Louisa Krause (Born May 20, 1986) is an American actress known for her role as cult member Zoe in the 2011 film Martha Marcy May Marlene.


Krause was raised in Falls Church, Virginia. Her father is half Japanese (from Okinawa, Japan) and her mother is American. She has a younger brother named Nathaniel who is also an actor. 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, Mama Rose in Gypsy, and Equues as Dora Strang. After high school she enrolled in the Carnegie Mellon Drama School. Soon after Krause felt she was ready to try to start a professional career as an actress and left school. She earned her Equity card by performing in a summer stock production of Aida.[1]


Krause's first film credits came in 2007 with supporting roles in The Speed of Life and The Babysitters. In 2009 she appeared in the film Taking Woodstock directed by Ang Lee and the film Toe to Toe.[2] She is known for her work in Independent cinema and has appeared in several short films. Krause broke into main stream films in 2011 with appearances in Young Adult directed by Jason Reitman as the goth clerk at the hotel in which Charlize Theron's character is staying. This scene was used for promotional purposes and played in the trailer and T.V spots for the film. Krause is best known for her appearance in Martha Marcy May Marlene, a film which she became involved in through her involvement with the Sundance Film Festival. In the film, she starred opposite Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes as cult member Zoe.[3]

Krause played a part in the 2012 film Return starring Michael Shannon and Linda Cardellini. She will next be starring in the Independent film King Kelly as Kelly, opening at the Tribeca Film Festival.[4] She will also play a supporting role in Bluebird in a cast including John Slattery and Margo Martindale.


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.


Krause has appeared in two Off-Broadway plays. In 2007 she starred in the Signature Theatre Company's production of Iphigenia 2.o in which she played the title character of Iphigenia. She also starred in the world premiere of In a Dark Dark House, by Neil LaBute, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, June 7 – July 7, 2007.[5]

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