Julie Lake
Palo Alto, California, United States

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.

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. ^ a b c d 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.