On the Bus Poster at Bowdoin and Temescal
There’s a poster advertising “The Other Two,” a sitcom on Comedy Central, by the bus-stop shelter on the corner of Bowdoin and Temescal Canyon Road.
The poster, located at the front of Palisades High School, features Heléne Yorke and co-star Drew Tarver.
“She graduated from Pali and the irony is not lost on her,” said Heléne’s mom, Andrea, who worked at Village Books for many years and later launched a Della Dress company.
Yorke and Tarver play the older siblings of Case Walker, 13, who becomes a famous singer overnight.
Yorke portrays a former professional dancer and Tarver is an aspiring actor in the show written by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, co-head writers of Saturday Night Live’s 42nd season.
The first of 10 episodes debuted in January and the show received a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The website’s critical consensus states: “With game leads and a wickedly witty sense of humor, The Other Two skewers and celebrates pop culture with equal aplomb.”
According to the show’s creators, Yorke was cast because of her television performance in “High Maintenance” (2016), where she appeared with Max Jenkins as a pair of loathsome individuals from the fashion world.
Yorke, whose family moved to Pacific Palisades in 1990, attended Paul Revere and PaliHi, where she had starring roles in “Les Miserables” and “Crazy for You.”
She attended the University of Michigan and received a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre in 2007.
Two months later she found work off-Broadway in “Walmartopia” and hasn’t stopped working since. She was in national tours of “Wicked,” starring as Glinda, and in “High School Musical” as Sharpay Evans.
In 2014, she co-starred on Broadway in the Woody Allen musical “Bullets Over Broadway.” The Newsday critic singled her out, calling her performance “a fresh, eccentric, vulgar truth as Olive, the would-be actress whose mob guy buys a play for her.”
Show director Susan Stroman said, “There’s nothing better than a beautiful woman who can make you laugh. Heléne has that rare gift. She’s taken the role of Olive and completely made it her own. She’s a star.”
Yorke also had a starring role in the television show “Masters of Sex” (2013-2015). Once again, she was singled out for her performance. “Yorke shines. Her portrayal of Jane is rich with a nuanced honesty that’s both exciting and engaging to watch on screen,” said Cinemablend critic Alicia Lutes.
If you ran in the Will Rogers Run in 2015, you heard Yorke sing the National Anthem beforehand.
“Being a Palisadian has taught me the importance of community and a strong foundation,” Yorke said in an interview with the 5/10K race committee.
Since 2016, she has appeared in numerous television shows, including “Quantico,” “High Maintenance,” “Graves” and “The Good Fight.”
Yorke is the daughter of Andrea and Rhos Dyke and has two brothers, Sutherland and Lance.