Madelaine Petsch & Brother Shaun Were Encouraged By Parents To Get Into Arts

Encouragement from mom and dad helped her and her brother pursue their dreams!

‘The Strangers: Chapter 1’ actress Madelaine Petsch grew up with an older brother, Shawn Petsch, under the care of their South African parents.

Key Takeaways

  • Madelaine Petsch has an older brother, Shaun Petsch, a business graduate and a fan of metal music.
  • They were raised by father Timothy S Petsch and mother Michele Petsch, who migrated from South Africa.
  • Since Timothy and Michele were also into music and the arts, they encouraged their children to pursue careers in these fields.

Although the siblings were born in Port Orchard, Washington, the Petsch family often traveled to their home country for the first ten years of their lives.

The “Riverdale” actress says that her South African heritage has kept her humble:

When I went back to Africa to see my family, and I really saw poverty at a young age, I was able to be so much more appreciative and grateful for what I had, and my parents made sure to instill that in me.

Madelaine Petsch

Surprisingly, both of her parents were in the same band and had a recording studio in their house.

This led Madelaine and Shaun to emerge into arts as their folks instructed.

Having a supportive parents really changed her trajectory:

I was lucky enough to have parents who believed in the arts and wanted to see me succeed in them and basically put all of their free time and mine into working towards my goals.

Madelaine Petsch

Details Of Her Brother

Shawn Petsch, 32, is a business management graduate of Tacoma Community College. He is easily recognizable due to his nose piercing and earplugs.

An avid metal and rock fan, the gay brother also enjoys gaming and cosplaying for conventions.

Although it is unknown whether he is in a relationship or not, Shaun is a dog parent to a Cockapoo named Pierre.

His Facebook profile shows he works as a Budtender at Pot Zone starting May 29, 2016.

Before that, Shaun was a Logistics Coordinator at TMI Salt Pure Corporation (2014 – 2015) and a Counselor at Boys & Girls Clubs of America (2013 – 2014).

Parents Still Live In Port Orchard

Her parents, Timothy S Petsch and Michele Petsch, are from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and they married on November 10, 1990.

The couple still reside in Port Orchard, Washington, and have a business in the state.

Mr. and Mrs. Petsch co-founded a company called “TMI Sustainable Aquatics.”

Michele is a financial/marketing director responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Meanwhile, Timothy is the managing director, responsible for the company’s technical side, focusing on relationships that drive revenue.

Timothy takes pride in his daughter’s accomplishment, as mentioned by him in his LinkedIn post:

Michele and I are very proud of our daughter; she has shown what it takes to be successful: courage, tenacity, and the unerring ability to keep her focus on her dream, no matter the naysayers and obstacles. 😍

Timothy S Petsch

In Case You Didn’t Know

  • Madelaine Petsch and her brother were raised on a plant-based diet by her parents.
  • Her mother completed her Bachelor of Arts in 1981 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal with an Honors degree in Economic History.
  • Petsch is dating her boyfriend, Anthony Li; they were friends for nine years before dating.


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