Biography of Viveca Paulin Ferrell, Will Ferrell’s wife

Born Viveca Birgitta Paulin on 24 April 1969, celebrity spouse Viveca Ferrell is a Swedish film and TV actress best known as American actor and comedian Will Ferrell’s wife. The 52-year-old who was born in Askim, Göteborg och Bohus län, Sweden, is also an art auctioneer and producer. She met Will Ferrell in 1995 while they both attended acting classes. They started as friends and have, as of today, been married for two decades. Her marriage with Will has produced three lovely boys, whom we will learn about in the course of this article.

After graduating from the university, Viveca started pursuing her professional career as an art auctioneer. She got a job at Butterfield & Butterfield, a functioning auction house. After working there for a while, she moved on to another auction house called Bonhams. In 2012, Viveca joined the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then in 2013, she founded its Contemporary Friends. She currently works at the Los Angeles Modern Auctions.

Yes, Viveca is made more popular by her involvement with Will Ferrell, who is inarguably more famous, but she is herself a celebrity in every meaning of the word. We will now learn more about her career, family, and relationship with Will Ferrell. Firstly, here are some facts you probably didn’t know about her.

10 facts about Viveca Paulin

  1. Paulin, above all else, has a great interest in the history of art, and this has influenced her career choice and path; she has worked with some of the most prestigious art houses.
  2. In 2013, to introduce more artists to the LACMA’s art collection, she founded the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Contemporary Friends.
  3. She first met Will Ferrell in 1995 and eventually married him in 2000 after remaining friends from a distance over some time.
  4. Viveca Paulin shares three children with her husband, Magnus, Mattias, and Axel, born in 2004, 2006, and 2010 respectively.
  5. Interestingly, her third son Axel Paulin Ferrell was born a few hours after making an appearance alongside Will on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
  6. Viveca and her husband performed a cover song titled “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
  7. In 2017, Viveca and Will Ferrell funded a scholarship program at the University of Southern California dedicated to women’s soccer.
  8. Though very famous, Viveca has been intentional about keeping her life as private as possible; because of this, she is not active on any social media platform.
  9. Paulin made her acting debut in 1997 and has since appeared in several small parts in film and television, including A Night at the RoxburyMartial Law, and then some.
  10. According to many sources, Viveca Paulin currently has a net worth of about $5 million.

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Viveca Paulin early life and education

Paulin holds both Swedish and American nationalities and belongs to the White Caucasian ethnic group. She spent her early years in her hometown of Askim, Sweden, and was raised by her parents, whose names and details are not available to the public. It’s also unclear if she has siblings or not. As for her education, Viveca attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, from where she graduated with a degree in Art History in 1991.


Viveca ventured into the field of art auctioneering after leaving college. She started her professional career at Butterfield & Butterfield, a renowned auction house. Viveca worked there for a few years before moving to Bonhams, another auction house. She became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012, and in the following year, she founded its Contemporary Friends. Viveca currently works at the Los Angeles Modern Auctions.

As an actress, she started her career in 1997. Viveca made her film debut as an auctioneer in the 1997 action comedy film Money Talks, alongside Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen. In 1998, she made a guest appearance as an auctioneer in the episode “Bad Seed” of the CBS action-adventure comedy series Martial Law. Viveca featured alongside her husband in the comedy film A Night At The Roxbury, where she played the role of a Porsche girl.

Viveca made her debut as a producer with the 2006 coming-of-age comedy-drama film Nail Polish, directed by Jane Ainbinder. She then went on a long hiatus and returned with a guest appearance as Annika Bjornberg in the episode “Sk8” of the TV Land comedy-drama series Younger. In 2018, she featured as an art auctioneer in the Disney computer-animated comedy film Ralph Breaks The Internet.

As Will Ferrell wife

Will and Viveca first started seeing each other after meeting in an acting class in 1995. After initially dating for a short while, they both decided to just be friends. She was a good friend to Will and supported him when he needed help with rent at a time when he was pursuing his acting career. She even helped him secure a typing job. Will’s breakthrough came with a job on Saturday Night Live, which saw him relocate to New York City, but they stayed in touch nonetheless.

The two pursued separate romantic relationships, even though they still nursed feelings for each other. In an interview with Elle, Will said: “I was in another relationship, and Viv and I would talk as friends for two hours, and it would feel like five minutes, and then my girlfriend would call, and after 15 minutes I’d be like, ‘God, it’s really late here on the East Coast. I should get some sleep.’ For me, Viv was the one that got away.”

They eventually went on a date years later, and both expressed their desire to be together. The two started dating, and when the time came to propose, Will had them revisit a beach where they had gone on one of their first dates. “She wanted none of it. She was like, ‘The beach is creepy at night.’ I was like, ‘Shut up, this is supposed to be really romantic,'” Will told People, speaking about the proposal. “I was trying to think of what I was going to say, and it just turned into, ‘So I, uh, really like you and, uh, anyway …’… So it was kind of funny, but not on purpose.”

Will Ferrell children

Will Ferrell and Viveca Paulin Ferrell kids

Viveca and Will exchanged their vows in 2000, and they had their first child, Magnus, together in 2004. Two years after welcoming Magnus, the couple had a second son, Mattias, and in 2010, they had their third child, Axel. They all appeared on the red carpet at the premiere of Daddy’s Home 2 in 2017.

Magnus Ferrell

Born 7 March 2004, Magnus Paulin Ferrell, known as Magnus Ferrell, is an American native actor. He is the first child of Will and Viveca Ferrell. As a child actor, he acted in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) and in the documentary If You Build The House They Will Come (2017). Apart from acting, Magnus has also shown interest in singing. He shares videos of himself doing covers to different songs on his Instagram page, and it is quite enjoyable. The teenager has also been said to have a sense of humor, just like his dad.

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Mattias and Axel Ferrell

Born 30 December 2006, Mattias Ferrell is the second child of Will and Viveca Ferrell. His name, which means Gift of God, was inspired by his mom’s Swedish heritage. Like his elder brother, Mattias appeared in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues but hasn’t shown any much signs of wanting to be an actor. He schools in an undisclosed local school in LA.

Born 24 January 2010, Axel Paulin Ferrell is the last born of the family. He came to the world only hours after his dad’s final performance as Free Bird on Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. His mom was also on the show that night and went into labor not long after it ended. He made his first appearance was in the film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, where he starred alongside his two brothers Mattias and Magnus, as a Sea world kid. He loves to watch basketball with his dad and has been spotted with him at many games.

Will Ferrell movies

Born 16 July 1967, Will Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. Will started performing comedy skits in his school. However, he did not want to do show business as his father, who was a musician, never got his paychecks on time. He moved to Los Angeles after graduation and joined the comedy group Groundlings on, as advised by his mom. Will got his break when he was spotted by SNL producer Lorne Michaels, and he went on to host the show for seven years. During his time with the popular American franchise, the actor got voted as the show’s best cast member of all time.

Ferrell on SNL


Post SNL, he has starred in many popular films that went on to become commercial as well as critical hits. Will started writing screenplays and soon joined hands with Adam Mckay to open a production company called Gary Sanchez Productions. Other than entertainment, he is known to be a good baseball player. He also does a lot of charity work, donating to different charities over the years.

To mention a few, Will Ferrell has starred in films like Austin Powers: International Man of MysteryA Night at the Roxbury (1998), Superstar (1999), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Zoolander (2001), Old School (2003), Elf (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), The Producers (2005), The Campaign (2012), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), The Lego Movie (2014), Get Hard (2015), Daddy’s Home (2015), Zoolander 2 (2016), and Daddy’s Home 2 (2017).

Will Ferrell net worth

Ferrell currently has a net worth of $160 million. He has been a part of many commercially successful films and is one of the highest-paid actors in the business. He featured in the original Elf film, which is considered one of the most successful Christmas movies of all time. In fact, he turned down a $29 million paycheck to feature in Elf 2 because he didn’t think it was a good film, and he would have found it hard to promote it.

Viveca Paulin net worth

Viveca, as earlier stated, has a net worth of $5 million. She has had a successful career as an art auctioneer, actress, and producer, all of which have formed her main sources of income.


Viveca is almost an all-around artist slash entertainer. Her successes in the many fields she’s operated in says she was born for this. As for her personal life, it won’t be too much to say she got it right. Viveca is married to her bestie and is blessed with three beautiful children. In a world where perfection is unattainable, this may well be as close as one gets.

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