After less than a week in the cinema, Lily Gladstone’s leading role as Mollie Burkhart in Flower Moon Killer was widely hailed as one of the greatest performances of the year. Based on a true historical event, Burkhart was a central figure in the so-called Osage Indian murders or Reign of Terror, a genocide of citizens of the Osage Nation from 1921 to 1926 in which at least 60 of Burkhart’s family members were killed.
Lily Gladstone may be relatively unknown to many moviegoers who loved her stunning performance, but the Native American actress, who is a member of the Piegan Blackfeet and Nez Perce Nations, has a number of high-profile credits to her name. Gladstone portrayed Roxanne on the long-running Showtime series billion (2016-2023), and a small role in the acclaimed Kelly Reinhardt-directed A24 film First cow (2019), and the Native American comedy series Reservation dogs (2021-2023).
Who does Lily Gladstone play in Reservation Dogs?
At reservation dogs, Lily Gladstone portrayed Hokti Sampson in two episodes of the second and third seasons of the series from October 2023. Hokti is the mother of Daniel Jackson, who dies before the events of the series, as well as the aunt of Wilhelmina Jacqueline “Willie”. Jack” Sampson.
Hokti, a medicine woman, turned away from her practice after the death of her son and separated from her husband Danny Jackson. Shortly afterwards, Hokti was sentenced to prison, which led to her estrangement from her remaining family. However, Gram, a deceased ancestor of Hokti and Willie Jack who walked the Path of Tears, communicated with Hokti from the afterlife to pick up what she left behind.
After her incarceration, Willie Jack contacts a very reserved Hokti and visits her in prison. During the visit, Willie Jack gives her an unopened letter from her late son, and the two decide to use the letter as an opportunity to reconnect with their ancestors. Later, after the death of Old Man Fixico, one of the last remaining Mvskoke traditional medicine consultants on the reservation, Hokti decides to reconnect with the community and resume her old profession.
Lily Gladstone filmed Flower Moon Killer in 2021, long before she appeared Reservation dogs in 2022 and 2023. Gladstone describes Martin Scorese’s decision to cast her in his film as a U-turn After a series of professional disappointments encouraged her to consider a career in data analysis, she considered possibly quitting acting.