Toe to Toe
American fresh face Louisa Krause starred as Jesse in Emily Abt's friendship drama, “Toe to Toe” (2009), which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. It was her forth film after Ed Radtke's “The Speed of Life” (2007), David Ross' “The Babysitters” (2007) and Ang Lee's “Taking Woodstock” (2009). She has had guest role in the TV series “Law & Order.”
Childhood and Family:
Louisa Krause was born on May 20, 1986, in Falls Church, Virginia.
The Speed of Life
Louisa Krause broke into the cinematic industry with a supporting part as Jule on the drama “The Speed of Life” (2007), directed by Ed Radtke, who also co-wrote the script with by M.S. Nieson. The film won the Queer Lion at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. She followed it up with a bigger role on the David Ross indie-drama “The Babysitters” (also 2007), about a teenager who turns her babysitting service into a call girl service for married men after fooling around with one of her customers. Playing
Brenda Woodberg, she was cast along side big names like John Leguizamo and Cynthia Nixon as well as fellow newcomer Katherine Waterston.
In 2008, Krause branched out to television when she landed the role of Brenda Tannerman in “Angelgrove,” an episode of the NBC long-running crime series “Law & Order.” Later that same year, she starred as Dolly in “Communion,” a 16 minute film directed and penned by Markus Kirschner.
Krause had an uncredited part as hippie girl in Ang Lee's “Taking Woodstock,” about the Woodstock Festival of 1969. Starring Demetri Martin, Jonathan Groff, Eugene Levy, Imelda Staunton, Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the comedy/drama premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2009, and will be shown at the Biografilm Festival in Italy on June 11. It is scheduled to receive theatrical release in the U.S. on August 14, 2009.
However, Krause did not graduate to a leading role until she was cast as high schooler Jesse in Emily Abt's “Toe to Toe” (2009), opposite Sonequa Martin. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2009 and ended up winning the nomination for the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Competition. Strand Releasing acquired all US rights to the film in May 2009.