Hey hey! I’m Derek Yates, a Los Angeles-based SAG-AFTRA actor and digital creator.

To some I’m a Chattanooga, TN native. Others know me as “Ellen’s New Gardener” after a viral video submission. And for those who don’t know, I’ll quickly fill you in.

I began my career in the Southeast after signing with The Jana VanDyke Agency (still represented since 2012) where I gained much experience and was able to get the needed credits to join SAG-AFTRA as a Union Member before moving to Los Angeles in 2016.

Currently I am studying at AMAW on a weekly basis where my craft continues to grow and stretch. The leap has also strengthened who I am as a person, and I can only look forward to what is to come.


I’m often described as

a young Bradley Cooper

with a healthy Chris Evans

and Zac Efron fusion.



If you’ve made it this far, much obliged. Feel free to take a look around.