These are Natasha Lyonne’s best performances

Already known to almost anyone with a Netflix account, Natacha Lyonne graced the screens of film and television enthusiasts and critics. Mostly credited with playing Nicky Nichols on Netflix’s hit comedy-drama series Orange is the new black, Lyonne has worked actively in the company as a director, screenwriter and producer. In 1986, she was also signed by the Ford Modeling Agency and performed as Opal on Peewee Playhouse.

Lyonne’s undeniable talent is bolstered by her nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014, in addition to her two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. While her debut as a director began in 2017, creating the short film Cabiria, Charity, Charlotte, it opened doors for him for his series Russian doll for be acquired by Netflix, commanding eight episodes of the show’s first season, which will soon release its highly anticipated second season. This led to her and Maya Rudolph co-founding their production company Animal Pictures in 2018. With a number of upcoming projects slated for release soon, here’s a look at some of Natasha Lyonne’s best performances.

7 Orange is the new black


Natasha Lyonne as Nicky in Orange is the New Black
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Lyonne plays Nicole (Nicky) Nichols, an inmate at a maximum security prison who regularly interacts with the other inmates on the show Orange is the new blackwho arguably helped launch the Netflix brand alongside Card castle. After becoming cellmates and great friends with protagonist Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), we learn that Nicky comes from a wealthy family and is currently struggling with drugs, combined with the fallout from her dysfunctional family. It’s a smart, fun, and engaging performance that always steals the scenes it’s in.

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6 Sleep with other people


Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis in Sleeping With Other People
IFC Films

Sleep with other people is one of those movies that makes meeting an ex-lover awkward and totally uncomfortable. After participating in a one-night stand (12 years prior), Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) have an unexpected encounter, where they try to start a platonic relationship with each other. Lyonne plays the character of Kara, Lainey’s best friend and the one who convinces her to sleep with various people, in order to get over a former lover. Lyonne definitely excels in the always underrated best friend roles in romantic comedies.


5 Russian doll


Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) puts her hands against a glass door in Russian Doll
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featured in Russian doll as Nadia Vulvokov, Natasha Lyonne is also doubly credited as co-creator of the series, along with Amy Poehler, in addition to her writing and directing roles for the Netflix original series. While caught in a mysterious time loop, in the middle of a party in New York, Nadia consecutively dies, as she rehearses her final moments. Nadia sets out to find out what is happening to her. It’s a charming performance that reminded the world of Lyonne’s brilliant comedic timing and star potential.

4 American pie


Lyonne as Jessica in a dark shirt with her hair back in American Pie
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Focusing on five classmates who all attend East Great Falls High School, the teens of American pie create a pact to lose their virginity on prom night, before they all graduate. Lyonne plays Jessica, Vicky’s sexually experienced friend who helps Vicky and Kevin in their relationship. As Jessica teaches Vicky about sex, she also teaches Kevin about her role in dating (i.e. orgasms). Although her role in the film is limited, she makes her presence known through the unapologetic and extremely sexually comfortable aura she exudes.


3 The slums of Beverly Hills


Lyonne raises her hands in a green yellow and white polo shirt in The Slums of Beverly Hills
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Curious about sexuality and crushes, teenage Vivian grows into her adult body and begins to feel uncomfortable around her family, lest they embarrass her with her neighbor (who is also her crush) . While her cousin (Marisa Tomei) helps her uncle (Alan Arkin) raise Vivian and her brothers, the family moves to a cheap apartment in Beverly Hills, so she and her brothers can attend the most respective schools in the city. city. the delicious movie The slums of Beverly Hillsa still underrated comedy with a magnificent first performance by Lyonne.

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2 But I’m a cheerleader


The two figures in pink kiss in a bathroom
Lions Gate Movies

An overachiever in both school and cheerleading, Megan (Natasha Lyonne) is portrayed as the stereotypical American girl who’s got it all in the big quirky comedy But I’m a cheerleader. Although she has a handsome soccer star boyfriend (who obviously doesn’t interest her), her parents come to the conclusion that she must be gay. Because they are completely horrible at punishing her, whether she decides to come out in time or not, they send her to a conversion camp, meant to change her sexual orientation. While at True Directions, she begins to have feelings for Graham (an excellent Clea DuVall), one of the girls who is unapologetic about her sexuality.


1 Everybody say I love you


Woody Allen and Julia Roberts at the edge of the rivers of Venice in Everyone says I love you
Miramax

DJ (Natasha Lyonne) must deal with her problematic extended family after the divorce of her parents, wealthy Manhattanites Joe (Woody Allen) and Steffi (Goldie Hawn), in Everybody say I love you. As the family prepares for the wedding of her half-sister, Skylar (Drew Barrymore), and her fiancé, Holden (Edward Norton), things start to go wrong once Charlie (Tim Roth), the man with an extensive criminal past, enters the circle. As this family drama comes to the fore, an estranged Joe finds love with Von (Julia Roberts) on a trip to Europe. It’s a crazy, complicated comedy with surprising musical outbursts, and Lyonne shines.


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