Gaby Hoffman was born in NYC, NY in January 1982. Her parents Janet Hoffman and Anthony Hererra were both performers. Gaby’s arrival was recorded in Brigid Berlin’s The Andy Warhol Diaries. She grew right up in the Hotel Chelsea where she’d roller skate in the halls and secret agent on the drug dealer on the other side of the way. She began acting at four years of age in advertisements. Her first movie role came as Karin Kinsella in the 1989 hit Field of Dreams. She made her television debut in the show Someone Like Me in 1994. In 2014 Hoffmann had a recurring part as Caroline Sackler in the TV series Girls. As a kid performer she also starred in the films Sleepless in Seattle and The Man Without a Face. Her more recent works range from the 2014 Veronica Mars film, Obvious Child, Goodbye World, All That I’m, and Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus.
(June 4, 2014) Expecting her 1st child with her boyfriend Chris Dapkins.
When she was still living in New York, she first attended P.S. 3. Following this, she attended the Professional Children's School. When she moved to Los Angeles, California, she first attended The Buckley School. She eventually graduated from Calabasas High School in June 1999.
Found an apartment in Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, NY, USA. [July 2013]
Her mother co-wrote a book, still unpublished, called "Gaby at the Chelsea," a downtown, offbeat version of sorts of "Eloise" at the Plaza.
Appeared in a McGruff the Crime Dog anti-drug ad with Drew Barrymore in 1989.
Her paternal grandfather, Rafael Antonio Herrera, was the son of a Puerto Rican father and a Spanish mother. The rest of her ancestry is German, Irish, English, and 1/16th Italian (Sicilian).
Best friends with actress Christina Ricci.
In the fall of 1999 Gaby entered Bard College, where she continues to study between projects.
Daughter of former cult actress Viva and soap-opera actor Anthony Herrera, who was never a presence in Hoffman's life, even after she met him for the first time when she was five years old.
Younger half-sister of actress Alexandra Auder.
[re Los Angeles] I feel like everyone here is so creative. They think up a project, and the next thing you know, they're doing it.
[re childhood days with friend Claire Danes] Growing up in downtown New York City in the '80s, we were ensconced in art and progressive thinking,Our parents all experimented with raising us in a fairly loose, unorthodox way. A huge emphasis was placed on creativity, and our artistic efforts were never dismissed as childish. There was a sense that we - kids and grown-ups - all had the potential to make something of value. Our drawings were not simply destined for the refrigerator. We never felt patronized.
[re other child stars] I was never as famous as all these kids. There was no social media. We weren't celebrity-obsessed as a culture. I feel like these kids are under a crazy microscope; they're basically brands. And they eventually implode and act out. They need a break, and they're not getting one.
I love Beyoncé Knowles", I do. But I was walking down the street and saw this huge billboard for the documentary she made about herself called, 'Life Is But a Dream.' Underneath the billboard is this homeless guy, then there's me with $2 in my bank account, and I'm thinking, Life is but a dream? I mean, I love you, B, but really?
[re her childhood growing up in and around the Chelsea Hotel] We lived in a classless society. We'd spend a summer at Gore Vidal's house in Italy, but we were on and off welfare...