Natasha Lyonne

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  • Award-Winning Actor, Producer, Writer, and Director
  • Emmy and Golden Globe-Nominated Co-Creator and Star of 'Russian Doll' & 'Orange is the New Black'
  • Co-Founder, Animal Pictures - production company



Award-winning actor, writer, director, and producer Natasha Lyonne has been a versatile creative on stage and screen for more than two decades. She is known for acclaimed performances in Slums of Beverly Hills, But I’m a Cheerleader, and Orange is the New Black, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. Lyonne is the star and co-creator, along with Amy Poehler, of the critically acclaimed Netflix series Russian Doll, which has won three Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations. She is also starring in and executive producing the upcoming Peacock series Poker Face, and can be seen in Irresistible alongside Steve Carell and Rose Byrne. Lyonne is a definitive voice in the entertainment industry, sharing insights about creativity, cultivating your vision, building a collaborative team, and more, in memorable events for audiences of all kinds.

Lyonne has been featured on the covers of Entertaiment Weekly, Variety, Cultured, and InStyle, and in The Hollywood Reporter, The New Yorker, among many others. She co-founded the production company Animal Pictures with Maya Rudolph, producing the documentary Sirens, which premiered at Sundance, as well as Hulu's feature film Crush, LOOT, a half-hour comedy series starring Rudolph, created by Emmy winners Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard for AppleTV+, and many others. Lyonne has been a formidable talent across genres, crafting standout performances in The United States Vs. Billie Holiday, The Intervention, Kate and Leopold, DC League: Super Pets, Detroit Rock City, the American Pie franchise, and more, and she has directed episodes of Zoe Kravitz’s High Fidelity, Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, Aidy Bryant’s Shrill, and Russian Doll. She is an avid puzzler, video game lover, and co-created a crossword puzzle for The New York Times.

 

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From an early age, award-winning creator of the Netflix hit series Russian Doll Natasha Lyonne knew what kind of films she was destined to make. Overcoming a difficult childhood, as well as a life-threatening addiction to heroin, Lyonne has rebuilt a life and a career that centers vulnerability, can ...

From an early age, award-winning creator of the Netflix hit series Russian Doll Natasha Lyonne knew what kind of films she was destined to make. Overcoming a difficult childhood, as well as a life-threatening addiction to heroin, Lyonne has rebuilt a life and a career that centers vulnerability, candor, and her unique perspective, leading to numerous awards and critical acclaim. In this impactful talk, Lyonne shares insights about her life and career, and forging a creative path that uses the power of storytelling to make a difference.

In Conversation with Natasha Lyonne

Emmy Award-nominated actor, writer, director, and producer Natasha Lyonne has been a versatile creative on stage and screen for more than two decades. Lyonne is a definitive voice in the entertainment industry, sharing insights about creativity, cultivating your vision, building a collaborative team ...

Emmy Award-nominated actor, writer, director, and producer Natasha Lyonne has been a versatile creative on stage and screen for more than two decades. Lyonne is a definitive voice in the entertainment industry, sharing insights about creativity, cultivating your vision, building a collaborative team, and more, in memorable events for audiences of all kinds.

Addiction & Recovery: Wired for Hope

Award-winning creator of the hit Netflix series Russian Doll Natasha Lyonne is the subject of a well-documented comeback story, from stardom as a child actor to a very public battle with heroin addiction, now building back her life and her work with massive success. As she told The Guardian, she is ...

Award-winning creator of the hit Netflix series Russian Doll Natasha Lyonne is the subject of a well-documented comeback story, from stardom as a child actor to a very public battle with heroin addiction, now building back her life and her work with massive success. As she told The Guardian, she is "wired for hope." Lyonne shares profound insights about addiction and recovery, rebuilding one’s life, and creating impactful work with authenticity, vulnerability, and humor.

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<p><strong>Comedy powerhouse Natasha Lyonne shares insights as one of Hollywood’s leading women in front of – and behind – the camera</strong></p>

Comedy powerhouse Natasha Lyonne shares insights as one of Hollywood’s leading women in front of – and behind – the camera

Award-winning creator of the hit Netflix series Russian Doll NATASHA LYONNE has been a versatile force in front of and behind the camera for more than two decades. Known for roles in Uncut Gems, Detroit Rock City, and Orange is the New Black – for which she was nominated for an Emmy – Lyonne works across genres to craft memorable performances. She has pursued an unconventional path to show-running her groundbreaking semi-autobiographical exploration of life’s biggest questions through comedy.

Now, as the creator and star of the critically acclaimed Russian Doll, Lyonne has cemented her place as a definitive voice in the industry. The show has received numerous nominations, including the prestigious Writers Guild of America Award, and won three Emmys, and she and her work have been featured in The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Cultured, The New Yorker, among many others. Lyonne joined other heavy hitters in THR’s Comedy Actresses Roundtable to discuss what’s possible when women are elevated to positions of power in Hollywood: “It’s an empowered version of telling our stories our way, which makes it have possible impact and relatability for the viewer,” she said, adding: “with purpose and intent, that changes everything.” In impactful keynotes and conversations, Lyonne shares insights about her life and career, and forging a creative path that uses the power of storytelling to make a difference.

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<p><strong>Natasha Lyonne overcame adversity and addiction to become an award-winning Hollywood hitmaker</strong></p>

Natasha Lyonne overcame adversity and addiction to become an award-winning Hollywood hitmaker

Award-winning creator of the hit Netflix series Russian Doll NATASHA LYONNE is the subject of a well-documented comeback story, from stardom as a child actor to a very public battle with heroin addiction, now building back her life and her work with massive success. Following a difficult childhood, Lyonne tells Rolling Stone her drug use was “a solution before it was a problem,” eventually leading to major health issues that could have ended her life. She went into rehab and began the long road to recovery in the public eye, slowly building back to a life in the entertainment industry. Her multiple Emmy-winning autobiographical Russian Doll “created a new layer of reality for Lyonne,” as Rolling Stone writes in a singular profile of the versatile actor, “one of unmitigated success and wide artistic license.”

In the hit show, Lyonne explores life’s big questions – What are we doing here? What is the meaning of all this? – as well as self-forgiveness, trauma, and healing. As one Bust article’s title proclaims, “You’ll Never Understand Russian Doll Until You Understand the 12 Steps,” and it’s a powerful and resonant story that center’s Lyonne’s own battle with addiction – as well as her eventual recovery. Speaking of the show’s resonance and significant critical acclaim in light of her own journey, the powerhouse director and producer tells The Guardian: “I do think that these are legitimately scary times. But, I’m wired for hope. In many ways, the reason I’m not dead is because there’s a fighter in me that wants to survive. And see, well, maybe not a happy ending, but at least a meaningful one.” Lyonne shares profound insights about addiction and recovery, rebuilding one’s life, and creating impactful work with authenticity, vulnerability, and humor.

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Natasha Lyonne is the star and creator of Netflix’s hit show Russian Doll, for which she was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" and a Golden Globe for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy." Russian Doll was also nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Comedy Series" as well as "Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series." Season 2 of Russian Doll released in April of 2022 to strong praise from critics.

Natasha can also be seen in Jon Stewart and Plan B’s Irresistible alongside Steve Carell and Rose Byrne. Natasha will next be seen in Rian Johnson’s Poker Face for Peacock, in which she will star and executive produce alongside Rian.

Previously, Natasha starred on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, where she has been nominated for an Emmy Award. Natasha can be seen in Lee Daniel’s The United States Vs. Billie Holiday. She is best known for her roles in The Intervention, Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers, David Wain’s A Futile & Stupid Gesture, Jeff Garlin’s Handsome, and the American Pie franchise.

On the directing side, Natasha has directed episodes of Zoe Kravitz’s High Fidelity, Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, Aidy Bryant’s Shrill, and Russian Doll.