This article contains some spoilers
Ever had a near death experience and then decided life has given you a second chance? That is the exact storyline of 'Russian Doll' if you had to put it in a line. There is a slight difference though. In Nadia's case, she dies and comes back to life repeatedly.
'Russian Doll' is a forthcoming Netflix series created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland. This is an all-woman writing and directing team. The new series will premiere February 1. Having watched the episodes, it is noticeable Nadia's life is pretty similar to the one Lyonne has had over the past years.
Recently in an interview with Broadly, Lyonne revealed "This show is heavily autobiographical. It’s also heavily fictionalized. It’s almost like a superhero version of me, a person I’d like to be. The person my character is at the end of the show is closer to who I am today. Who she is at the beginning of the show is closer to who I was 15 years ago."
There are similarities Nadia shares with Lyonne and we will get to witness them throughout the series, the most noticeable of which is the timid and bad girl character Nadia portrays. That represents the life Lyonne lived back in her younger days. Nadia herself reveals in one of the episodes, her grandparents were Holocaust survivors, which happens to be true in reality as well.
Lyonne's grandparents from her mother's side were Hungarian Jewish and Holocaust survivors. Another reveal noticeable is her education. Though in the series her character is a software engineer, she talks about her college fund which happens to be a chain that belonged to her grandmother. She wears it on her neck throughout the season. Nadia having her college fund around her neck, reveals she didn't attend college.
And, in reality, neither did Lyonne. She started attending a film program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, but then quit because she couldn't afford tuition. Nadia also follows the same religion as Lyonne, stating she was born into an Orthodox Jewish family. Apart from these relevant ones, when you watch the show you will realize there is more to what meets the eye. And there are quite a lot of similarities Lyonne shares with her character on the 'Russian Doll.'
'Russian Doll' premieres on Netflix February 1.