Angela Lewis plays Franklin's “Aunt Louie,” who, as Franklin’s right hand, continues to be deeply entrenched in the family business. Realizing her discontentment may have led her to make mistakes, Louie returns this season with a renewed focus knowing who she is and what she wants, and is willing to fight to protect it.
Rising star Angela Lewis has garnered many roles in some of the most illustrious Off-Broadway play productions to award-winning drama television series.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Lewis credits her drive and success to the city of Detroit and the public-school education she received. At the age of three, she desired to be an actress and soon became the entertainer of the family. Her very supportive family had provided her with saxophone, as well as dance, jazz and tap lessons, which molded her into a performer. Growing up in Detroit, she had to apply and engage herself in her studies that subsequently gave her intellectual growth and the perseverance she has today. She continued to develop as an artist by being involved in theater club in high school and performing arts guild theater productions in her beloved city of Detroit. She attended and received an undergraduate degree in Theatre Performance at the University of Michigan. After attending a student trip to New York City with her Tony Award®-winning teacher Ms. Marilyn McCormick to view a Broadway production, Lewis was compelled to make the move to New York one day.
Upon graduating, she made the move to New York City to pursue her acting career. Her time in New York helped her land her first major role in an Off-Broadway play production, “History of the Word,” that gained her an equity card, her first agent and her first manager.
Once gaining approval on taking on more challenging auditions, she landed a role in San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse’s production of “Milk Like Sugar,” which became the winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Playwriting and 2011 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play. There, she met her husband-to-be and fellow co-actor J. Mallory McCree. They began dating that year and married in August of 2014 in their hometown of Detroit, Michigan. While living in New York, she gained her first television role on the HBO critically-acclaimed drama series The Big C as Laura Linney’s nurse. Then, after much discussion, the happy newlyweds moved to Los Angeles to further pursue their dreams. Lewis quickly began working as a voiceover and commercial talent for brands such as Verizon, AT&T and McDonald’s, to name a few. She then guest-starred in TNT’s The Last Ship. With appearances in many popular hit TV shows, such as Nickelodeon’s iCarly, CBS’ Code Black and ABC’s Emmy®-winning show Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, Lewis is sure to show the industry her never-ending talent.
Now residing in Los Angeles with her husband, Lewis spends her time between film and TV projects by giving back to charities that have been significant to her such as American Cancer Society, Black and Missing Foundation and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She spends her time with yoga, weight-lifting and dance classes. Lewis is vegan, which helps her in making fun food recipes and she loves to dabble in arts and crafts.
You can follow Lewis at @luvangelalewis on Twitter and Instagram and at www.luvangelalewis.com.