Lauren Kim Biography & Facts
Dorthea Lauren Allegra Lapkus (born September 6, 1985) is an American actress, comedian, impressionist, and podcaster. She is best known for portraying Susan Fischer in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black (2013–2014, 2019) and Jess in the HBO comedy-drama series Crashing (2017–2019). Lapkus has also appeared on the television series Are You There, Chelsea? (2012), Hot in Cleveland (2012), Clipped (2015) and The Big Bang Theory (2018–2019), and in the films Jurassic World (2015), The Unicorn (2018), and The Wrong Missy (2020). She played the voice role of Lotta in the animated comedy series Harvey Girls Forever! (2018–2020).
Lapkus has appeared on various podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang!, improv4humans, and her own podcasts With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus, Laptime with Lauren Lapkus, Threedom, Raised by TV, and Newcomers.
Lapkus was born in Evanston, Illinois, of half Lithuanian and half Greek/Serbian descent. At an early age she filmed sketches with her older brother and later at Evanston Township High School she participated in the annual student revue and variety show YAMO.During her senior year of high school, she began taking improv classes at the iO Theater. She attended DePaul University graduating in 2008 with a degree in English, while she continued performing improv most nights. Lapkus credits watching many television sitcoms and Saturday Night Live while young for educating her to become a comedian.Upon graduation, she moved to New York City for a year where she became involved with Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. After living in New York City for 15 months, she relocated to Los Angeles in 2010.
After almost a year in Los Angeles, Lapkus began landing roles in a number of commercials, including Snickers and Jack in the Box as well as a sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live! From these successes, she got herself representation and during pilot season landed a supporting role in the short lived Are You There, Chelsea?.After self-taping her audition, Lapkus was cast as security guard Susan Fischer on the first and second seasons of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. In 2015, Lapkus and the cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
In 2014, Lapkus launched her own podcast on the Earwolf network, called With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus. The show's premise is that each week her guest is the host of their own podcast, and she is appearing as a character on their show. Her guests have included Paul F. Tompkins, Betsy Sodaro, Andy Daly, Nick Kroll, and Scott Aukerman. She has said that she "never expected to get into podcasts at all" and to her it is funny she has one.In mid-2014, Lapkus was cast in Jurassic World, which she filmed in both Hawaii and New Orleans. Many of her scenes with Jake Johnson were improvised. In 2015, she portrayed Joy the receptionist in TBS's Clipped. In 2016, Lapkus wrote and starred in her own 30-minute episode of the sketch show Netflix Presents: The Characters.Between 2017 and 2019 Lapkus appeared in the HBO series Crashing in the reoccurring role of Jess, the main character's ex-wife.In 2020, Lapkus launched a weekly podcast, Newcomers, with cohost Nicole Byer on the HeadGum podcast network, in which the two friends watch films for the first time (Star Wars in the first season, The Lord of the Rings in the second, and the work of Tyler Perry in the third) and comment on their feelings on each movie as newcomers to the series. Each episode features a guest who provides more background on the series and characters. Past guests have included John Gemberling, Demi Adejuyigbe, Paul F. Tompkins, and Betsy Sodaro.
Lapkus performs improv regularly. She is a cast member of UCB's flagship show Asssscat and improv group Wild Horses
Lapkus married actor and improviser Chris Alvarado on May 3, 2014. She announced their separation on February 14, 2016. Lapkus married actor Mike Castle on October 5, 2018.In May 2021, Lapkus announced that she and her husband are expecting a baby girl in the summer.
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