Natasha Lyonne dreads leaving the house: ‘My dream is to stay in bed all day’


I didn’t ever get into Orange is the New Black so I best know Natasha Lyonne from her parts on Portlandia. Natasha most recent show, Russian Doll, became a huge hit and social media was all over it. She created the show with Amy Poehler. Natasha and her Doll co-star, Greta Lee who plays Maxine, recently appeared on The Cuts on Tuesdays podcast. In it, I found out that Natasha and I are like-minded in that our worst fear is someone will ask us to go out and enjoy ourselves.

On not leaving the house: You gotta leave the house in this life, right? I always find that I’m dreading, dreading, dreading leaving the house. I’m like, “Please don’t ask me to do anything ever. I’m begging you.” Leaving the house is a crucial element of participation in life that is very instinctual to want to resist. If you give me a day off, my dream is to stay in bed all fucking day with nobody around.

On how Russian Doll came to be: Listen, Russian Doll was the big achievement, but prior to that, Greta and I had also done together a different show that I created with Amy Poehler at NBC that actually got rejected severely.

And that show was called Old Soul … After that show didn’t happen, Poehler turned to me and she said, “Hey, what’s the show we would really want to make if there were no rules, if there was no network, if it was just anything, what do we really, really want to say?” And that became the early ideas of the formation of what would become the show we created a together called Russian Doll.

On rejection: Rejection is God’s protection. Like in the truth of the matter was, we had no way of knowing at the time of that in fact we were going to end up making something that was far, far greater just in terms of, on an integrity level of the things I really want to say in this life, being an opportunity and a forum to be able to sort of speak whatever our own version of the truth is without sounding too grandiose.

It’s almost like a relationship where it’s like, it’s not that this guy wasn’t great; it’s just, thank goodness I didn’t have a baby with him.

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The link to the article has the podcast embedded so you can hear Natasha answer. I love her voice, I’m sure everyone tells her that. I appreciate Natasha’s dread of being asked to do something. It’s not leaving the house for me, I work from home, I’d go stir crazy if I didn’t get out. No, it’s thinking about trying to be engaging, even though I almost always have a good time when I do go. I love her analogy of the boyfriend and her show that didn’t get made. I understood exactly what she’s saying – both about jobs I was glad I didn’t get and guys I’m glad were just boyfriends. I think it’s a pretty healthy outlook to have.

As for Russian Doll, I loved it. I have no stake in this show so if you don’t want to watch it, that’s cool – I’m not really here to convince you. But if you are like I was, having watched episodes one and two, disliking both, wondering why social media was stanning for this stupid show – hear me out (no spoilers). Eps one, two and most of three are foundation episodes. All of what you learn in those episodes will come back. The last line of episode three hooked me and I never looked back. Once everything started falling into place, I was repeatedly surprised at how dense the show is. The show is dark and takes some disturbing turns (and yes, the dialogue is unquestionably forced) but if you don’t mind the tone and subject, I suggest trying it again.




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  1. Jenns says:

    This is timely, because I had a family member ask me about never really going out. It was in a good nature way, but apparently it’s not going unnoticed. But seriously, I love being at home with good food and a good show/movie to watch. And I’m just at the age where I’m going to do what makes me happy.

    As for Russian Doll, I LOVED it. It’s a great show and she’s so good in it.

    • fishface says:

      I also love being at home, pottering around doing the things I want to do (as opposed to the things I have to do). When I was not married, and in my 20s and 30s, I went out almost every night after work. I loved it at the time, but now my idea of a great night is in bed by 9pm to read.

  2. SK says:

    Love her, love the show, thought she and Greta were both fantastic in it.

  3. Astrid says:

    I wasn’t hooked watching the first episode so I”ll give it another try. There’s nothing better than recovering from the work week with a “pajama” weekend in bed, binge watching Netflix and Amazon Prime. I have no desire to leave the house let alone my bedroom.

  4. Snowflake says:

    I don’t get the whole staying at home. I get bored. My husband loves to do it on his days off. Sleep in, Watch TV. I can’t sleep in very much, i usually wake up by 9.

    • lucy2 says:

      I love staying home! I’m out a lot, almost every weeknight I have something, and if I get a weekend free, I LOVE it. Last weekend I didn’t leave my house except to go to the recycling center, LOL.
      I also have a lot of hobbies though, so time at home to do them is wonderful.

      I’ve only seen the first episode of this but keep wanting to continue watching. I didn’t know Amy Poehler was involved, I’m glad she’s really producing a lot of stuff. And I’m so glad for Natasha, she had a rough go for a while but has really done well lately.

    • Betsy says:

      Ha, lucky. I can’t go much past 7:30 these days. Even when my kids sleep in, I’m up.

  5. Enn says:

    I purposely keep one day per weekend as a “veg” day. Comfy clothes, Netflix or Hulu, and a blanket on the couch. It’s my form of self care.

  6. Audrey says:

    I work from home too and in the winters I can be such a hermit! Although I’m single, I rarely get lonely, so I can stay home alone for days! I have to force myself to get out. When I do, I always have fun, but it’s the actual “getting up and out” that’s the issue.

  7. JanetFerber says:

    Natasha looks so healthy and happy. She is also gorgeous. I am glad she is doing well. Will always love The Slums of Beverly Hills.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      me too. she went through a pretty rough time and I’ve always liked her. glad to see her come out of it ok.

      and she is SO DAMN GOOD in Russian Doll. the show is really good.

    • Enn says:

      Slums of Beverly Hills is so underrated!

    • ChillyWilly says:

      I loved Slums and Natasha too! She was very good on Orange As well. she is a very cool chick. her voice is awesome.

    • matahari33 says:

      Slums forever! One of my favorite movies of all time.

  8. adastraperaspera says:

    I loved her in But I’m A Cheerleader!

  9. Dorothy#1 says:

    I loved Russian doll too! I developed a HUGH girl crush on her. I need to watch other things she’s been in.

  10. P says:

    I binge watched russian doll in two days during maternity leave. Loved it.

  11. Mrs. Peel says:

    Love her Stevie Nicks hair!

  12. Kay Dozier says:

    I totally get the stay at home thing. I don’t know if it’s getting older or what. I used to go out and do stuff all the time but now you have light a stick of dynamite underneath me to get me to go anywhere.

  13. Ali says:

    I love her voice and hair.

  14. Slowsnow says:

    I watched the first five minutes of Russian Doll and the blasé know-it-all nature of the character threw me off completely.
    What am I missing?!

    • RedWeatherTiger says:

      Eventually you get into her past and why she behaves the way she does…and it becomes quite compelling as new characters appear who are going through similar things. Plus, the show also has an “I want to figure this out!” element that made me keep watching. I wanted to understand the world that was being created.

  15. Veronica S. says:

    Oh my God, me too, Natasha. Give me a writing journal, a book, and an iPod, and I’m good for a day.

    Russian Doll is really great, I agree. I just started it last night, and she is a blast in it. What incredible screen charisma she has even when playing such a callous, unfriendly character.

  16. ariel says:

    What an amazing turn of phrase.
    “It’s not that this guy wasn’t great; it’s just, thank goodness I didn’t have a baby with him.”

    I kind of want to have that printed on cards.
    She puts it perfectly. Hasn’t every human had that experience and come to that conclusion?
    Language, when used correctly, can be magical.

    • Veronica S. says:

      I’m laughing because that’s the way my mother literally used to frame the importance of safe sex to her kids. She basically impressed upon us that kids were FOREVER, and if he wasn’t a guy you thought was worth tolerating that long, take every precaution in the book.

      Let’s carry that lesson into every other near miss, “Thank God this isn’t a baby.”

  17. Desolee says:

    I thought the show was a masterpiece. I was hooked in 10 minutes.

  18. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I was a social butterfly when I was young. I’m a hermit now and have been for about five or so years. I loathe having to go out and “interact,” lol. I also end up enjoying myself during the process, but getting there is torture.

  19. Valiantly Varnished says:

    She explained what being a homebody and an introvert is like PERFECTLY. I LOVE being home. I love being in my bed. I love not having anything to do. It’s always a push for me to go out and socialize because it can be exhausting. I always wind up enjoying myself but I am always happy to leave and go home and regroup. I’m the quintessential introvert in that way.
    Russian Doll was awesome. It was weird and trippy and made you think and was really really smart

  20. Bunny says:

    I’ll have to watch this, as I’ve loved NL in everything I’ve seen her in.

    I’m a stay-at-home person, too. I feel myself emptying out when I’m out in the world and need to stay home afterwards” to recharge and recover. My husband and children are the same way to varying degrees, so it works for us as a family.

  21. Bella Bella says:

    This is why I have a dog. To make sure I go outside every day. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to go outside, but it’s good to take a walk every day, even if it is a short hop around the block.

  22. Betsy says:

    That show was so fringing good. I thought I didn’t like Amy Poehler’s work, but I loved this show.