Lily Gladstone is a US born actress and one of the stars of movie Certain Women released in 2016.
Born: Kalispell, Montana, USA
Famous for: Actress
Lily Gladstone was born in Kalispell, a city in Flathead County, Montana. She was raised on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, a town in Glacier County Montana.
Of mixed heritage, Lily’s tribal affiliations include Kainai, Amskapi Piikani and Nimi’ipuu First Nations. Her first eleven years were spent primarily in Browning and East Glacier. Her family then moved to Seattle and kept a house in East Glacier.
In 2008, Gladstone graduated with high honors from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, and a minor in Native American studies. She has toured nationally with The Montana Repertory Theatre and she is a company member with Living Voices, a touring educational theatre based in Seattle, WA.
In 2013 she starred in the movie Jimmy P. in her home town of Browning alongside Benicio Del Toro. She also starred in the movie Winter in the Blood released the same year.
In 2014 she appeared in the movie Subterranea an adaptation from British Progressive Rock band IQ’s album of the same name.
In 2016 she starred alongside Kristen Stewart in the film Certain Women written and directed by Kelly Reichardt.
Lily has facilitated countless expressive arts workshops with various social justice and human rights advocacy groups including National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Living Voices, Red Eagle Soaring, Longhouse Media, Yellow Bird Inc., The Roxy Film Academy and Conscious Alliance.
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“I will never forget the moment filming at the Browning train station,” said Gladstone. “I remembered traveling out of there as a kid. And there I am getting the microphone put on, and my skirt was up. Embarrassing, right? Those hazel green eyes floored me. He said, ‘I’m Benicio.’ I said, ‘I know’.
“It is named after one of my ancestors,” said Gladstone. “I told him about that. I told him that I grew up looking at that mountain. You can see it on film – over his left shoulder. That mountain was a bit of a focal point my whole life.”
“As natives, we know that we are mixed and diverse,” said Gladstone. “Most natives get pigeonholed, based on appearance first and talent second. But we are seeing more scripts written and filmed by natives.”
“The reputation of Browning depends on who it is you talk to,” said Gladstone. “There are some incredibly ugly things that happen but shouldn’t. But you have to look deeper into why things are the way they are. At the foundation of my life, there is community and family. There is poverty, violence, substance abuse, and unemployment everywhere. But there is so much love in that community. What unites people there is a love of family, a love of land.”
 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4291409/ [Photos: Cabot McNenly, Mark Mann]