Natasha Lyonne Invited Herself to Dinner at James Gray’s House and Ended Up With a Part in ‘Ad Astra’

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Natasha Lyonne Invited Herself to Dinner at James Gray’s House and Ended Up With a Part in ‘Ad Astra’
“Russian Doll” Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne knows what it takes to get a part. Which is how she ended up in James Gray’s outer-space odyssey “Ad Astra,” in a small role as a Martian dweller who, in her usual, unvarnished New Yorker swagger, basically says, “Welcome to Mars!” to Brad Pitt’s sad-faced astronaut with daddy issues.

As revealed during a New York Q&a with James Gray at the Metrograph moderated by IndieWire’s David Ehrlich, Lyonne’s journey to “Ad Astra” started with the smell of the director’s cooking.

“Every Sunday night I make dinner. It’s a tradition we like. It’s a nice thing and we invite people over and have a lot of guests. It’s a wonderful thing,” Gray said. “One day I’m walking down the hall and I see Natasha Lyonne walking towards me, and she says, ‘Honey, I know who you are.
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