Natasha Lyonne

(Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein)

Natasha Lyonne
Natasha Lyonne
  • Born: April 4, 1979
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress

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Natasha Lyonne, is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Nicky Nichols on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present), for which she received an Emmy Award nomination in 2014, and for her role as Jessica in the American Pie film series (1999–2012).

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Anormal day looks like, you know, shower, put on the same jeans, the same tattered Gucci loafers I got at the thrift store, white socks, and my t-shirt and my very beat-up Helmut Lang blazer. I'm in the exact same outfit every day.
As a New Yorker, or wherever I am, I just want to know I can get our of the house in five minutes if I have to and not have to spend a bunch of time obsessing in the mirror, trying on a million different options. Now, I just know what works. Time
As a woman, I've learned that having a uniform of your staples or setting your look and saying what distinguishes you - like red lips or hair or whatever - leaves so much time for the rest of the day. Time
As wild as I was, when the cops show up, and suddenly you're being handcuffed, it's so deeply shocking and terrifying, the loss of freedom. Freedom & Liberty
Beauty was never really my trip. Maybe those roles are attracted to me?
From the first instant I met her, I wanted to be Nora Ephron. I just really wanted to please her.
I adore Eddie Kaye Thomas and Jason Biggs. Eddie was the only one who called me when they were doing 'American Reunion' and told me, 'You need to do this.'
I always see the absurdity in most situations. It's my experience of how life works. Life
I do have an outsider's complex of getting made fun of. I was made fun of as a kid, and I don't have the stomach for it.
I don't really feel like I need to be a teenager ever again.
I feel like I just have such the blood and bones of a New Yorker that I can almost imagine better, like, giving up the fight and not being able to afford the city and going out West, keeping a small place here, and then when I'm like 80, coming back here, living on the park and going to the theater.
I grew up in Manhattan, and I've always had all kinds of people around me. I've always had a very 'live and let live' point of view.
I have a deep compassion for the idea that it's okay to be myself. The idea that anything 'other' is bad and wrong and broken is so wildly off base.
I have a lot of friends who are trying to clean up their act, or that are still making trouble for themselves, so I'm definitely well-versed on what goes on in the mind and the heart of a person who self-destructs as their coping mechanism, and also what they're like when you take their preferred substance away.
I have a pretty fancy facialist, this woman Dale Breault. Getting older, it's a good thing to have a serious facialist.
I have a theory that self-made, first-generation actresses don't feel entitled to success. Success
I have to say, I'm still surprised anyone's nice to me, that anyone talks to me. But I think people understand that other people go through things. We're all a bit gonzo, and you're allowed to take a little time to get your head on straight. Time
I learned that if you're going to be a troublemaker, you don't want a ton of witnesses, because there's inevitable fallout from living like you're in 'Lord of the Flies.'
I often think my boyfriend is going to leave me just from seeing how I talk to the dog. But you know, when you are talking to your dog, you are accessing this softer side of you. Everything else melts away.
I started wearing all black around the time I got into Nirvana. I first heard 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' when I was about 12, and I remember jumping on my bed, so excited about it. Time
I was this kid who had been raised in New York, and now all of a sudden, my mother decided that she was a Jewish divorcee and therefore she should be living in Miami Beach.
I will take the subway and look at certain women and think 'God, that woman's story will never be told. How come that lady doesn't get a movie about her?' Women ;Religion & God
I would have done well as a gypsy child, I think. A circus baby. I coulda played a great street urchin or ragamuffin. Or just been one. I certainly liked entertaining people and making jokes, but I don't know necessarily if that's what your child is prone to that you should necessarily put them in a real working industry at six years old.
I would love to option 'Crying of Lot 49' and turn it into a movie. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If I was a bajillionaire, I would spend a lot of time at Barneys just buying all kinds of great things all the time. I would have so many black cashmeres it would be out of control. I like the way nice things feel very much. Time
I'm not someone who went to acting school - I was just out of the gate, doing it.
I'm not to be confused with Natasha Henstridge in 'Species,' where I just emerge out of the weird alien womb looking amazing. I really rely heavily on my black outfits and my gold chains to give me sort of a thing.
I'm somebody who believes in funny things, and laughing, but I do like for them to come from a place that addresses the human condition. Humor
In my experience of living, for a time, in the underbelly of society, I spent a lot of time in various holding cells. Society ;Time
It's a wild thing, that people have the ability to help each other by just relating to one another.
It's not easy trying to navigate your internal world in the public eye.
It's such a weird thing: to sit and look at yourself is so distracting to the psyche. It would be like me standing in front of a mirror and looking at myself all day, trying to find a flaw.
Let's face it. I'm an open book.
Life is a wildly transient thing with people coming into your life and dropping away. It definitely takes work to maintain relationships. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My family moved to Israel when I was eight until I was 10, and then we came back, and my parents split up. I was suddenly in a single-parent home and on scholarship. Fifth grade was such a hard year for me. Families, Children & Parenting
My hair is such a statement that it's like a neon sign asking for trouble.
Rather than spend so much time wondering if I'm going to get hired, or is it a problem that I've got this black-tar history, I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing and try to be decent. Time ;History
That's usually how I get to know strangers - get inappropriately touchy. Once they've experienced the awkwardness of you being way too close for comfort, after that, it all gets easy.
The aging process is totally minimizing. Life in general is pretty minimizing because you have a lot of big ideas, and you have to battle the mistaken delusions and instability that come with youth. Life
The thing about curly hair is that it's a toss-up. Some days you can let it air dry and it's better than a hair-do, but some days you just look like a sloppy person. I'm really resistant to a trim. I only do it when it gets hard to brush out in the shower, then I'll submit, begrudgingly.
The world at large doesn't always make sense to me, and there are safe havens. Linda Manz in 'Out of the Blue' is one of them.
There are beauty icons that I can never be like, sorta like a Gena Rowlands - I'll never have that look. I love Giulietta Masina, the great Fellini actress. But I'm probably more Seymour Cassel. Or somewhere between Lou Reed and Nora Ephron? Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There are epic downsides to living a somewhat public life. The upshot of that is there's nothing to hide. It's a relief in a way. There's nothing about me that can't be said. Life
There's something great about all your worst fears coming true and being said about you. There's a tremendous liberation on some level.
When I was a young person working, everybody was older than me, so I had to kind of keep up. I'd see every movie and listen to everything played, and read all the relevant books. Being an actor, it's kind of your job to know what came before you and how big your feelings are allowed to be.
You compare yourself to somebody who you think is a peer, and you can totally lose the plot, and not understand that you are nothing like them in the first place, and it was never you versus anybody.
You've got to do something with all the books you've read, so you might as well imagine you've optioned them.

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