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 onscreen and on 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 Reiner on Spawned with Kristen and Liz

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 so stick around to hear some great ones!

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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

Buy the Change You Want to See, by Jane Mosbacher Morris

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

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

Liz: The 2019 book from our friend Jane Mosbacher Morris: Buy the Change You Want to See

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