Emily Meade is an American actress who is best known for her roles on the HBO drama series The Leftovers and The Deuce.
In addition to her roles on HBO shows, Meade has appeared in various films such as Twelve, My Soul to Take, Gimme Shelter, That Awkward Moment, Money Monster, and Nerve, and additional television series such as Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Broad City.
Meade, born January 10, 1988, in New York City, began acting when she was 18-years-old, landing her first role in the 2006 film The House Is Burning.
From 2006 to 2013, Meade starred in thirteen movies before getting her big break by being cast That Awkward Moment, which starred Michael B. Jordan and Zac Effron.
In addition to That Awkward Moment, Meade is perhaps best known for her roles in season one of the hit HBO religious fantasy drama The Leftovers and seasons one and two (and counting) of the HBO drama The Deuce, which is about the birth of the porn industry in 1970’s New York City.
Meade has a role on The Deuce that extends far beyond what we see on screen. According to reports, after suggestions from Meade, the series brought on Alicia Rodis as an “intimacy coordinator/director”, who is specifically on set to” help the actors during sex scenes, making sure they all felt safe and nobody was distressed.”
In the series The Deuce, Meade portrays Lori Madison, an impressionable young woman newly arrived to New York City from Minnesota who becomes a sex worker.