'Russian Doll': Greta Lee says Natasha Lyonne's character is based on a famous New York painter's daughter

Greta Lee, who plays the role of Maxine on 'Russian Doll', speaks to MEAWW in an exclusive interview and talks about how it was to work with Natasha Lyonne and Rebecca Henderson


                            'Russian Doll': Greta Lee says Natasha Lyonne's character is based on a famous New York painter's daughter

'Russian Doll' premiered on Netflix on February 1. Since its release, the series has got rave reviews from critics and fans all over the world seem to love it just as much. 'Russian Doll' was written, produced, created and directed by an all-female crew. The team consists of Leslye Headland, Amy Poehler, and Natasha Lyonne who stars as Nadia on the series. 

The show predominantly revolves around Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) and Alan (Charlie Barnett). The duo — who are poles apart from each other — are stuck in an infinite loop and are living the same days over and over again. They try to help each other and 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). Her friends throw her a 36th birthday party, which happens to be the same day her loop begins after she dies and comes back to life.

Rebecca Henderson, Greta Lee, Charlie Barnett (Netflix)
Rebecca Henderson, Greta Lee, Charlie Barnett (Netflix)

Greta Lee, who plays the role of Nadia's friend Maxine, spoke to MEAWW in an exclusive interview and revealed how it was to work with Natasha Lyonne, Rebecca Henderson and the rest of the crew. Lee also spoke to us about her upcoming projects and her character Maxine.

She spoke about the similarity and the difference between her and Maxine, and who her character was based on. "Well, Maxine she's loosely based on someone who is actually in Natasha Lyonne life. She's loosely based around Stella Schnabel who is a Jewish painter's daughter and is a fixture in the New York art world. So that partially informed my performance in figuring out where and what kind of character she is."

Lee said, "I'm obviously not that person and we have a different background. But I think we share some things. Like, she's a very loyal friend and she is interested in art and she likes chicken. I like chicken. I mean, yes, there are things we share."

Branden Wellington, Ritesh Rajan, Rebecca Henderson, Greta Lee, Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Elizabeth Ashley, Leslye Headland, Jocelyn Bioh and Brendan Sexton III attend 'Russian Doll' Premiere at The Metrograph on January 23, 2019 in New York City. (Getty Images)
Branden Wellington, Ritesh Rajan, Rebecca Henderson, Greta Lee, Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Elizabeth Ashley, Leslye Headland, Jocelyn Bioh and Brendan Sexton III attend 'Russian Doll' Premiere at The Metrograph on January 23, 2019 in New York City. (Getty Images)

 

Talking about working alongaside Lyonne and Henderson, Lee said, "We are all New Yorkers. We all have a theater background, which I think helped connect creatively. They are all extremely collaborative women which is nice and added a helpful dynamic in terms of finding authenticity when we're dealing with female friendship, especially. So yeah, they're wonderful to work with."

When we asked Lee what inspired her to take on the role of Maxine in 'Russian Doll' she said, "I wanted to work with Natasha again. I worked with her for the first time many years ago on an NBC pilot called 'Old Soul'. That was also produced by Amy Poehler and these are all people that I have loved working with and excited about working with again on this project." 

Greta Lee attends Netflix's 'Russian Doll' Season 1 Premiere at Metrograph on January 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Greta Lee attends Netflix's 'Russian Doll' Season 1 Premiere at Metrograph on January 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Lee also spoke about her upcoming project with HBO. She is currently working along with Jason Kim on 'K-Town' which is a dark comedy that is set in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Apart from that, Lee said she is also part of a film called 17 Bridges. " I'm part of a film called '17 Bridges' that's coming out and stars Chadwick Boseman and Sienna Miller. The movie is an action film set in New York City over the course of one day."

While everyone is eager to know if there is a second season for 'Russian Doll', Lee revealed that she has no idea what will happen in that regard and said she hasn't received any information about it till date.