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Yani Gellman Biography, Age, Pretty Little Liars, Singing, Movies and TV Shows

Yani Gellman Biography

Yani Gellman is an American television and film actor. He is known for playing Paolo Valisari in The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Garrett Reynolds in Pretty Little Liars and Diego Flores in 90210.

Yani appeared in the underwater survival thriller film 47 Meters Down in 2017 which was released in theaters on 16 June 2017.

Yani Gellman Age

Yani Gellman was born on September 2, 1985 in Miami, Florida, U.S. She is 33 years old as of 2018.

Yani Gellman Family

Yani was born to a Canadian father and an Australian mother. His father was then a reporter and his family frequently moved during Yani’s childhood living in Australia, Spain, and Texas before settling in Toronto. He speaks Spanish having learned it during his time living in Spain.

Yani Gellman Gay

In April 2009, it was then revealed that the character of Rafe Torres in Pretty Little Liars was gay.

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Yani Gellman Career

Yani’s acting debut was in a 1998 episode of the television series, Animorphs. He was then cast in supporting roles in the 2000 film, Urban Legends: Final Cut and in 2002’s Jason X after appearing in several more television productions. Yani’s characters eventually became victims of serial killers in both films. Gellman appeared in 2002’s The Matthew Shepard Story as Pablo, the love interest of the title character. He became known among teenage audiences after playing the part of Paolo Valisari, an Italian pop singer and also the main antagonist of 2003’s The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Gellman has been cast in the Canadian series Monster Warriors most recently.

Yani Gellman Pretty Little Liars

Gellman plays a lawyer, Rafe Torres, in the long-running soap opera, The Young and the Restless. It was then revealed that the character of Rafe Torres was gay in April 2009. Gellman has also appeared as a model in numerous print ads, including Omega watches. Yani made a cameo in Degrassi Goes Hollywood, as well as playing Pete in multiple episodes of “Greek”. Gellman has recently played the role of police officer, Garrett Reynolds in hit TV show Pretty Little Liars. Gellman has also starred as Diego in the hit TV show 90210.

Yani Gellman Movies and TV Shows






47 Meters Down



Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th



The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Paolo Valisari


Jason X



Urban Legends: Final Cut



Yani Gellman TV Shows






Jose Esquivel Jr.





The Psycho She Met Online

Tyler Hexley

The Saint

Doyle Cosentino


Trigger Point

Jared Church

Blood & Oil

A.J. Menendez



CSI: Cyber

Jackson Richmond



Manny Castro

Major Crimes



Criminal Minds

Mitchell Ruiz

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Doug Lasky

The Client List

Diego Shankman

Category 5

Pete Keller



Diego Flores

The Mentalist

Julian Gallego

Beauty & the Beast



Pretty Little Liars

Officer Garrett Reynolds



Pete / Omega Chi


Degrassi Goes Hollywood

The Shores Boy

Lincoln Heights

Marco Gutierrez


The Young and the Restless

Rafael Torres





Monster Warriors



Wild Card



The Matthew Shepard Story



King Tutankhamen

Tru Confessions


Guinevere Jones

Michael Medina


Blue Murder

Patrick Lee

Sex, Lies & Obsession


Boss of Bosses

Young Paul Castellano


The Famous Jett Jackson

JB Follower



Young Man



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Yani Gellman Interview

47 Meters Down – Exclusive Interview with Yani Gellman

Published; June 13, 2017


Dread Central: How do you like the movie?

Yani Gellman: I haven’t seen the film. Just a few clips here and there. I’m actually looking forward to seeing it with an audience. When we were making it, I wasn’t exactly sure how they were going to pull it off, because so much of it happens under the water. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a film where so much of the drama takes place underwater. A tremendous amount of work has been done in post to make this world and environment look as real as it does. I’m just totally stoked to see what it’s like with an audience and to see what they do. We filmed a couple of different endings, so we’re not exactly sure how it ends. There is one in particular that we really like, so we’re hoping they went with that but we won’t know until we see the film. [But] usually if I’m in a horror film there’s a good chance I die…

DC: Who is Louis, and what’s his role in getting the girls into all that danger?

Yani Gellman: I’m a bit of a canary in the coal mine. I go down with my other boat hand, Santiago, to sort of test the equipment and show that it’s safe. We go down and there’s no incident. We come up and it’s time for the ladies to go in, and that’s where the story kind of takes a turn. I’m guilty really of just trying to make time with Mandy Moore’s character and getting them out onto the boat to try and show them a good time. If anything, I’m guilty of sort of a love crime.

DC: Where are the horror aspects of the film, and what sets it apart from, say, The Shallows?

Yani Gellman: What was cool about this film, instead of having a haunted house kind of thing, we had almost the old haunted creaky boat. And the ocean, instead of that kind of door you go into – in a horror film you say don’t go in there – there’s this great scene where you’re saying goodbye to the girls in the water, and everyone’s like, ‘Don’t go in there,’ because you know something is going to happen. But of course, they do.

DC: You’re not trapped in the cage with the sharks, but you have your fair share of being in the water.

Yani Gellman: Well, we never went out swimming with sharks, but we did take a scuba diving training course. Matthew [Modine] has done a lot of diving but I am kind of new, this was one of my first times scuba diving. I got a bit of a taste for it, just enough to know that it’s something I’d love to continue doing. It’s just a whole other world down there. You’re almost on an alien planet, because of the colors. Every element takes on new meaning, whether it’s hearing your own breath or feeling your heart beat or communicating with other people. It really makes you appreciate these things we take for granted up here on land, and you can’t be anything but changed by going down there. Your appreciation for marine life just goes through the roof. It really opened my eyes to how important and fragile those environments are and how much we need to do in order to protect them.

DC: Your locations were really amazing. What did that feel like, as opposed to being on a set?

Yani Gellman: Amazing. It’s this huge, beautiful, clean saltwater. Out into the horizon you see the ocean so it seems like you are connected to the sea, so it’s like the most incredible infinity pull you’ve ever been in. The boat scenes we did [on the dock] but we also went out on the ocean as well, and did scenes out there too, which was more challenging because the waves don’t stay still. Right when you want to get a shot done [the boat rocks] but we had great fun in the Dominican Republic. We were staying in this great town, a nice little seaside community. It was lovely, and we had an amazing time. I think the ladies had a much more challenging shoot out in London because they spent so much of their time actually submersed under the water, and that’s a very difficult way to shoot a film.

DC: Have you seen Jaws, and if so – are you a fan?

Yani Gellman: Oh yeah, I saw Jaws. It was probably one of the first films I ever saw and I was truly terrified. It probably did instill, in all of us, a fear of sharks growing up. It takes a while and some exposure to the ocean to realize that sharks are not our enemy and that they’re an important part of the ocean and the sea’s ecosystem. We are in fact the danger to them. I actually grew up in Australia for a few years of my life, and there was always this fear that if you swim out too far you’re going to get eaten by a shark but no, they’re more liable to be more afraid of us. They’re looking for different forms of food and only when they mistake us for a seal or something else will they attack. You have a much higher chance of being killed by almost any other means than getting eaten by a shark. But I think why these films are scary is because of that fear of the unknown: this is their domain and we’re trespassing. That’s why it becomes so scary.

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