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Lauren Francesca

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Lauren Francesca
Lauren Francesca at 2011 New York Comic Con.jpeg
Lauren Francesca at the 2011 New York Comic Con
Occupation Internet personality, actress

Lauren Francesca is an American actress and Internet personality on YouTube. She has appeared in YouTube videos from Barely Political, CollegeHumor, Epic Meal Time, Philip DeFranco, Jacksfilms, Bo Burnham, Indy Mogul, Mondo Media, Ninja Sex Party, Break Media, Epic Rap Battles of History, and Totally Sketch. In 2011 she created a  YouTube channelIwantmylauren, which has amassed over 200,000 subscribers and 22 million views.[1]


Lauren Francesca is the daughter of Fred Siretta, a Broadway actor, dancer and choreographer. At the age of ten, Lauren Francesca performed a solo for over 500,000 people at the Washington Monument's "America Sings". At the age of eleven, she began studying and was later accepted as a full-time student at the Joffrey Ballet School. She attended the Professional Performing Arts School, or PPAS, in New York City. In her first year at PPAS, she was also accepted into Junior Division of the Alvin Ailey School. She briefly attended Fordham University under scholarship studying pre-med, but later transferred to the New York Institute of Technology, eventually graduating with a Bachelor of Science in pre-med and Biology.[2]

In 2008 and 2009, Lauren Francesca appeared numerous commercials, such as for AT&T, MTV, Comedy Central, and Spike TV. She appeared as a lead in various music videos for musicians such as Los Campesinos!, Wisin & Yandel, Method Man & Redman, and Don Omar. She also studied improv with the Upright Citizens Brigade.[2]

Lauren Francesca has appeared on 20/20 to discuss her work on YouTube.[3] She was also invited to speak on a panel about digital media at South by Southwest 2015.[4]

In 2014, Lauren Francesca appeared in the film Muck,[5] making her first starring role in a feature film.

In 2015, Lauren Francesca starred in '#Lucky Number' as the character 'Jules'. The film was released in September 2015.

Lauren Francesca was also a producer on the film Una calle sin salida, which was well received at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[6]


In 2008, Lauren Francesca began appearing in videos for Barely Political,[7] often alongside Obama Girl Amber Lee Ettinger. About a year later in 2009, Barely Political introduced The Key of Awesome, a series of music video parodies, Lady Gaga in The Key of Awesome's Lady Gaga Bad Romance parody.[8] The video subsequently went viral.[2] She would go on to make further appearances as Lady Gaga in subsequent installments of The Key of Awesome and other Barely Political videos. She has also appeared in Barely Political videos impersonating and portraying Heidi Montag, J-WOWW, Poison Ivy, Nayer, Christina Aguilera, Mystique, and Iggy Azalea. She also appeared in a number of videos for CollegeHumor, including "Xbox Girls Strike Back",[9] "The Six: Girls You Date in College",[10] and "Photoshop Tutorial Rap".[11]

In February 2011 Lauren Francesca launched her own YouTube channel, Iwantmylauren.[12] On it, she continues to impersonate Lady Gaga and Iggy Azalea as well as Madonna, Paris Hilton, and Kim Kardashian. She also portrays a number of original characters, such as Miss Inappropriate[13] and Tammy the Tiger. She also concurrently started her own vlog channel Secret Life of Lauren.[14] In March 2012, Lauren Francesca began starring in Barely Political's sci-fi parody series Space Girl, which was chosen to compete at the 2012 New York Television Festival.[15] The series continues to release episodes and has begun utilizing YouTube's 360° video function in recent installments.[16] One of her recent sketches was featured on Fox's television series Right This Minute, which aired June 2015.[17]

Lauren Francesca continues to make appearances in YouTube videos from other content creators as well. In 2010, she appeared in a music video for Bo Burnham's song "Oh Bo".[18] In November 2011, she was featured in the music video in episode 6 of "Next Time on Lonny" entitled Lonny Gets Revenge[19] In April 2012, Lauren Francesca began appearing as Alice in Zenescope Entertainment's YouTube Web series Comic Company.[20] In October 2012, Lauren appeared in Ninja Sex Party's music video for their song "Unicorn Wizard" from their album "Strawberries and Cream".[21] Lauren is also on the album's cover art. On January 5, 2013, Lauren Francesca appeared in the web series Lenox Avenue: The Series Chapter IV.[22] She also served as a production coordinator for the series. On August 24, 2013, Lauren Francesca appeared as the Lifeguard in the video "SONGS IN REAL LIFE 4!!" made by Steve Kardynal.[23] On February 19, 2014, Lauren Francesca was featured in the music video for Big Data's song "Dangerous".[24] In December 2014, Lauren Francesca was featured as a principal actor in the comedic short "Bellz Angels", directed by Roman Dent. In 2015 she appeared in a Webisode of Epic Rap Battles of History.[25]


Film credits include:[26]

Year Film Role Notes
2009 The Gate of Fallen Angels Ali Appeared alongside Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Guadagnino[27]
2009 Lenox Avenue Michelle
2010 15 Till Midnight Diner Waitress
2011 The One Jessica
2011 The Family Donna
2011 The Cigar Collector Kelly
2012 Caesar and Otto's Deadly Christmas Lauren
2012 Hellbenders Cecilia Featured at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival[28]
2012 Bad Parents Candy
2013 Ten-Buck Baton Svetlana
2013 Three of One Kind Jazzmine Starred alongside Perri Pierre
2014 Don Peyote Goddess
2014 The Cocks of the Walk Claire
2015 Muck Mia
2015 Construction Lily
2013 Uncle Melvin's Apartment Prospective tenant
2015 One Night Alone Amanda Filming
2015 #Lucky Number Jules
2016 Catskill Park Sam Post-Production

Television credits include:

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Music Video Dancer Airdate: October 8, 2009. Appeared in parody music video "Still the Boss" for Slim Thug produced by Daily Show senior correspondent Wyatt Cenac[29][30][31]
2012 Fatal Encounters Secretary Episode: "The Sausage King" Airdate: January 18, 2012
2012 Louie Kendra 2 episodes: Daddy's Girlfriend Part 1 (Airdate: July 19, 2012) and Ikea/Piano Lesson (Airdate: August 9, 2012).

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In June 2012, a character based on a costume Lauren Francesca wore at the 2011 New York Comic Con will appear in a One Shot issue of Zenescope Entertainment's comic series Grimm Fairy Tales.

Lauren Francesca is currently working on a pilot with writer Rex Pickett, author of the novel Sideways. The pilot was accepted into the Just for Laughs festival in 2013.[32]


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  15. ^ "'Curb,' 'Good Wife' Vets Join NYTVF Indie Pilots Competition". The Box. The Wrap. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Space Girl 360 - Marooned! a 360 VR video experience (see instructions below) - The Comedy Minute". Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  17. ^ "Meet the Party People You Wish You Hadn't". RightThisMinute. Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
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  27. ^ "Biography". Lauren Francesca Official Website. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  28. ^ "Hellbenders". tiff.festival'12. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
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  30. ^ Lehman, Daniel. "Lauren Francesca: Role: Backup dancer in 'Still a Boss,' a hip-hop music-video parody for 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart'". Backstage: The Actor's Resource. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  31. ^ "Slim Thug's Music Video - Still a Boss". The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Comedy Central. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  32. ^ "Finalists Announced For 2013 Web Series Pitch Program". Retrieved 6 August 2015. 

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