Natasha Lyonne
Actress
Natasha Lyonne
Natasha Lyonne is an American stage, film, and television actress, known for her roles in the American Pie series, as well as the films Everyone Says I Love You, Slums of Beverly Hills, But I'm a Cheerleader, and Blade: Trinity.
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A Queer Cult Classic Will Be Re-Born With Drew Droege As Its Star
Huffington Post - 10 days
Hot on the heels of his off-Broadway triumph, Drew Droege will try a queer cult classic on for size.  The actor-comedian returns to the stage Friday as the star of Charles Busch’s 1999 comedy, “Die, Mommie, Die!,” at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles. Billed as a “Greek tragedy on acid” and a campy tribute to midcentury Hollywood melodramas, “Die, Mommie, Die!” follows Angela Arden (Droege), an aging Hollywood star who murders her husband and attempts to find happiness in the arms of a young lover. As is the case with most of Busch’s satirical work, however, not everything is what it seems, and gender-bending, bed-hopping and pill-popping abound.  Droege, who was last seen in the hit solo comedy “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns,” in New York and Los Angeles, told The Huffington Post that the “batshit crazy” play tackles issues like homophobia and ageism in Hollywood that still feel relevant today. Best known for his viral YouTube impersonations of actress Chloë Sevigny, Dr ...
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Natasha Lyonne: Random Houses
NPR - 5 months
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While You Were Out Living Your Life, 'Mom' Became A Compliment On The Internet
Huffington Post - 5 months
You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. On Monday night, everyone’s girl crush Carrie Brownstein released a video for the label Kenzo at New York Fashion Week called “The Realest Real.” In the six-minute short, a young woman named Abby is brought to a dystopian office space representing lives lived on social media. Followers manifest themselves physically and comments, seeming so innocently hyperbolic onscreen, become dazzling realities.  Abby, we learn, posted a comment below a caption ― a casual remark about NASA ― written by “Orange Is the New Black” actress Natasha Lyonne on Instagram. “Do you recall what you wrote in this comment on our national space program?” asks the Minister of Public-Private Relations for the Institute of the Real and the Really Real, before answering himself: “You wrote ‘mom.’” “A term of affection implying you’re so fond of Ms. Lyonne, tha ...
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Carrie Brownstein's short film is a social media nightmare. But there are puppies!
Yahoo News - 5 months
Be grateful you don't see a person phyiscally walk away when they unfollow you on social media.  "They're fickle like that. You'll never know what you did wrong, so don't even worry about it," explains Rowan Blanchard a friendly but deeply unsettling tone in Carrie Brownstein's new dystopian short film.  In The Realest Real , the campaign for fashion house Kenzo's Fall/Winter 2016 campaign, brings to life all the minor social media interactions you don't think twice about — or overthink to the point of self-sabotage.  It also stars Mahershala Ali, Natasha Lyonne, Kim Gordon and these talented photographers: Colin Kaepernick confuses 'South Park' characters in new Season 20 teaser Watch the chic fashion revolutions of the past century Bulldog pretty sure that owner's wine bottle holder is a viable playmate Dog loses it the moment he realizes it's time for the dog park
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Fashion Diary: The Stars Come Out for Opening Ceremony’s Fashion Week Agitprop
NYTimes - 5 months
Natasha Lyonne, Rashida Jones, Rosario Dawson and Rowan Blanchard back the designers in their promotion of “loud and proud“ American voices.
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Snapshot: Natasha Lyonne, So Much More Than ‘the Girl’
NYTimes - 6 months
Ms. Lyonne, who has two new movies, talks about working with her old friends Chloë Sevigny and Clea DuVall, women in Hollywood and her troubled past.
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From 'American Pie' to 'Orange Is the New Black' Natasha Lyonne plays the IMDB game
LATimes - 6 months
The Internet Movie Database is one of the most popular websites for tracking the work of actors, filmmakers and others in the movie and TV world. We've asked some actors to look at their own IMDb page and comment on some of their best-known roles. Natasha Lyonne is currently experiencing what feels...
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Aubrey Plaza Just Revealed A Surprising Fact About Her Sexuality
Huffington Post - 8 months
When it comes to falling in love, “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza says gender isn’t a factor for her.  The 32-year-old actress opened up about her sexuality in a new interview with The Advocate, and though she stopped short of using the term “bisexual,” she acknowledged that her “androgynous, masculine” energy attracts both men and women ― and she’s perfectly fine with that.  “I know I have an androgynous thing going on, and there’s something masculine about my energy,” she said. “Girls are into me — that’s no secret. Hey, I’m into them, too. I fall in love with girls and guys. I can’t help it.” Plaza, who can currently be seen opposite Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick in “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” also recalled playing a lesbian character in the 2015 comedy, “Addicted to Fresno.”  The role of Kelly, she said, was “less about pretending to be a lesbian and more about portraying a human with a massive crush on Natasha Lyonne’s character.” As it turns out, that ...
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Chad Michael Murray Is Way Past His 'One Tree Hill' Days
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's been almost four years since we said goodbye to "One Tree Hill," and nearly seven since Chad Michael Murray hung up his "Keith Scott Body Shop" sweatshirt. And although he still has fond memories of the show and playing the beloved Lucas Scott, Murray is eager to show you what else he's got. "I’ve been very blessed over the last few years to have opportunities that I wouldn’t have necessarily gotten in the past," he told us during a chat at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was promoting his new movie "Outlaws and Angels." "I’m just pushing the envelope every day and I’m going to keep doing it because it’s fun when things scare you. When they scare you, that means you’re really going to do everything you can to be great."  "Outlaws and Angels" is a real departure for the 34-year-old actor. The JT Mollner-helmed Western-esque thriller was shot on 35mm Kodak film and Panavision cameras, and tells the story of cold-hearted outlaw Henry (Murray), whose gang of bank thieves ...
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The Fellowship Of The Film
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The team behind the movie "The Greasy Strangler" came up with a brilliant marketing scheme. Speckled throughout the Sundance Film Festival were bright pink "Greasy" hats emblazoned with the iconic, bubbly letters featured in the title of the hit 1978 movie-musical, "Grease." The cast and crew members may or may not have known "Grease: Live" would be airing a week later, but hey, the head gear got a lot of attention, as did their movie.  This bizarre comedy probably never would've been made if it wasn't for SpectreVision, a production company run by filmmakers Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller. The group's goal is to tell "heartfelt, character driven stories tackling real emotional and social issues that test the boundaries of the genre space," and boy, do they do that. From "Cooties" and "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" to "Open Windows," SpectreVision has produced an array of films, with "The Greasy Strangler" premiering in the midnight section at Sundance.  The fi ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Natasha Lyonne
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 36
    From 2016, she took up voicing the character of Smoky Quartz, in Cartoon Network's hit show Steven Universe.
    More Details Hide Details Lyonne lives in New York City. In 2005, Lyonne was evicted by her landlord, actor Michael Rapaport, following numerous complaints by other tenants about her behavior.
  • 2014
    Age 34
    In 2014, Lyonne was cast in Amy Poehler's NBC comedy pilot Old Soul, directed by David Wain.
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    She received her first Primetime Emmy nomination for the role in 2014.
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    Lyonne was estranged from her father, who lived on the Upper West Side until his death in October 2014 and in 2013 was a Republican candidate for City Council for the sixth District of Manhattan.
    More Details Hide Details Lyonne has said she is not close with her mother and has essentially lived independently of her family since age 16. As a young child, Lyonne was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency. At the age of six, she was cast as Opal on Pee-wee's Playhouse, followed by film appearances in Heartburn, A Man Called Sarge, and Dennis the Menace. On working as a very young child actor, Lyonne said: "I didn’t have the best parents. I don’t think they are bad people. Even if they were ready to have children, it is kind of a wacky idea to put your child in business at six years old." When she was 16, Woody Allen cast her in Everyone Says I Love You, which led to appearances in almost 30 films over the next 10 years, including starring roles in the independent films Slums of Beverly Hills and But I'm a Cheerleader. Lyonne's other films include Detroit Rock City, Scary Movie 2, The Grey Zone, Kate and Leopold, Party Monster, and Blade: Trinity. She has also made television appearances on shows such as NBC's Will and Grace. In what is perhaps her most well known role, she appeared as Jessica in the American Pie film series.
    She currently portrays Nicky Nichols in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, for which she received a nomination for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
    More Details Hide Details Lyonne was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Ivette (née Buchinger) and Aaron Braunstein, a boxing promoter, race car driver, and radio host, who was distantly related to cartoonist Al Jaffee. Lyonne's parents were both from Orthodox Jewish families, and she herself was raised Orthodox. Her mother was born in Paris, France, to Hungarian Jewish parents who were Holocaust survivors. Lyonne sometimes darkly jokes that her family consists of "my father's side, Flatbush, and my mother's side, Auschwitz." Her grandmother Ella came from a large family, but only she and her two sisters and two brothers survived, which Lyonne credits to their blonde hair and blue eyes. Lyonne's grandfather, Morris Buchinger, operated a watch company in Los Angeles. During the war, he hid in Budapest as a non-Jew working in a leather factory.
  • 2012
    Age 32
    She quickly recovered from the surgery, and discussed her past health problems on The Rosie Show in March 2012.
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    In late 2012, Lyonne was reported to be developing a TV series for Fox Television about a young girl, who, fresh out of rehab and committed to starting a new life as a sober, responsible adult, is forced to move in with her conservative brother and young family.
    More Details Hide Details She is currently starring as Nicky Nichols in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, for which she has received positive reviews. The role is Lyonne's first television show as a series regular.
    Lyonne participated in New Group's benefit performance of Women Behind Bars in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details On working in the theater: "There’s something about theater that squashes the self-critical voices because you have to be in the moment. I’m glad that I didn’t do this before I was ready, before I was capable of showing up every day. That is not a skill set I had before." Lyonne has made guest appearances on the series Weeds, New Girl, Will and Grace, and Law & Order Special Victims Unit.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2006
    Age 26
    In January 2006, another arrest warrant was issued for her after she missed another hearing.
    More Details Hide Details Her lawyer said an emergency had arisen, but did not give details. Later that year, Lyonne was in the Caron Foundation, a drug and alcohol treatment center, and appeared in court after missing several court dates to face earlier charges of mischief, trespass and harassment. A judge sentenced her to conditional discharge. Lyonne underwent open heart surgery to correct damage caused by her heart infection.
  • 2005
    Age 25
    In 2005, Lyonne was in Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan under a pseudonym, and had been there for over a month after being transferred from Bellevue Hospital.
    More Details Hide Details She reportedly suffered from hepatitis C, a heart infection, and a collapsed lung, and was undergoing methadone treatment.
    In April 2005, an arrest warrant was issued for Lyonne for failure to appear in court on the charges.
    More Details Hide Details Prosecutors say she attended court, but arrived an hour late and only stayed for 30 minutes. Police were unable to locate Lyonne until her hospitalization was reported in August. Charges were later dropped.
  • 2004
    Age 24
    In December 2004, Lyonne was arrested after verbally threatening her neighbor, breaking a mirror in the neighbor's apartment, and threatening to molest the neighbor's dog.
    More Details Hide Details She spent a night in jail before being arraigned on charges of criminal mischief, harassment, and trespassing. The details of this incident did not become publicly known until two years had passed.
  • 2002
    Age 22
    In August 2002, Lyonne pleaded guilty to drunk driving and paid $1,000 in fines and court fees, performed 50 hours of community service, took part in a victim's panel organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, was placed on probation for one year, and had her license suspended for one year.
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  • 2001
    Age 21
    In August 2001, Lyonne was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after she ran her rented car onto a Miami Beach sidewalk, hitting a road sign and causing minor damages.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on April 4, 1979.
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