Native actor didn’t expect films would be a career


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Forrest Goodluck joins actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Alejandro González Iñárritu at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Revenant” in December, 2015.

Navajo actor Forrest Goodluck never expected that the film industry would be a big part of his life.

“It was just enjoying doing school plays,” Goodluck, 20, said. “It was never something I really thought of that would be anything.”

Growing up in Albuquerque, he has friends who were extras in films and he was blown away by it. “It was never my reality, though,” he said. Until he met a casting director who helped him land his first role.

Today, he’s been a part of nine films and counting. One of those films is “Indian Horse,” a feature film where he played the teenage version of the main character, Saul Indian Horse.

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Pauly Denetclaw

Pauly Denetclaw is Meadow People born for Towering House People. She was raised in Manuelito and Naschitti, New Mexico. She was the co-recipient of the Native American Journalist Association's 2016 Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting. Denetclaw is currently finishing her degree in multimedia journalism from the University of New Mexico - Main. Denetclaw covers a range of topics including genetic research, education, health, social justice issues and small businesses. She loves coffee, writing and being with her family. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Her handle is @pdineclah