 2024?

The Anne with an E actress was born in 2006. Her birthday falls on April 28, and her zodiac sign is Taurus.

As of 2024, Kiawentiio is 18 years old. The black-haired and brown-eyed actress has a height of 5 feet 3 inches (1.6 m).

Kiawentiio Tarbell’s Parents And Siblings Details!

Tarbell is the youngest of three children of her Canadian parents, Corey and Barbara Tarbell. She has an eldest sister, Kasennakohe David (b. 1994), and an elder brother Rasentonkwa Tarbell (b. August 1998).

Her sister, Kasennnakoha, lives in Hogansburg, New York with her husband, Tyler Laffin (married in July 2018). They share two kids. She is a graduate of McMaster University.

Her brother, Rasentonkwa, an Algonquin College alum, also lives in Hogansburg, New York.

Actress Kiawentiio with her older brother and sister
Actress Kiawentiio with her older brother and sister | Source: Facebook

The actress’ father, Corey, works as an Infrastructure Specialist at Ontario First Nation Technical Services Corporation (OFN TSC).

Moreover, he serves as a volunteer firefighter and building inspector for his community, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, according to his LinkedIn.

Her dad is a 1992 graduate of Salmon High School. Later, he enrolled at the Academy of Learning College in Cornwall and obtained a Diploma in Home Inspection.

Kiawentiio with her parents
Kiawentiio with her parents, Corey and Barbara | Source: Facebook

As for Kiawentiio’s mother, Barbara (birthday on April 18) serves as Akwesasne Cultural Restoration director of Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. Formerly, she served as its program manager.

Unlike her husband, Barbara is not active on Facebook, but he often shares pictures of hers & their actress daughter on the platform. Even if she has an Instagram account (@katenies1), she has switched to private.

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Career Breakthrough With ‘Anne with an E’: Movies And TV Roles

Kiawentiio Tarbell earned her career breakthrough as the recurring cast Ka’kwet in the series Anne with an E in Season 3 in 2019.

There, she worked with stars like Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, and Dalila Bela. It won her the 2019 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award.

A creative arts enthusiast, the Akwesasne-born learned about an open call for a character in the Netflix series, and that’s how her acting journey began. As reported, she snatched the role of Ka’kwet from 200 indigenous Canadian actresses who auditioned.

For the role, she learned to speak the Miꞌkmaq language and read about their tribe, history, and culture.

Tarbell as Ka'kwet in Annie with an E
Tarbell as Ka’kwet in Annie with an E | Source: Twitter

Then, in 2020, Tarbell booked her first-ever film role as the titular character in Beans co-starring Rainbow Dickerson and Violah Beauvais.

It followed her two-episode appearance as Maya Thomas in Rutherford Falls (2022) and voice-over of Wahta in the animated anthology series, What If…? (2023).

Kiawentiio As Katara In ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’

In August 2021, Tarbell was named the main cast, Katara, a waterbender, in the Netflix live-adaptation series, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The action-adventure fantasy series brings other animated casts into real life, with Gordon Cormier (as Aang), Ian Ousley (as Sokka), Dallas Liu (as Prince Zuko), Elizabeth Yu (as Princess Azula), and Daniel Dae Kim (as Fire Lord Ozai).

Kiawentiio portrays Katara in the Netflix series Avatar- The Last Airbender
Kiawentiio portrays Katara in the Netflix series Avatar- The Last Airbender | Source: IMDB

The Netflix series Avatar: The Last Airbender consists of eight episodes (premiere date: February 22, 2024).

Other casts in the series include Ken Leung, Amber Midthunder, Yvonne Chapman, and Momona Tamada, to name a few.

Who Is Kiawentiio Tarbell’s Boyfriend?

The Rutherford Falls actress doesn’t have a publicly disclosed boyfriend at the moment. Kiwentiioo seemingly prioritizes her acting career over buzzing the media with her dating story.

Since her Avatar character Katara falls in love with the protagonist Aang, some fans allege that the chemistry could turn into reality. So, they are already shipping Kiawentiio with her co-star, Gordon Cormier, who plays Aang in the series.

But it’s only a speculation- who knows what the future has to offer.

Is She Active On Instagram?

Tarbell is an avid social media user. She is active on Instagram (@kiawentiio) and TikTok (@nicemorning_).

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Kiawentiio’s Net Worth In 2024

Given her notable works in Anne with an E, Beans, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, she earned fame and a considerable amount of money. As of 2024, Kiawentiio Tarbell has an estimated net worth of $100,000.

Aside from being an actress, she is a singer and songwriter. She has an eponymous YouTube channel and has released songs: Light at the End, In what world, Saying Goodnight, and This Moment.

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