|Born||July 11, 1964|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||University of South Alabama|
|Spouse(s)||Andy Gallagher (2014-present)|
Laura Cayouette (born July 11, 1964) is an American actress, writer, producer, and director.
Cayouette was born in Washington, D.C.  and grew up in Maryland. Laura graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in English, then graduated a year later from University of South Alabama with an M.A. in Creative Writing and English Literature. In 2014, Cayouette was made their Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient  and her name was added to the university's clock tower. Before pursuing a career in acting, Cayouette worked as a nightclub DJ, model, English professor, dress shop manager  and a ticket taker at Universal City Walk Hollywood. She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York  before moving to Los Angeles in 1992. There, she studied with Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, then with Ivana Chubbuck at her studio.
Best known as Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly, main antagonist Calvin Candie's sister, in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Cayouette's acting career started in 1996 with a role in The Evening Star (1996), the sequel to Terms of Endearment, opposite Shirley MacLaine and Juliette Lewis. The same year she worked with David Duchovny and Garry Shandling on an award-winning episode of The Larry Sanders Show and followed that with the Friends episode "The One With the Screamer".
Cayouette has worked with Tarantino four times. He first directed her in Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (2004), then produced as she acted in Daltry Calhoun, a 2005 film directed by Charles Bronson’s daughter, Katrina Holden Bronson. In 2008, Cayouette and Tarantino produced Hell Ride, a biker movie featuring Cayouette, Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen and David Carradine, and followed that up with Django Unchained (2012).
During her 25-year career, Cayouette has worked with Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Will Smith, Richard Dreyfuss, Kevin Costner, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks, Scott Bakula, Kerry Washington, Walton Goggins, Gene Hackman, Jamie Foxx, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Hendricks, Hayden Christensen, David Morse, Michael Jai White, Kate Bosworth, Ruth Buzzi, Mykelti Williamson, Malcolm McDowell, Lauren Holly, Johnny Knoxville, Josh Charles, Kofi Siriboe, Sammo Hung, Candy Clark, Arsenio Hall, Dick Van Dyke and many more. Directors include Tony Scott, Sam Raimi, Anthony Hemingway, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Todd Holland, Peter Gould, Martin Campbell, Louis Letterier, and Bertrand Blier.
Cayouette directed Joanna Cassidy and Danica McKellar in the 2004 short film, Intermission then directed Richard Dreyfuss and Mircea Monroe in the 2011 short film, Lone Star Trixie. Cayouette is the first person to ever wear a Project Runway dress to the Oscars. Designer Austin Scarlett accompanied her to the event.
Cayouette has written seven books, including Know Small Parts: An Actor's Guide to Turning Minutes into Moments and Moments into a Career with foreword by Richard Dreyfuss and endorsements from Kevin Costner, Reginald Hudlin, and Lou Diamond Phillips. She is also the author of a coming of age novel, Lemonade Farm, and the amateur-sleuth Charlotte Reade Mysteries series set in New Orleans and highlighting cultural events like Jazz Fest, Southern Decadence, and the Mardi Gras Indians’ Super Sunday, as well as moments like the Saints Super Bowl victory during Carnival, the BP oil spill, and Hurricane Isaac.
Cayouette writes a blog, LAtoNOLA.com, recounting many of those same events as well as dancing with the New Orleans Pussyfooters in the Mardi Gras parades and riding with Quentin Tarantino in the Monarch float after she arranged for him to preside over the Krewe of Orpheus parade during Mardi Gras 2014.
She was elected as a Convention Delegate in the 2019 SAG-AFTRA New Orleans Local election. More recent acting roles include the recurring Marlene in Ava Duverney's Queen Sugar and John Schneider's wife in the film Hate Crime (2017).
|1996||The Evening Star||Becky|
|1997||Lovelife||Woman in the Window|
|1998||Krippendorf's Tribe||TV Studio Woman|
|Enemy of the State||Christa Hawkins|
|1999||For Love of the Game||Masseuse|
|2000||Meeting Daddy||Happy Ending Girl||Uncredited|
|2001||Anacardium AKA Deranged||Ashley|
|2004||Kill Bill: Vol. 2||Rocket|
|Intermission (Short)||Toilet Paper Lady||Writer, Director|
|2005||Daltry Calhoun||Wanda Banks|
|2007||Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane||Dr. Kelly|
|2008||Hell Ride||Dani||Also associate producer|
|The Appearance of Things||Elizabeth|
|Pulse 2: Afterlife||Amy||Direct-to-video|
|2011||Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown||Vail|
|Green Lantern||Party Guest #1|
|Lone Star Trixie (Short)||Trixie||Writer, Director|
|2012||Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter||Vadoma Maid||Uncredited|
|Django Unchained||Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly|
|2013||Now You See Me||Hypnotized Woman|
|2014||The Loft||Mrs. Kotkin|
|American Heist||Lone Officer|
|Dark Places||Krissi Cates' Mother|
|Shark Island (TV Movie)||Dr. Palmer|
|Sex School||Wanda Cox|
|Like Son||Susie Rugger|
|Cold Moon||Ginny Darrish|
|2017||Bad Stepmother (TV Movie)||Jeanette|
|Camera Store||Brenda Klammadge|
|Hate Crime||Marie Demarco|
|1996||The Larry Sanders Show||Carol||Episode: "Everybody Loves Larry"|
|Flipper||Beth McKenzie||Episode: "Best of the Beach"|
|1997, 2004||Friends||Cailin||Episode: "The One With The Screamer" |
"The One with All the Other Ones: Part 2" (archive footage)
|1999||Fantasy Island||Episode: "The Real Thing"|
|Diagnosis: Murder||Evette||Episode: "Murder on the Hour"|
|Nash Bridges||Stephanie Green||Episode: "Vendetta"|
|Martial Law||Kay Morgan||Episode: "Call of the Wild"|
|2000||The Pretender||Jenna McGann||Episode: "Lifeline"|
|JAG||Lieutenant Irene Charlton||Episode: "Body Talk"|
|2012–2013||Treme||Kay||Episode: "Knock with Me - Rock with Me" |
|2014||True Detective||Theresa Weems||Episode: "Who Goes There"|
|2017||House of Cards||Woman||Episode: Chapter 57|
|2017–2018||Queen Sugar||Marlene||Episode: "After the Winter" |
Episode: "Caroling Dusk"
Episode: "Freedom's Plow"
Episode: "Dream Variations"
Episode: "Your Passages Have Been Paid"
- Bill Capo [@BillCapo] (May 24, 2014). "Actress Laura Cayouette gets married in the heart of her favorite city, under the arch at Armstrong Park" (Tweet) – via Twitter.