Louisa Krause

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Louisa Krause
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Louisa Krause at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival
Louisa Noel Krause

(1986-05-20) May 20, 1986 (age 32)

Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Louisa 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 raised in Falls Church, Virginia. Her father is of half-Japanese descent (from Okinawa, Japan) 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.[1]


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.[2] 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[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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 Greenwald, one of the lead roles, in the second season of the anthology television series The Girlfriend Experience.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Speed of Life Jule
2007 The Babysitters Brenda Woodberg
2008 Communion Dolly Short film
2009 Taking Woodstock Hippie Girl
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
2011 Return Shannon
2011 Young Adult Front Desk Girl
2012 King Kelly Kelly
2012 Double or Nothing Becca Short film
2012 Number Nine Short film
2013 Bluebird Marla
2014 The Mend Elinor
2014 The Heart Machine Jessica
2014 Gabriel Sarah
2015 Bare Lucille Jacobs
2015 Ava’s Possessions Ava
2015 The Abandoned Julia Streak
2015 Jane Wants a Boyfriend Jane
2016 Donald Cried Kristin
2016 The Phenom Candace Cassidy
2016 Dog Eat Dog Zoe
2017 Woman Walks Ahead Loretta
2017 The Super Beverly
2017 New Money Debbie Tisdale
2019 You Can’t Win Irish Annie


Year Title Role Notes
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 Lou 7 episodes
2017 The Girlfriend Experience Anna Garner season 2, main cast

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