Yael Stone is an Australian actress. She has worked extensively in Australian theatre and has won two Sydney Theatre Awards. On screen, she is best known for her portrayal of Lorna Morello in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Stone is also known for her support of abortion rights and climate protection, and has vocally advocated for women’s issues.
Years active: 1999–present
Born: March 06, 1985, 38 years old and 8 months, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Sun Sign: Pisces
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Light Brown
Height: 5 ft – 152.5 cm
Measurement: 34-25-35 inches, (86.36-63.5-88.9 cm)
Bra size: 34B US – 75B EU
Early life and education
Father – Harry Stone (Architect)
Mother – Judy Stone (Nurse)
Siblings – Jake Stone (Older Brother) (Lead Singer of the Australian band Bluejuice), Elana Stone (Older Sister) (Musician)
Spouse – Dan Spielman (m. 2012; div. 2016)
Yael has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry on her father side and English ancestry on her mother side.
Stone was born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales, the daughter of Judy, a nurse, and Harry Stone, an architect. Her father was born in Czechoslovakia, to Holocaust survivor parents. Stone’s father is from a Jewish family and her mother, who is of Romanian descent, converted to Judaism. Her brother, Jake Stone, was the lead singer of the band Bluejuice. Her sister, Elana Stone, is also a musician.
She completed her schooling at Balmain Public School.
Stone attended the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in New South Wales, Australia.
Stone began acting as a child, with roles in the film Me Myself I and the miniseries The Farm. She worked primarily in theatre; at the 2008 Sydney Theatre Awards, she won the awards for Best Newcomer and Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Kid. She also worked in television, including supporting roles in All Saints and Spirited. From 2010 to 2011, she appeared in The Diary of a Madman (a theatrical adaptation of the Gogol short story), a role for which she was again nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Sydney Theatre Awards. In February 2011, she travelled to New York City to perform in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s production of The Diary of a Madman, before returning to lead roles in A Golem Story, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, and As You Like It in Sydney.
Stone moved to New York permanently in December 2011 and co-founded an experimental theatre company. After four months in New York, she was cast in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, a show set in a women’s prison. Stone plays Lorna Morello, a prisoner from Boston; her accent, a mixture of Brooklyn and Boston, was called “the most amazing accent on television” by a journalist for The New Republic, while another reviewer deemed the role to be Stone’s “breakout turn”. She reprised her role in the show’s second season, and was billed as a series regular in the third season.
She has also appeared on the HBO and web series High Maintenance.
Yael made her theatrical film debut as Stacy in the 1999 romantic comedy Me Myself I.
First TV Show
Yael made her television show debut in 2001 in the drama mini-series The Farm as Young Sam Cooper.
Yael Stone Favorite Things
Podcasts – Dan Carlin Hardcore History, Dan Savage Lovecast, On the Media, This American Life
Lipstick Color – Red
Dessert – Lamingtons
Yael Stone Facts
Yael was initially hired as a floating character in Orange is The New Black and later was made a series regular from season 3.
She auditioned for her role in Orange is the New Black the next day after her wedding to ex-husband Dan Spielman in 2012 in New York. Yael initially auditioned for the role of Nicky Nichols which was eventually played by Natasha Lyonne.
She co-founded a theater collective which promotes creative writing and ideas called The Cannery.
Yael started learning Hebrew when she was 12 years old. Before her bat mitzvah, Yael confessed to her father that she does not feel a connection with God.