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This ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Actress Says She Broke Down Crying Just While Shooting An ICE Scene

When it comes to her role as Natalie “Fig” Figueroa on Netflix’s hit series “Orange Is The New Black” actress and activist Alysia Reiner might come off just as cold bolded as Fig is. The break out star has become known for her role as the series secondary antagonist of OITNB’s first two seasons where we watched her callously deal with the show’s female inmates.

But in a recent interview Reiner, the name behind the series’ character who ultimately became an anti-hero in later seasons, is proving she’s got a much softer heart than her character might lead us to believe.

During the series’ final season Fig took on the role of warden at an ICE detainment facility.

The highly talked about story plot has received rave reviews from critics for its timeliness and heartfelt depiction of current events related to immigration in the U.S. Many of the series beloved characters battled issues such as deportation, and saw one of the series original cast members sent back to a country she hardly knew.

As warden of the facility, Fig was often caught up in the terror of ICE and the depicted border crisis. Speaking about the experience of shooting these scenes with Buzzfeed, Reiner said that she found herself often experiencing overwhelm.

At one point, Reiner said that “just the imaginary circumstance of it” was upsetting.

“My character doesn’t break down. She handles it. She keeps it in,” Reiner said in the interview. “But after two takes, it was the first time in my life where I stopped a set, where I could not breathe and I could not stop crying. Just the idea of what’s going on… It’s deeply heartbreaking.”

After only having a “light” version of the experience that so many women, men, and children are currently enduring on U.S. soil, Reiner is encouraging fans of the show to get involved.

In her interview, Reiner encouraged fans of the show to contact “representatives to say this is not okay.”

Reiner specifically encouraged fans to contact their local representatives to address a recent incident involving ICE that had directly been influenced by the show. Earlier this month, after the show featured a real and free hotline that offered detainees a chance to contact lawyers, ICE shut it down.


“This hotline is necessary for people in detention centers. It’s horrific that it’s been shut down, so deeply wrong,” Reiner said during her interview and encouraged users to contact representatives to complain.

The Lizzie McGuire Cast Reunited For A Table Read

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The Lizzie McGuire Cast Reunited For A Table Read

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Another Disney reunion occurred this week and it included your one true favorites Lizzie McGuire, Miranda, and Gordo.

On Monday, Hillary Duff shared a 44 minute “Lizzie McGuire” reunion featuring one of the series’ most memorable moments.

In a caption to her Instagram post, Duff shared that she had virtually reconnected with her former costars for an online table read of the series’ “Between a Rock and a Bra Place!” episode. According to People magazine, the episode was aired on the Disney Channel 19 years ago.

“LIZZIE MCGUIRE retro table read!” Duff wrote in a caption for the clip. “Some fun for you this Monday! Hope you guys have fun watching this! We could not stop laughing reading lines from tween us…this is the first time we were all “together-ish” in almost 18 years! This week marks the 19th anniversary of this episode ‘Between a Rock and a Bra Place!’ Do excuse our delayed singing…we will be taking singing lessons as a group to work on our craft!!”

The reunion included some of your favorite Lizzie McGuire characters.

Joining in on the fun was Adam Lamberg (AKA Gordo), Lalaine, (Lizzie’s BFF Miranda), Jake Thomas (Matt McGuire), Robert Carradine (Sam McGuire), Hallie Todd (Jo McGuire), Ashlie Brillault (Kate) and Davida Williams (Claire).

“I truly believe that this show was magical, and everyone that was a part of it created that … and made this show mean so much to so many people,” Duff said following the table read. “I think we’re all very grateful to have experienced that.”

If you don’t remember, the”Between a Rock and a Bra Place!” episode was the one in which Lizzie and Miranda wanted “a BRA!!”

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The episode followed Lizzie and Miranda attempting to be cool by convincing their parents to order them bras while Gordo helped Lizzie’s younger brother Matt enter a contest to become Jet Li’s sidekick in a movie.

No doubt the highlight of this reunion was getting to see Lelaine back in action!

Her role as Mexican-American Miranda Sanchez might not have been the titular lead of “Lizzie McGuire” but she was undoubtedly the character with the most heart, wit, and lessons. Here’s a look at the character who brought all the realness to Disney channel’s best show.

1. That time she dealt with body dysmorphia.

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In the episode “Inner Beauty” Miranda struggles with her self-image after seeing a photo of herself. The whole episode ended up sending Miranda into an unhealthy tailspin so bad that she…

2. She tried to deal with her body dysmorphia by not eating and explained why.

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After wanting to make sure that she looked super skinny for a music video project Gordo was shooting,  Miranda started skipping meals and nearly passed out during dance practice. After a sit down with her friends, Miranda spoke honestly about why she felt the way she did.

3. The time she didn’t  get a Valentine’s Day card.

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And gave the commercial holiday a great big middle finger and stuck out her tongue.

4. That time she predicted the future of all mean “cool kids.”

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It was a bit harsh, but the moment, like most MIranda moments, did it’s job in making sure Lizzie always remembered where they were headed. 

5. When she is reminded by Gordo that being grown-up is not that great.

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Literally, never a truer word has been spoken. Because meanwhile the rest of us have to deal with taxes.

6. That time she was smarter than her art teacher

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I mean really how many times have you sat in a class and wondered why you had to do something instead of dream about N’Sync.

7. And that time she totally nailed the feelings that come with growing up.

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Yes, girl yes. This is the definition of growing up and out of your adolescence. 

8. When she did spider braids before girls at Coachella.

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And rocked so many other hair styles you wouldn’t dare to pull off. Remember her pom pom phase?

9. When she was all like “I’m stronger than the person you think I am.”

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It’s hard being friends with someone who always gets to take center stage of your life, we get it Miranda. This episode of her sticking up for herself to her own BFF was so real. 

10. When her side eye was so on point with Gordo.

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Miranda’s side eye game was actually always so on point with Gordo. Those two had a rocky relationship and Miranda was always around to remind him to chill it. 

11. When she was the best friend ever for building her friend up.

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Even if it was the cheesiest chant ever and Lizzie acted selfish at times, Miranda was a great friend.

12. That time when Lizzie and Gordo went to Italy and she passed to chill in Mexico.

Fans of Miranda were super bummed to find Miranda nixed from the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” but we got when we learned that she’d ditched the show to be with her family in Mexico.

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13. When Lizzie overreacted about getting a bra and Miranda was like “chillll.”

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That time, Lizzie decided that in order to be popular she needed a bra was the most important episode ever. Mostly because Miranda was mortified to find her friend was so shallow.

14. And that time when she was this honest with Lizzie about her outfit.

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Every friend needs a BFF who will tell her truth about her outfit choice. While this one was forced upon Lizzie on a very important day, Miranda was not afraid to get real.

15. When, LBR, she brought better moves to that “Play” music video than Lizzie.

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There’s a reason why they put Miranda in the front for this dance scene. And it has absolutely everything to do with Lizzie’s average moves ( sorry Lizzie!)

16. When she was too cool to hurt the environment

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That faux leather and fur coat made the funky combination look just so damn good.

17. When she did the grunge look better than Lizzie

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Lizzie’s style was always cute and fashion forward but Miranda always pushed the status-quo with her edge. 

18. That time she was all about the rebelde.

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Can you deny that this “rebel” shit was not the ultimate look of the series? Didn’t think so. 

19. That time she freaked out after getting a B in class.

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Miranda is every child of immigrants who did not come all of this way for their kid to get a B in class. Gordo might have been the self-proclaimed group of the squad’s trio but Miranda was undoubtedly the cool beans school star Gordo wanted to be. 

20. The times her sense of humor was always better than everyone else.

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“Where is Lizzie? She never misses lunch. It’s her favorite class!”


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Here’s What Is Coming To Netflix In May And Worth Binge Watching

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Here’s What Is Coming To Netflix In May And Worth Binge Watching

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During this quarantine, I’ve been forever grateful for my ex-boyfriend’s Netflix password. Not but really, Netflix has been helping keep millions of us sane during these super strange times of social distancing and stay-at-home orders.

The streaming giant has continued to offer thousands of new and exciting titles to watch every month, and May is no different. Along with new seasons of some of our favorite original series like La Casa de Las Flores (Ok, yea it came out in April but it’s still worth mentioning), Netflix also has lots of original movies (including several Spanish-language films) coming out this month.

If you’re worried about having plans, Netflix has more than enough to keep you covered. Check out the full list of titles ahead.

Hollywood

Few shows are getting as much buzz as Ryan Murphy‘s highly anticipated new original series, Hollywood. Set in post-World War II Tinseltown, the miniseries draws on true stories like those of actors Anna May Wong, Rock Hudson, and Hattie McDaniel as inspirations for its glamorous revisionist history of what Hollywood might have been if oft-overlooked voices had been given the spotlight. The star-studded cast includes industry veterans like Patti LuPone and Holland Taylor, as well as rising talents like Laura Harrier, David Corenswet and Jeremy Pope. All seven episodes drop on May 1

Chichipato

This hilarious Colombian film by Netflix LatinoAmerica is all set to bring us some much needed laughter amid all the craziness around the world. Basically, a cartel leader is throwing a massive party and has hired a magician to provide some entertainment. However, things don’t go as planned when the magician makes the cartel boss disappear – and he can’t bring him back.

La Corazonada

This Argentine film, another Netflix original, tells the story of a rook cop and police detective’s investigation into the murder of a 19-year-old woman. Her best friend is the suspect but it ma not end up that way…

La Reina de Indias y El Conquistador

This Colombian-produced series revolves around the history that led to the birth of the city of Cartagena de Indias, the flagship of Las Américas. The series is recorded in 4KUltra-high-definition television. The show is filmed in Colombia, specifically in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the banks of the Magdalena River and Palomino, Villa de Leyva, and Santa Fe de Antioquia. It stars Essined Rivera Aponte, and Emmanuel Esparza as the main’s characters.

For Colored Girls

A truly strong film by Tyler Perry, this movie portrays the different stories of African American women. It deals with issues and problems faced by women based on a collection of 20 poems by Ntozake Shange.

Rebelión de Los Godinez

Brought to us by Netflix Mexico, this Netflix original film tells the story of a young twenty-something in Mexico City. He’s forced to get a ‘real job’ by his overbearing grandfather – which he’s dreading. But he quickly makes friends with an interesting mix of godinez – or the 9-5 office crowd types.

The Big Flower Fight

This show has been described as ‘The Great British Bake Off’ for plant-lovers and considering that plants are big among Millennials (present company included) this is sure to be a huge hit.

Inhuman Resources

This is a new French series that’s also a Netflix Original and it’s getting obscenely positive reviews from viewers. It centers on the story of Alain, a middle-aged and unemployed man who is lured to an interview at a popular company. But things take a turn to the dark side pretty quick in this thrilling series.

Riverdale: Season 4

An all new season of Riverdale is coming to Netflix and for those of us who are super fans of the series, there’s nothing better than grabbing a bite, getting comfy and just binge watching episode after episode of this way over-the-top TV show.

Trial By Media

Who doesn’t love a true crime series?! In this series, the absolute most sensational trails ever are analyzed with an eye on how the media may have affected decisions.

The show will ponder probably the most sensational and important trials in modern history, including: the remarkable Jenny Jones made-for-Court TV murder trials, the story of Rod Blagojevich’s political fall, and the tragedy of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African worker who was shot multiple times by police in New York City.

Valeria

This original Netflix series is based on the novels by Elisabet Benavent and tells the story of a writer in a creative and marital crisis. She relies on the help and support of her three close friends who are all on journeys of self-discovery and self-love. Sounds like something we can also try to get into during all of this craziness.

The Lovebirds

While the Coronavirus pandemic prevented the rom-com The Lovebirds from releasing in theaters, the Issa Rae- and Kumail Nanjiani-fronted film will make its debut on Netflix on May 22. And I am a huge ‘Insecure’ fan so I can’t wait to see this.

What are you going to be watching this month?