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Louisa Krause stars in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," opposite Elizabeth Olsen, Christopher Abbott and Hugh Dancy, as Zoe.

Louisa Krause gained critical acclaim in the feature film, "Toe to Toe," which was an official selection for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film is a candid portrayal of teenage promiscuity, race relations, and socio-economic struggle set in present day Washington, DC. Krause plays the lead role of Jessie, a rich suburban teen whose self destructive lifestyle threatens her friendships and future. Her raw performance made her Gen Art's choice as one of the Fresh Faces of Sundance.

Krause is now an emerging talent in film and television, with three feature films released in just 2011. In "The Return," Krause co-stars opposite Michael Shannon and Linda Cardellini, as Shannon, a small town girl welcoming her best friend back from her tour of duty in Iraq. Krause also has a standout role in "Young Adult" with Charlize Theron and Patrick Wilson, directed by Jason Reitman.

Her first film "The Speed of Life," directed by Ed Radtke, was an official selection at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. Krause portrayed a pregnant teenager facing harsh realities in this gritty drama. In "The Babysitters," which was an official selection for the 2007 Toronto Film Festival, Krause played one of a group of high school girls involved in a babysitting service turned call-girl ring. Krause also had a small role in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock" and was featured in an episode of "Law & Order," as a fanatical Christian cult member involved with a woman's death.

Krause's early days were spent as a dancer, training at the Washington School of Ballet, where she performed in "The Nutcracker" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." After high school, Krause enrolled in Carnegie Mellon's famed drama program, and after a year, she decided to leave school to pursue acting full time in New York City. Immediately, she realized it was the right decision when she landed her Equity card with a role as a slave dancer in a summer stock Aida. Krause starred opposite Ron Livingston and Fredrick Weller in her off-Broadway debut In a "Dark Dark House." She received glowing reviews as a precocious teen who has a dangerous flirtation with an older man.  

Some of Krause's other theater credits include "The Glass Menagerie" (Guild Hall), "Rocket to the Moon" (Long Wharf Theatre), "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (Huntington Theatre), "Dance Light" (Carnegie Mellon Rauh Studio), "Side Show," "The Cripple of Inishmaan" (George C. Marshall), Kennedy Center performances of "Love's Labour's Lost," "Coppelia" (American Ballet Theatre), and "Hansel and Gretel."

Krause is originally from Falls Church, Virginia, and currently resides in New York City.


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Age: 30 years old
Birthday: May 20, 1986
Birthplace: Falls Church, VA
Current Residence: New York, NY

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