Most prominently known for her acting roles in Teen Wolf and Criminal Minds, Dakota Gorman is currently gaining even more traction in Hollywood, this time as a director.

Her directing debut will transpire in the Gravitas Ventures film, All About Sex. The comedy film zeroes in on the highs and lows people endure as they reach for the optimal versions of themselves in life. While writing the film, Gorman deliberately correlated the script to her own battles with depression and the general anxieties that coincide with growing up. Dakota stars alongside Natalee Linez, Emma Deckers, Dillon Lane, Matt Angel and Chris Costanzo.

The movie follows the lives of three friends in their mid-20’s––Sage (Gorman), Casey (Linez), and Morgan (Deckers). All in the same boat, they collectively try to find ways to weather the embarrassing pitfalls that come with “adulting”.

Breaking down the story, Dakota summed up how it is about figuring out oneself through a plethora of experiences. It is about coping with life scenarios that fail to pan out the way we expected. She quoted, “When things don’t go how we want or anticipate, it doesn’t have to be considered a loss, it could be us gaining something better, even if we can’t see it in the present moment. So, while certain elements in “All About Sex” are a reflection of my own experiences, the core emotions are something I think are pretty universal.”

Dakota was raised by two actors and film connoisseurs, so her passion for filmmaking was naturally instilled in her. However, she did spend time contemplating if this was the path she would ultimately devote herself to. As she grew older, it became increasingly obvious that Gorman was destined to follow through with her “genetic” gift.

Chilled sat with her find out what other projects are on the horizon and learn more about her lifestyle, past and present.

Chillin' with Dakota Gorman

Chillin’ with Dakota Gorman

Tell us about the projects you are working on.

With writing, my attention is split between three totally different projects. There is a TV show I’m developing with a similar vibe to “All About Sex,” exploring those growing pains of one’s mid to late 20s, but with fresh people, and different challenges. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, my true love is horror. I have been having a blast immersing myself in that genre. I am also finally polishing a feature (set in Syria, post Arab Spring) that I’ve been working on for almost 10 years.

We hear you worked at one of the hottest night clubs/bars, Break Room 86 (which is entirely themed to the 80’s) – Tell us about this experience.

Break Room is where I did my longest stint. There is one thing I can say that captures the essence / all that I learned there: live band karaoke. Pre-pandemic, it was every Tuesday. The GM was adamant about encouraging staff to sing. Even the ones who claimed they had a terrible voice.

Did you tend bar? What was your specialty?

My job always centered around managing the bottle service, reservations, and the door. So, I guess that means my specialty was either making people happy or really upset.

Chillin' with Dakota Gorman

Chillin’ with Dakota Gorman

You even shot a scene in your movie at celebrity favorite No Vacancy. Talk to us about this scene. Why No Vacancy?

Aside from No Vacancy being a beautifully designed establishment, we were able to repurpose it as two locations (a bar and a brunch spot), so that helped us tremendously with our budget and company moves. Beyond that, I really wanted to shoot at places that had the quintessential LA vibe.

When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?

Cascabel. I will actively find excuses to go there. Same goes for La Contenta (Norfolk St, New York). Food, drinks, ambience are a ten. And it’s the only place I’ve ordered nachos where every chip was loaded.

What types of dishes do you typically order?

Japanese food in general is a winner for me. I will never get over sushi. It’s the only reason I haven’t made the leap from pescatarian to vegetarian or vegan.

Chillin' with Dakota Gorman

Chillin’ with Dakota Gorman

Any favorite bars?

Owl’s Club in Tucson, AZ. It’s a funeral home that’s been converted into a bar. I know people probably won’t go rushing there after 2020, but if you are drawn to that vibe like I am, it’s there for you.

What drinks do you order when out? Favorite drink?

If there’s an interesting sounding margarita it’s hard for me to say no to that. If it’s a tamarind margarita, you had me at hello.

Do you prepare drinks at home?

If I’m drinking anything at home it’s usually an Asian or Mexican beer, but sometimes I like to have these at-home mixology adventures and make things from scratch. One standout was a blackberry jalapeno margarita with a chili salt rim. And piña coladas.

Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?

No home bar. I much prefer going out. For me, the atmosphere and energy of being around a bunch of people is just as much a part of drinking as the beverage itself.

If you could share a drink with anyone, who would it be?

Alive? Dave Chapelle, Sarah Silverman or Tan France. Deceased? Robert Mapplethorpe.