Alexa Junge is a television writer, producer and screenwriter. She is best known for her work on the series Friends.
A four-time Emmy and two-time WGA Award nominee, Junge grew up in Los Angeles and attended Barnard College, where she wrote for and performed in the Columbia University Varsity Show with David Rakoff and Jeanine Tesori. Junge continued her education at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Junge wrote for Friends from 1994 to 1999. Nominated for three Emmy Awards and a Writers Guild of America Award for the show, Junge also won the National AOL Poll for writing the "All Time Favorite Friends Episode" for "The One Where Everybody Finds Out". Junge went on to write for Once and Again, Sex and the City, The West Wing (for which she was nominated for one Emmy for production and one WGA Award) as well as Big Love and the BBC comedy Clone. Junge also wrote lyrics for Disney's Mulan 2, screenplay and lyrics for Disney’s Lilo & Stitch 2.
A frequent contributor to National Public Radio's This American Life, Junge performed live for their 2008 "What I Learned From Television" tour. She served as Executive Producer and showrunner for the first season of Showtime's series The United States of Tara and worked on Tilda for HBO with Bill Condon, Alan Poul and John Hoffman, and was the executive producer on Best Friends Forever starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair for NBC.
Junge's theatrical adaptation of Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith had its world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in March 2015. She also wrote four episodes of the 2015-16 Netflix series Grace and Frankie.
Junge is the granddaughter of screenwriter Marvin Borowsky and has one son, Henry Petrie.
Alexa Junge on science and society:
Science cannot exist in a vacuum. By nature it is the basis of a free society, but when science is attacked on ideological grounds, its integrity and usefulness are threatened. Independent peer-reviewed research is the cornerstone of science in America; it should not be about the left or the right, but what works to keep people safe and healthy. I believe all Americans and all people employed everywhere, no matter who they are or how they live, deserve research to improve their lives... Scientific truth ennobles us, it tells us who we are, where we have been, and where we are going.