On acting, activism, and taking action: A conversation with Alysia Reiner

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Considering we’re pretty passionate about activism and binge watching, it’s probably no surprise that we’re a big fan of Alysia Reiner, known best for her role as Natalie “Fig” Figueroa in Orange is the New Black, a show that might have been the first use-case for the phrase “binge watching.” Along with her work on screen and stage, Alysia is a mom, as well as an award-winning activist and changemaker, with a passion for causes like immigration, gender equality, and the environment, just to name a few.

Alysia, with OITNB castmate Lea DeLaria 
Photo via @AlysiaReiner on Instagram

On this episode of Spawned, we chat with Alysia about acting, activism, and taking action — in particular the ways we can take small steps to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, and truly make a positive impact on our environment. And as always we close out our show with our cool picks of the week.

You can listen now! Just click that button above in the player. Or even better, subscribe to our podcast wherever you get your podcasts so you never miss an episode. (If you have a second and can leave a 5-star review, we’d appreciate that). And if you want more of Alysia Reiner, you can find her on Instagram (her social network of choice), as well as her website. Be sure to check out her amazing waste-free eco-friendly fashion line, Livari.

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Cool Picks of the Week

Alysia: Parasite, a Korean film that she can’t stop thinking about.

Kristen: This heated eyelash curler. It’s a gamechanger!

Liz: The new book from our friend Jane Mosbacher Morris: Buy the Change You Want to See

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Cool Mom Staff