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RSS FeedsNatasha Lyonne: `There´s a fighter in me that wants to survive´
(The Guardian Culture News)


21 july 2019 14:05:50

Natasha Lyonne: `There´s a fighter in me that wants to survive´
(The Guardian Culture News)

Natasha Lyonne used her starring role in Orange is the New Black to shake off her demons and reinvent herself. The actor and director talks about third chances, crosswords and being the class rebelIn a busy Manhattan restaurant, Natasha Lyonne is eating chicken hearts and talking about resurrection. Her own. `And I had to forgive myself for wasting so many years, instead of punishing myself for this... misshapen life.` You don´t so much interview Lyonne, I quickly learn, as herd her conversations like existential sheep. It is a precise chaos - she has a lot to say and is aware of the many limits of time. Her voice crackles across the busy restaurant - she moves like Joe Pesci as a Simpsons character. A waiter interrupts with a second plate of glistening meats: `Madam, more hearts?` `In many ways, I did think I was going to die.` He makes briefly frantic eye contact with me, then disappears. `So now I´ve had to think, what is the most honest way that I can live? That feels the least like a lie? That means I´m less likely to self-destruct all over again?`Lyonne has been acting since she was six, first in adverts `for dolls that don´t exist any more`, then with directors including Woody Allen, and in hits such as American Pie, before being hospitalised in 2005 with hepatitis C, a heart infection and a collapsed lung, and undergoing methadone treatment under the smirking glare of New York´s paparazzi. And some years later, having slowly worked her way back into the public eye (with the help of her best friend Chloë Sevigny, who vouched for her sobriety) she rose again. Continue reading...
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