Orange is the New Black Star Natasha Lyonne on Playing a Drug Addict After Being One


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Natasha Lyonne says it’s “life affirming” playing inmate Nicky Nichols, who struggles with a heroin addiction, in “Orange Is the New Black.” The 38-year-old New York native, who first made a splash as a tyke on “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” struggled with her own problems, winding up in the hospital in 2005 with hepatitis C, a heart infection and a collapsed lung while undergoing methadone treatment.

“It’s sort of life-affirming to see where personal experience ends up,” she told the Daily News. “Having some usefulness in your day job makes you better, so much more capable…click here to continue reading