'Russian Doll' EXCLUSIVE: Second chances and diverse characters connecting highlight the Netflix show, says Greta Lee
Greta Lee, who plays the role of Nadia's friend Maxine, spoke to MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) in an exclusive interview and revealed what the best part about 'Russian Doll' is, for her
Netflix's 'Russian Doll' premiered February 1. Since its release, the series has received rave reviews from critics and fans all over the world. 'Russian Doll' was written, produced, created and directed by an all-female crew that consists of Leslye Headland, Amy Poehler, and Natasha Lyonne.
The show predominantly revolves around Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett). The duo — who are poles apart from each other — find themselves stuck in an infinite loop. Each time they die, they come back to life. They find themselves living the same day over and over again. Determined to find a way out of the loop, Nadia and Alan help each other to break the loop so they can return to their regular lives.
Along with Alan, Nadia also gets help from her friends Maxine (Greta Lee) and Lizzy (Rebecca Henderson). They throw her 36th birthday party, which happens to be the very day and place her loop begins after she dies and comes back to life. Greta Lee, who plays the role of Nadia's friend Maxine, spoke to MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) in an exclusive interview and revealed the best part about 'Russian Doll' according to her, and some fun behind the scene moments.
Starting off by sharing what according to her is the best thing about 'Russian Doll,' Lee said: "I was really interested in being part of something that was passing these larger themes of hitting rock bottom and what it's like to be given a chance to reset. If you could go back and do things differently. What would you do? The question of who we really are at the core. And also addiction and mental health and I felt like this project was able to handle those all of these things in a fresh way and in a funny way, which isn't necessarily the case with other projects handling these more darker ideas."
Following this, Lee went on to reveal some fun behind-the-scene moments while shooting for 'Russian Doll'. "I think one of the more challenging days was actually just having to splash some water into Natasha's face. There's a scene when Nadia and Maxine are facing off and you know, this seemingly simple act of taking a small cup of water splashing it on her face proved to be really difficult. Because we had to reset every time, she got wet. And, kinesthetically it's actually much harder than you think to perfectly aim the exact amount of water necessary on to the exact spot of your fellow actor's face. So, that was a really silly and surprisingly challenging day," Lee revealed.
Apart from that, Lee spoke to us about what she thinks fans should take away after watching 'Russian Doll'. "I think that there are a lot of things that the show successfully takes on. I love the the idea of very different people, and I'm talking about Charlie's character Alan and Natasha's character Nadia, who, coming from two very different worlds, can connect and ultimately help each other. I think that's a really important message. Especially now currently, in the political climate," Lee said.