Check out our interview with talented PARAMOUNT+ hit series YELLOWSTONE actress Orli Gottesman who plays the role of 16 year old, Halie, a confident, fun and outgoing girl who gravitates toward Finn Little’s character, CARTER.
Created by Taylor Sheridan, Yellowstone follows the Dutton Family who own Yellowstone Ranch, which is the largest ranch in Montana. The patriarch of the family, John Dutton (Kevin Costner) who owns the ranch and leads his family through conflicts, difficult times, the national park, the Broken Rock Indian Reservation as well as difficult times throughout with others, including developers.
You may recognize Orli from other projects like 1-800-Hot-Nite, which starred Orli as Britt, Cobra Kai’s Dallas Dupree Young, The Powers, Garrison Machado and Mylen Bradford. The film, which is making its way around film festivals, including the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Follow Orli @orligottesman
How did you get started into acting?
A while back, my sister and I had the opportunity to go to Los Angles for an actors showcase, a bit like a film camp. We were there for about 2 weeks and got to act, take classes and even do a short film, that’s where we got to see a little bit of what the “Hollywood” experience was like, especially being in front of the camera, which is what I love to do. This camp also put together everything that comes with a premiere, a red carpet, photographers, we even got that chance to see the short on the big screen. This entire experience did it for me.
What is the best and worst part of being an actress?
I think there can be a lot of ups and downs in being an actor. You have to learn how to manage being disappointed, especially when you get really close in booking a project. I try to stay positive with every disappointment and know, understand that every experience is bringing me closer to my goal.
How do you prepare for a role?
I usually read a script and do the scenes over and over again. I try to understand what the writer is trying to say in that moment, in that scene. Some roles are harder than others depending on the relatability I have to the character. I always try to do my best and bring the character to light the way I think the storyteller envisions it.
Tell us about your work in the PARAMOUNT hit series “YELLOWSTONE?”
This whole experience has been a dream come true, its crazy to think that I am a part of something so amazing. I play the role of Haile, a 16 year old, independent, confident, outgoing girl who brings out a different side of Carter, a girl who gravitates to him and lets him be himself, come out of his shell. We just got back from the Season 5 Premiere in NYC and it was so cool to be there, surrounded by some of the cast, its going to be such a good season!
What other projects have you been part of?
During Covid we filmed Adeline, a beautiful true story about a medicine horse that introduced me to the world of horses. After that, I filmed a feature that was just released called 1-800-HOT-NITE. It’s a super sweet, true coming of age story about 3 teenage best friends who escape foster care and embark on an urban odyssey and I play the role of Britt in the film. Don’t let the title fool you, it tells a beautiful message and has the sweetest ending.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Honestly, I’d say the satisfaction and relief of when I book something, it’s the most rewarding. I have such a great support system so seeing and knowing it makes my entire family proud is such an accomplishment.
What’s your advice for the newer actors?
To be persistent, work hard and know that there’s a role out there for you, somewhere. This isn’t an easy road to take, you have to really want it. It took me a while to believe that myself, but through experiences It became clearer.
How would your best friend describe you?
I actually ask my friends this a lot..they say i put myself out there and that i have a good sense of humor. Being funny might be my favorite compliment.
What’s next for Orli Gottesman in the last months of 2022 and for 2023?
Lots of school performances and snowboarding!!
What is your favorite healthy food?
I love mango… not sure if it’s that healthy but hey, it’s a fruit.
Monkey Bread, its my kryptonite
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Mac Miller or Freddy Mercury. Definitely best friend material.
Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years from now?
I definitely see myself pursuing acting for as long as I can. I don’t want to jinx anything, but I just hope I’m super successful and happy.
What is your favorite song to belt out in the car/for karaoke?
Definitely Jar of Hearts – Christina Perry.
What do you think of Social Media?
I’m not super immersed in social media. Sadly, I don’t have a TikTok because I know I’d get addicted quick, but I do love Instagram, especially for the animal reels lol.
Where can we follow you?
Book: We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
Quote: “Your thoughts are incredibly powerful. Choose yours wisely.” – Dr. Joe Dispenza
Movie: The Notebook/Enchanted
Tv Series: New Girl
Favorite Food: Sushi
Travel Destination: Colorado for the snow, but I loved italy.
Sports Team: Love tennis – no teams but love Fed and Rafa.