Gage Golightly

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Gage Golightly
Gage Golightly at the 2020 Winter TCA Portrait Studio
Born (1993-09-05) September 5, 1993 (age 30)[1]
Years active2002–present

Gage Golightly (born September 5, 1993) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Hayley Steele in the Nickelodeon series The Troop, Erica Reyes in the MTV series Teen Wolf, and Karen in the Amazon Studios series Red Oaks.

Early life[edit]

Golightly grew up in Penn Valley, California, the youngest of four children born to a nurse and a plumber.[1][2][3] She was diagnosed with dyspraxia at the age of two, and underwent speech therapy. For the first years of her life, her parents used sign language to communicate with her. Golightly also noted she was clumsy as a child due to impaired motor skills.[4] She studied at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.[1]


Golightly decided to become an actress at the age of eight. Her mother took her to Los Angeles, where she found a manager.[2] A year later, Golightly started her career with roles in the 2002 film Speakeasy, and the television film The Long Shot.[1] In 2004, she co-starred in the sci-fi miniseries Five Days to Midnight as Jesse Neumeyer and was in Sudbury, an unsold television pilot.[5] In 2006, she was in the Disney Channel sitcom The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Vanessa, before appearing in the TNT series Heartland.

She portrayed main character Hayley in the Nickelodeon series The Troop,[6] a series about a group of teenagers who fight monsters.[1] In 2010 and 2011, she had guest roles on True Jackson, VP and Big Time Rush, before a recurring role on Ringer as Tessa, a high school student.[6] In 2012, Golightly had a recurring role on the MTV series Teen Wolf during the show's second season as Erica Reyes, the show's first living female werewolf.[1] Golightly was set to reprise the role during the show's third season, which began filming in late 2012, but the actress only filmed a few cameo scenes. She exited the show as she had been cast as the female lead in a pilot for The CW titled Company Town.[7][8] In May 2013, it was announced that the pilot had not been greenlit.

Throughout 2011 and 2012 Golightly worked on a Marcus Nispel horror film titled Backmask, which was later retitled Exeter. Golightly also worked on Gone Missing for the Lifetime network, playing the role of Matty. In June 2014, Golightly was cast as a series regular in an Amazon Studios comedy pilot Red Oaks, in which she played the role of Karen. The series began filming their first season in late May 2015.[2] In 2016, Golightly appeared as Karen in the remake of Eli Roth's horror film, Cabin Fever.[9] In May 2016, Golightly was cast as Libby in the dance-comedy film Step Sisters.[10]

Golightly appeared on the short-lived ABC drama, Ten Days in the Valley, as a character named Lynn, in a three episode arc. In February 2018 Golightly was cast in a leading role, playing struggling actress Kate, in The CW television pilot, The End of the World As We Know It.[11] In 2019, Golightly guest starred in three episodes of iZombie before being cast as Grace Durkin in the Paramount series 68 Whiskey.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Speakeasy Eva
2003 The Vest Karen Short film
2013 Gone Missing Maddy
2015 Exeter Amber
2016 Cabin Fever Karen
2018 Step Sisters Libby
2019 The Last Summer Paige Wilcox


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2003 A Carol Christmas 9-year-old Carol Television film [1]
2004 Sudbury Kylie Owens Unsold Television pilot [1]
2004 The Long Shot Taylor Garrett Television film
2004 Five Days to Midnight Jesse Neumeyer Main role
2005 Don't Ask Ivy Collins Unsold Television Pilot [1]
2006 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Vanessa Episode: "A Midsummer's Nightmare"
2006 Brothers & Sisters Paige Traylor Unaired television pilot
2007 Heartland Thea Grant Main role
2009–2011 The Troop Hayley Steele Main role
2010 True Jackson, VP Vanessa Episode: "Trapped in Paris"
2011 Big Time Rush Annie Episodes: "Big Time Beach Party: Parts 1 & 2"
2011 Growing Up Normal Karen Jackson Unsold television pilot [1]
2011–2012 Ringer Tessa Banner Recurring role; 7 episodes
2012–2013 Teen Wolf Erica Reyes Recurring role (season 2); guest role (season 3); 11 episodes
2013 Company Town Krista Unsold television pilot
2014–2017 Red Oaks Karen Main role; 14 episodes
2017 Ten Days in the Valley Lynn Episodes: “Day 3: Day Out of Days”, “Day 4: Below the Line”, “Day 5: Back to Ones”
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Katy Miller Episode: "Intent" [13]
2019 iZombie Alice "Al" Bronson Episodes: "Dot Zom", "Death Moves Pretty Fast", "The Scratchmaker"
2020 68 Whiskey Corporal Grace Durkin Main role [12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Varter, Brooke (January 2, 2017). "What Happened to Gage Golightly – News & Updates". The Gazette Review. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Nordstrom, Leigh (October 7, 2015). "Gage Golightly on Growing Up a Child Actress and the Amazon Series 'Red Oaks'". WWD. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "Gage Golightly of The Troop". Teen. Archived from the original on May 29, 2010.
  4. ^ Golightly, Gage (May 14, 2016). "May 14th is Apraxia Awareness Day". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 24, 2021. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Lloyd, Robert (June 7, 2004). "'5ive' nights to suspend reality". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Wightman, Catriona (September 5, 2011). "Gage Golightly signs up for 'Ringer' role". Digital Spy. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Remling, Amanda (June 10, 2013). "'Teen Wolf' Season 3 Spoilers: Gage Golightly Returns As Erica Reyes; What Happened To Her? [PHOTO]". International Business Times. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 13, 2013). "Taylor Hackford's CW Pilot 'Company Town' Casts Lead". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Williams, Owen (February 1, 2016). "Cabin Fever remake debuts its first trailer". Empire. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  10. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (May 26, 2016). "Broad Green Casts Its Ensemble for Dance-Themed Comedy 'Step Sisters'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 20, 2018). "'The End Of The World As We Know It': Gage Golightly To Star In CW Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (September 4, 2019). "'68 Whiskey' Sam Keeley, Gage Golightly, Cristina Rodlo, Jeremy Tardy & Nicholas Coombe To Star In Paramount Network Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  13. ^ Harnick, Chris (December 6, 2017). "Law and Order: SVU's Midseason Cliffhanger Is Benson's Worst Nightmare". E!. Retrieved May 8, 2018.

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