Natasha Lyonne started paddling her own canoe at the age of six. Although it was not a pleasant trip due to the numerous pit stops she made on her way to fame, her consistency, hard work, and dedication to the career she loves so much finally paid off. Today she comfortably keeps up with many movie stars in the industry.
Lyonne began her path to fame at a young age as a model. She received her first acting role at the age of six in the American children’s television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Thanks to her masterful portrayal of the fictional character Opal, the actress received acting requests from filmmakers. Natasha had her first well-known film appearance in 1996 in the American musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You, which led to her appearing in over 30 films, and the number is growing.
To date, her most famous roles are Jessica in the sex comedy American Pie and Nicky Nichols in the Netflix comedy-drama web TV series Orange Is the New Black. In the latter, she has been playing the leading role since 2013. Her acting skills are not limited to the big and small screen; she has also made an indelible impression in the theater, having made her first theater appearance in New York in the production of Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand Years.
For her continued efforts, passion, and commitment to show business, Natasha has been rewarded at several star-studded awards ceremonies. She received her first award in 2000 at the Young Hollywood Awards for her role in American Pie. She won her next grand prize at the 2008 Monaco International Film Festival for best female supporting actress in Tricks of Love. So far, the always impressive actress has received five enviable nominations. She received her first three nominations in 1999, while the fourth (Primetime Emmy Award for Orange Is the New Black) and fifth (Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for Antibirth) were awarded in 2014 and 2017 respectively.
Natasha Lyonne’s Bio
Although Lyonne is best known by her professional name, her full name is Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein. The name was given to her by her parents Ivette Buchinger (mother) and Aaron Braunstein (father) after her birth on April 4, 1979, in New York City, United States. Natascha was born and raised in a Jewish Orthodox family. She has an older brother whose name is not known to the public. Her father was a radio presenter, boxing promoter, and car racer, while her grandfather Morris Buchinger ran a watch company in Los Angeles.
Lyonne has Ashkenazi Jewish racial roots and her nationality is American. She spent her childhood in Great Neck, New York, and later moved with her family to Israel when she was eight years old. She spent one and a half years in Israel, where her love of acting began. After the divorce of her parents, Natasha later found her way to New York City together with her brother. From New York City her mother moved with them to Miami. The actress became estranged from her father until he died in 2014.
Natasha Lyonne studied at a private Jewish school, the Ramaz School (popularly known as The Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz), and was later expelled from the institution for selling marijuana. During her stay in Miami, Florida, she was taught at the Miami Country Day School. She graduated and enrolled at New York University, where she majored in film and philosophy. After a short time, however, she dropped out of school.
Net Worth – How Much Does She Earn?
The beautiful and talented actress has earned $3 million with her acting career. Although the exact amount Natasha Lyonne earns daily and monthly is not publicly available, we are sure that it corresponds to her celebrity status.
Who Is The Boyfriend Or Husband?
At the time of this report, the American Pie actress does not have a husband in real life, as she has never made a commitment to a man in her entire life. While we are all optimistic that she will one day in the near future, Natasha had a romantic relationship with American producer/comedian/actor/ writer/musician cum Saturday Night Live graduate Fred Armisen. The two have been together since 2014 and show no signs of leaving each other’s arms.
Born on December 4, 1966, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA, the friend of Lyonne’s full name is Fereydun Robert Armisen. He is a self-proclaimed atheist and currently lives in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles. Before his relationship with the actress, Fred had married twice and in the end, divorced her. His first attempt at marriage was with the British singer/songwriter Sally Timms (1998 – 2004), while his second marital relationship with the actress Elisabeth Moss lasted from 2009 to 2011. The multi-instrumentalist Fred has been in show business since 1984.
Is She Gay?
In the film industry, Natasha Lyonne is considered a lesbian icon, although she describes herself as heterosexual. The actress’ most notable lesbian role was in the 1999 film But I’m a Cheerleader, in which she recently admitted in an interview that she tried to sleep with women, but failed. Regardless, she also admitted that she likes men too and would like to sleep with as many as possible.