Natasha Lyonne started paddling her own canoe at the age of six. Even though it wasn’t a pleasant ride due to the several pit stops she encountered on her path to stardom, her consistency, hard work, and dedication to the career she loves so much eventually paid off. Today, she comfortably keeps pace with many movie stars in the industry.
Lyonne actually embarked on her journey to stardom as a model at an early age. She scored her first acting role at the age of six in the American children’s television program Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Owing to her masterly portrayal of the fictional character Opal, the actress began receiving acting requests from filmmakers. Natasha made her first known movie appearance in the 1996 American musical comedy film Everyone Says I Love You, which would lead to her appearances in over 30 films and counting.
To date, her most recognized roles are as Jessica in the sex comedy film American Pie and as Nicky Nichols, in the Netflix comedy-drama web TV series, Orange Is the New Black. She has been starring in the latter since 2013. Lyonne’s acting prowess is not limited to the big and small screen; she has also made an indelible impact in the theater, having made her first theatrical appearance in New York in the production of Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand Years.
For her sustained effort, passion, and endeavor in the show business, Natasha has been rewarded at several star-studded award ceremonies. She bagged her first award in the year 2000 at the Young Hollywood Awards for her role in American Pie. She won her next major award at the Monaco International Film Festival held in 2008 for Best Supporting Female Actor in Tricks of Love. So far, the ever-impressive thespian has five enviable nominations under her belt. She bagged 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) awards came in 2014 and 2017 respectively.
Natasha Lyonne’s Bio
Though 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 4th April 1979, in New York City, United States. Natasha 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 host/boxing promoter/race car driver, while her grandfather, Morris Buchinger operated 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 after she clocked eight years. She spent a year and a half in Israel, where her love for acting actually began. Natasha later found her way to New York City along with her brother after her parents got divorced. From New York City, her mother moved with them to Miami. The actress was estranged from her dad until 2014 when he died.
Natasha Lyonne studied at a private Jewish school, Ramaz School (popularly known as The Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz), and was later expelled from the institution for selling marijuana. While in Miami, Florida, she was tutored at Miami Country Day School. She would graduate from the school and get enrolled at New York University, where she majored in film and philosophy. She, however, dropped out after a short while.
Net Worth – How Much Does She Earn?
The pretty and talented actress has made $3 million from her acting career. Though the exact amount Natasha Lyonne earns daily and monthly is not open for public scrutiny, we are certain it befits her celebrity status.
Is She Gay?
In the movie industry, Natasha Lyonne is considered a lesbian icon even though she identifies herself as straight. The actress’s most notable lesbian role was in the 1999 film But I’m a Cheerleader. In a recent interview, she admitted to attempting to sleep with women but failed. Regardless of this, she also confessed that she likes men as well and would love to sleep with as many as possible.
Who Is The Boyfriend Or Husband?
At the time of this report, the American Pie actress doesn’t have a husband in real life as she has never tied the knot with a man in her entire life. While we are all optimistic that she will do that someday in the near future, Natasha has been in a romantic relationship with American producer/comedian/actor/writer/musician cum Saturday Night Live alum, Fred Armisen. The two have been together since 2014 and are showing no sign of leaving each other’s arms.
Born on 4th December 1966, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S., Lyonne’s boyfriend’s full name is Fereydun Robert Armisen. A self-proclaimed atheist, he currently lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Prior to his relationship with the actress, Fred had gotten married twice and ended up divorcing them. His first attempt at marriage was to British songwriter/singer Sally Timms (1998 – 2004) while his second marital relationship with actress Elisabeth Moss lasted from 2009 to 2011. A multi-instrumentalist, Fred has been in show business since 1984.