Sitcom takes North Texas actress Hayley Orrantia on a time trip
Hayley Orrantia, who co-stars in ABCs life-in-the-80s comedy The Goldbergs, didnt personally experience the decade they are re-creating on TV.
The native North Texan is just 19, after all.
So there are times when her reaction to what theyre filming is utter dismay.
It usually has to do with the fashions or the hairstyles, she says. The clothes they wore were outrageous. And the hair, all the teasing! Oh, my gosh! I look at it and go, Wow, yall really did that?
But life on the set of The Goldbergs, which premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday, means more than just 80s history lessons. For Orrantia, who got her start as a singer, its also an on-the-job acting class.
Every day, I soak up so much, she says. The only acting Id ever done before this were two commercials and an independent film back in Lewisville, Texas. I was on X-Factor, too (in Season 1, as part of the girl group Lakoda Rayne), but thats just music. I couldnt be happier.
We chatted with Orrantia, who grew up in Highland Village, about the new gig.
How did you get the role of Erica Goldberg, sassy 17-year-old?
I came out to Los Angeles in January just to take acting classes. I wasnt planning on doing any auditions. But my agent kept telling me, You need to audition for this new show. I read the script, and I thought it was hilarious.
So I put myself through the process of auditions and callbacks and screen tests, and I ended up getting the part, which is amazing. Then the show got picked up, which is even more amazing.
Getting the opportunity to do this, since Ive watched sitcoms my whole life and fantasized about being in one, and now its actually happening its crazy and kind of hard to believe.
What is it like living in a make-believe version of the 1980s?
It feels almost like Im growing up in the 80s now, because Im surrounded 360 by nothing but 80s stuff, whether its the outfits or the hair and makeup or the furniture or just the crazy wallpaper. Its really cool.
There also have been a few articles of clothing that Ive asked, Is there any way I can take this home? High-waisted shorts are definitely back in and there were a ton of cute high-waisted shorts that they put me in. I know I make fun of the clothes, but some of the things, Im like, Thats adorable!
How often, if at all, do you come back to Texas?
My mom and dad still live there and I have a ton of friends there, because I grew up in Texas my whole life. Ive lived out in California full time for only two or three months. I definitely plan on making a good amount of trips back when I can, because Texas is home, my first home, and that wont ever change.
Many North Texans know you already, thanks to events where you sang the national anthem (at FC Dallas, Frisco Roughriders and Fort Worth Brahmas games), as well as for performing on the main stage at the Texas State Fair. Does your acting career mean youre through with music?
Im definitely continuing with music. I plan to keep writing original music while the shows going. Then, once were on hiatus, I can take all the songs and go into the studio and record them, maybe make an EP or an album. I cant imagine not doing music. Its just not at the forefront right now.
Are there any other North Texas sporting events still on your national anthem wish list?
I have not done a Cowboys game. I have not done a Rangers game. But maybe one day, because I would love to sing in my hometown for my home team.