Louisa Krause

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Louisa Krause
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Krause at South by Southwest, 2015
Louisa Noel Krause

(1986-05-20) May 20, 1986 (age 33)
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
Years active2007–present

Louisa Noel Krause (born May 20, 1986) is an American film, stage, and television actress. After studying drama in college, Krause appeared in numerous Off-Broadway productions while also appearing in episodes of New York-based network television series. Her first film role was in The Babysitters (2007). In 2017, Krause appeared in the lead role of Anna Garner in the television series The Girlfriend Experience.

Early life[edit]

Krause was born May 20, 1986 in Falls Church, Virginia.[1] Her father is of half-Japanese descent (from Okinawa, Japan)[1] and her mother is American. She has a younger brother named Nathaniel who is a director. She began her interest in the arts at a young age by studying dance at the Washington School of Ballet in Washington D.C. Once Krause entered high school, dance took a back seat when she started performing in a variety of plays and musicals including Side Show as Violet Hilton, Gypsy as Mama Rose, and Equus as Dora Strang. After high school, she enrolled in the Carnegie Mellon Drama School. Soon after, Krause felt she was ready to start her professional career as an actress. She earned her Equity card by performing in a summer-stock production of Aida.[2]


Krause began her career in theatre, appearing in numerous Off-Broadway productions. In 2006, Krause appeared in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. In 2007, she starred in the Signature Theatre Company's production of Iphigenia 2.o, in the lead role of Iphigenia. That same year, Krause starred in the world premiere of In a Dark Dark House, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, June 7 – July 7, 2007.[3] She has continued working on stage, appearing in 2013 as Rose in the world premiere of Annie Baker's The Flick at Playwrights Horizons, a role she reprised two years later for a second run at the Barrow Street Theatre[3] and later the National Theatre.

Her first film credits came in 2007 with supporting roles in The Speed of Life and The Babysitters. In 2009, she appeared in the films Taking Woodstock and Toe to Toe.[4] She is known for her work in independent cinema and has appeared in several short films. Krause gained more prominence with a small role in the 2011 feature film Young Adult, in which her scene as the clerk at the hotel where Charlize Theron's character is staying was used for promotional purposes and played in the trailer and TV spots for the film. Krause also made an appearance as a cult member in the 2011 film Martha Marcy May Marlene – a film she became involved with through her work with the Sundance Film Festival.[5]

In 2012, Krause played a role in the film Return and played the lead role in the independent film King Kelly, which opened at South by Southwest.[6] In 2012 she filmed a supporting role in the indie film Bluebird, released in 2015.

Krause has appeared in several television roles, including in the Law & Order episode "Angelgrove" in 2008 as Brenda Tannerman, in Law & Order: Criminal Intent in the episode "Loyalty: Part 1" in 2010 as Jolie, and in Blue Bloods in the 2011 episode "Silver Star" as Kimberly. In 2017, Krause played Anna Carr / Garner (respectively her pseudonymous and real names), one of the lead roles, in the second season of the anthology television series The Girlfriend Experience.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007 The Speed of Life Jule
2007 The Babysitters Brenda Woodberg [7]
2008 Communion Dolly Short film [8]
2009 Taking Woodstock Hippie Girl [8]
2009 Toe to Toe Jesse
2011 The Disarticulation of Sarah Danner Sarah Danner Short film
2011 Dog Hair Short film
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Zoe [8]
2011 Return Shannon [8]
2011 Young Adult Front Desk Girl [8]
2012 King Kelly Kelly [8]
2012 Double or Nothing Becca Short film [8]
2012 Number Nine Short film
2013 Bluebird Marla [8]
2014 The Mend Elinor [8]
2014 The Heart Machine Jessica [8]
2014 Gabriel Sarah [9]
2015 Bare Lucille Jacobs [8]
2015 Ava's Possessions Ava [8]
2015 The Abandoned Julia Streak [8]
2015 Jane Wants a Boyfriend Jane [8]
2016 Donald Cried Kristin [8]
2016 The Phenom Candace Cassidy [8]
2016 Dog Eat Dog Zoe [8]
2016 My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea Gretchen [8]
2017 Woman Walks Ahead Loretta [8]
2017 The Super Beverly [8]
2017 New Money Debbie Tisdale [8]
2018 Skin April
2019 You Can't Win Irish Annie
2019 Dark Waters Karla
TBA Here Today Carrie Filming [10]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 Law & Order Brenda Tannerman Episode: "Angelgrove"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jolie Episode: "Loyalty: Part 1"
2011 Blue Bloods Kimberly Episode: "Silver Star"
2016–2018 Billions Lu 7 episodes
2017 The Girlfriend Experience Anna Carr / Garner Season 2; main cast
2019 Ray Donovan Liberty Season 7; recurring


  1. ^ a b "Louisa Krause". AllMovie. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "Louisa Krause credits". Broadway.com. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Louisa Krause". Lortel Archives. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  4. ^ Lanthier, Joseph Jon (February 23, 2010). "Toe to Toe - Film Review". Slant Magazine. New York City: Slant Magazine LLC. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  5. ^ Glass, Sean (2011-10-21). "Interview: Louisa Krause (Martha Marcy May Marlene)". IOnCinema.com. Archived from the original on November 13, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  6. ^ Fink, John (19 March 2012). "[SXSW Review] King Kelly". The Film Stage. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  7. ^ Holden, Stephen (May 9, 2008). "From High School Student to Ruthless Madam". The New York Times. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Louisa Krause Filmography". AllMovie. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  9. ^ "Gabriel (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on June 18, 2019.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (October 2, 2019). "Film News Roundup: Louisa Krause Joins Billy Crystal Comedy 'Here Today' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 4, 2019.

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