Albuquerque teen stars in award winning movie ‘The Revenant’

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque high school student said it was nerve racking to work alongside big names like Leonardo DiCaprio, but he wouldn’t change the experience for the world.

“Finally he brought me to his trailer and told me that I got the role,” said Forrest Goodluck. The role would change the Albuquerque native’s life forever.

“It was incredible,” he said. Goodluck, 17, plays Hawk, Leonardo DiCaprio’s half Native American son, in the Hollywood thriller ‘The Revenant.’

“I don’t think anything has been captured like this ever before,” said Goodluck.

The film chronicles furtrapper Hugh Glass, played by Dicaprio, and his quest for survival after being brutally mauled by a bear.

It’s Goodluck’s first taste of stardom.

“Of course you are acting with Leo, Tom, Will and Dohmnall, such huge names, and you know they’re not going to mess up but of course I’m the one messing up,” he said.

For nearly 8 months, the Bosque High School student filmed on location in the untamed wilderness or Calgary, Canada. While there, he tried his best to keep up with his school work. “I would have to go to the trailer to work on school work for three hours and I would either complete that or be called off to set,” said Goodluck.

Goodluck, a film buff and award-winning director, said he’s grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of “The Revenant.” He describes it as a film of truth. “I just hope that they find something from it. It is an intense film and some people are going to hate it, but the people who are going to love it are going to love it,” he said.

‘The Revenant’ won best movie drama, best director and best actor in a drama (Leonardo DiCaprio) at Sunday night’s Golden Globes.

Goodluck will graduate from high school in 2016 but now he’s finishing up college applications where he wants to study film. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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