Hayley Orrantia

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Hayley Orrantia
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Orrantia in April 2014
Sarah Hayley Orrantia

(1994-02-21) February 21, 1994 (age 24)
OccupationActress, singer, songwriter
Years active2010–present

Sarah Hayley Orrantia (born February 21, 1994) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for portraying Erica Goldberg on the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs. She was a member of Lakoda Rayne, a country pop girl group assembled by Paula Abdul during the first season of The X Factor.

Early life[edit]

Sarah Hayley Orrantia[1] was born an only child in Arlington, Texas on February 21, 1994, and grew up in nearby Grand Prairie and Highland Village. She is of English, French, Irish, and Mexican descent.[2][3] She attended public school from elementary to middle school in her hometown of Highland Village.

She then attended Marcus High School in nearby Flower Mound until her junior year, when she decided to become homeschooled to pursue her music and acting training. In high school, she joined the musical theatre program, providing her with her first taste of acting.[citation needed]


Orrantia began singing at the age of nine and began professionally training at the age of 12. She wrote her first song at 13, and by age 14, she had recorded her first EP of cover songs. That same year, she began writing with songwriter Jamie Houston who at the time was best known for writing hits for the three of the Disney High School Musical movies.

Orrantia recorded the vocals to Houston's "Magic of a Friend" which was on Disney's Tinkerbell and The Lost Treasure soundtrack in 2010. Later that year, Orrantia sang background vocals for Demi Lovato on Disney's Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam soundtrack and background vocals for Miley Cyrus on Disney's Hannah Montana Forever soundtrack.[4]

Her first acting role was at age 17 on a commercial for Sprint in 2011. She was cast in the independent film Cooper and the Castle Hills Gang, which premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival.

In the summer of 2011, Orrantia auditioned for the first season of The X Factor. Orrantia was selected from a YouTube video submission and received four "yes" votes from the judges during the live audition phase in Seattle, Washington. Although she originally auditioned as a solo artist, during "Hollywood Week", she and three other female singers, were put into a group for the rest of the auditions. They were eliminated during the fifth week in the live shows.

Since 2013, Orrantia has played Erica Goldberg on the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs. After casting Orrantia and learning of her singing talent, series creator Adam F. Goldberg has written several episodes where Erica sings and plans to continue to highlight her singing talent in future episodes. Orrantia had a leading role in the drama film God's Not Dead 2, released on April 1, 2016.[5][6]

In 2016, she released a single called "Strong, Sweet and Southern." Its music video has had over 200,000 views on YouTube, as of May 2018.[7]

Charity work[edit]

Orrantia wrote the song "Who I Am" for the National Eating Disorders Association and the song "Power of a Girl" for the Girl Scouts of America. She also supports the cancer charity, Lungevity,[8] Susan G. Komen, and Stand Up to Cancer. Since 2007, she has served as an ambassador for the Texas Music Project, which raises awareness and funds for music education in public schools.


Hayley Orrantia performing live in October 2016.


Year Title Role
2011 Cooper and the Castle Hills Gang Penny
2016 God's Not Dead 2 Brooke Thawley


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The X Factor Herself Contestant
2013–present The Goldbergs Erica Goldberg Main Role
2016 Celebrity Name Game Herself Celebrity contestant
2016 Roommates Hayley Web series; 7 episodes
2018 Hell's Kitchen Herself Guest diner; Episode: "Hell Freezes Over"


  1. ^ "Hayley Orrantia - About". Facebook. 1994-02-21. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  2. ^ Orrantia, Hayley. "You're Not Latina!". Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  3. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Hayley Orrantia: "It Would Be So Great To Be Called The First Latina to Win 'X-Factor'"". Latina.com. 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  4. ^ "Hayley Orrantia to play Hotel Cafe". AXS. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  5. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 8, 2014). "'The Goldbergs', 'Once Upon a Time', 'Castle', 'Scandal', Grey's Anatomy', 'Revenge', 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' & 'Resurrection' Renewed by ABC". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Michael O'Connell; Lesley Goldberg (May 8, 2014). "ABC Renews 'The Goldbergs'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Strong, Sweet & Southern - Hayley Orrantia. 2016-10-07.
  8. ^ "Hayley Orrantia, Hollywood's Rising Starlet – Grand Prairie Magazine". grandprairiemag.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24.

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