Julia Goldani Telles

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Julia Goldani Telles
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Goldani Telles at Showtime's The Affair FYC Screening and Panel, May 6, 2015
Born (1995-03-18) March 18, 1995 (age 28)
Alma materColumbia University
  • Actress
  • ballet dancer
Years active2011–present

Julia Goldani Telles[1] (born March 18, 1995) is an American actress and ballet dancer. She is known for playing Sasha Torres on the short-lived ABC Family series Bunheads, Iris in the third season of The Girlfriend Experience and for her supporting role as Whitney Solloway on the Showtime original series The Affair.

Early life[edit]

Goldani Telles was born in Los Angeles, California to a Brazilian mother and Mexican father. She moved with her parents to Rio de Janeiro when she was almost two years old.[1][2] It was there that she was introduced to the world of ballet at the age of five.[3] When the family relocated back to Los Angeles that year,[1] Goldani Telles could speak only Portuguese and learned English after the family's move.[4] Goldani Telles moved to New York City when she was thirteen[1] and attended Professional Children's School in Manhattan, New York.

Goldani Telles trained at the School of American Ballet and Ballet Academy East,[5] and appeared in numerous ballet performances including Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Swan Lake.[3] A case of tendonitis and labral tears in her hips at the age of 15 forced Goldani Telles to stop practicing ballet for a year; to avoid depression, she decided to take a drama course.[6]


Goldani Telles studied at Columbia University. Her first role in television came in 2011 when she successfully auditioned for the part of Sasha Torres in ABC Family's Bunheads. She did so having never had an acting job before and without head-shots or a résumé.[7] Her agent felt Bunheads should have been one of her first auditions as he felt she would be comfortable with the dancing aspect of the show.[5] The pilot episode was filmed in November 2011. Bunheads was picked up to series and ran for eighteen episodes from June 11, 2012 to February 25, 2013.

As well as Bunheads, Goldani Telles also appeared in the Nat & Alex Wolff music video for the song "Greatest Prize" in early 2012.[8]

She also guest starred on the Blue Bloods episode "The Bogeyman" which aired January 10, 2014.

Goldani Telles played the role of oldest daughter Whitney on the Showtime drama series The Affair.[9]

In May, 2021, Goldani Telles starred as Iris in the third season of the Starz series The Girlfriend Experience.[10]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2012–2013 Bunheads Sasha Torres Main role
2014 Blue Bloods Morgan Episode: "The Bogeyman"
2014 The Carrie Diaries Amelia Strong Episode: "Hungry Like the Wolf"
2014 Nurse Jackie Mandy 3 episodes
2014–2019 The Affair Whitney Solloway Main role
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Sandee Martin Episode: "Spring"
2018 Most Likely to Murder Tami Film
2018 Slender Man Hallie Film
2018 The Wind Emma Harper Film
2020 Looks That Kill Alex Film
2020 Helpsters Ballerina Betsy Episode: "Ballerina Betsy/Pizza Pasquale"
2021 The Space Between Julia Adams Film
2021 The Girlfriend Experience Iris Main role (season 3)


  1. ^ a b c d "Julia Goldani Telles". MediaBang. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Brandão, Liv (October 5, 2015). "Julia Goldani Telles, uma quase brasileira em 'The affair". Jornal O Globo (in Portuguese). Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Sasha Torres by Julia Goldani Telles". ABC Family. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Exclusive Q&A with Bunheads' Julia Goldani Telles". ABC Family. Archived from the original on June 22, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Fuhrer, Margaret (May 2012). "Ballet in Your Living Room". Pointe. Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Martin, Denise (February 25, 2013). "Bunheads' Julia Goldani Telles Does Teen Turmoil En Pointe". Vulture. New York. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "BunheadsBLOG Exclusive Q&A with Julia Goldani Telles". BunheadsBLOG. June 26, 2012. Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  8. ^ Nat & Alex Wolff - Greatest Prize (Official Music Video). February 14, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  9. ^ Gilman, Hannah (October 10, 2014). "Julia Goldani Telles, The Affair Interview". Teen Vogue. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (October 1, 2019). "'The Girlfriend Experience': 'The Affair's Julia Goldani Telles To Star In Season 3 Of Starz Anthology Series". Deadline. Retrieved November 26, 2019.

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