Before ‘Russian Doll’: What Was Natasha Lyonne’s Big Break?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Natasha Lyonne

Natasha Lyonne stars within the binge-worthy Netflix sequence Russian Doll. She portrays the central character, Nadia, who’s a chain-smoking, drug-using software program engineer dwelling in New York City. Nadia turns into trapped in a time loop, doomed to relive her 36th celebration, which all the time ends in her dying. Each time she dies, Nadia wakes up, doomed to repeat the identical day.

Many followers of the present devoured the eight-episode first season in a single sitting, making Lyonne’s Russian Doll one of many most-binged exhibits of 2019, in response to tvtime.com.

Natasha Lyonne
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In addition to starring within the sequence, Lyonne flexes her inventive muscle tissue behind the digicam. She co-created the present alongside Leslye Headland and Jamie Babbit. She additionally serves as an govt producer of the sequence and has directed one episode to date. Lyonne has earned rave evaluations for Russian Doll from friends and followers, however the actress has a protracted listing of different credit and has been working in Hollywood since her youth.

Natasha Lyonne, TV darling

In 1986, 7-year-old Lyonne landed a job on the wildly widespread kids’s tv program, Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Her six-episode stint kicked off her profession in Hollywood. Since then, the actress has taken on varied roles in tv films, in addition to notable guest-starring roles on community exhibits.

Her most well-known tv portrayal earlier than Russian Doll was the function of Nicky on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black from 2013 to 2019. OITNB solidified Netflix’s standing as a streaming large, vaulting Lyonne and her co-stars to worldwide fame. In an interview with IndieWire in regards to the present, she mused, “I really grew up there in many ways.” 

Natasha Lyonne, film star

Beyond her work in tv, Lyonne has labored extensively in characteristic movies. She has a penchant for impartial cinema and has scored roles in indies like Girl Most Likely, The Rambler, and Jack Goes Home. But she has additionally starred in her share of big-budget hits.

Her breakthrough function in American Pie made Lyonne a family identify. She reprised her character in two of the three sequels, American Pie 2 and American Reunion, and made appearances in different blockbuster films and several other quick movies. Most just lately, Lyonne has garnered consideration with a notable cameo within the movie Ad Astra which stars Brad Pitt.

Natasha Lyonne, voice actor

Occasionally, Lyonne lends her distinctive voice to animated tasks. Fans can try Lyonne’s voice appearing abilities in her recurring roles on a number of animated exhibits together with on Ballmastrz 9009, Big Mouth, The Simpsons, and Steven Universe, in addition to the animated characteristic movie, Robots.

Next up for Natasha Lyonne

The actress’ versatility and stellar work has cemented her standing as a inventive power in Hollywood.

This May, followers can catch Lyonne reverse Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Topher Grace, and Chris Cooper in Irresistible. Later in 2020, Lyonne will seem with Andra Day and Evan Ross in director Lee Daniels’ new biopic, The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Audiences can even stay up for seeing her in Russian Doll Season 2, coming quickly to Netflix.

Catch up on Russian Doll Season 1 on Netflix.

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