Julie Lake

Julie Lake is an American actress, best known for playing inmate Angie Rice on Orange is the New Black,[1] for which she is a two-time winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Julie Lake
Palo Alto, California, United States

Early life and education

While Lake was in Grad School, she dated a fellow actor named Robert Stephan. A native of Palo Alto, California, Lake attended Yale University, where she majored in theater.[2]


Lake acted in theatrical plays in New York for several years, including with Nick Jones.[3] When Jones was hired to be a writer for Orange is the New Black, Jones suggested that Lake audition for the part of Angie Rice.[3] Lake auditioned, and she got the part.[3]

Lake and Shirin Najafi created a web series called George and Julie, which is about a struggling actress in Hollywood who seeks advice from her cat George who degrades her.[3]

Lake and Najafi also created a web series called Mental, which is about two friends and their anxiety and mental instability.[4]

Personal life

Lake is married. When she was asked to do a make-out scene on Orange Is the New Black (as her character has drugs delivered via a kiss from a visitor), the producers asked her if she had someone in mind for the part, and her husband was brought in for the role.[5]



  1. Kinonen, Sarah (30 July 2016). "Orange Is the New Black Star Julie Lake Says Her 'Hideous' On-Screen Makeunder Takes '2 Minutes'". People. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  2. "Julie Lake". JulieLakeActress.com. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  3. Wood, James. "Actress Julie Lake Talks New Season of 'Orange is the New Black', Other Projects". Allentown Examiner. June 6, 2015.
  4. Wood, James. "'Mental': Julie Lake and Shirin Najafi Discuss Their Comedic New Web Series". Allentown Examiner. March 26, 2016.
  5. ""OITNB" Star Julie Lake Talks "Hideous" Makeunder & That Shocking Season 4 Death". TooFab. July 5, 2016. Retrieved May 1, 2017.

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