Alysia Reiner

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Alysia Reiner
Reiner with husband David Alan Basche in February 2011
Born (1970-07-21) July 21, 1970 (age 48)
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) David Alan Basche (? - present; 1 child)

Alysia Reiner (born July 21, 1970) is an American actress and producer.[1] Reiner has appeared in several Off-Broadway plays and won a Obie Award for her performance in An Oak Tree.[1] On-screen, Reiner is best known for her role as Christine Ergarian in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama film, Sideways (2004), as Wendy Parks in the ABC crime-legal drama TV series, How to Get Away with Murder, and as Natalie "Fig" Figueroa in the Netflix comedy drama series, Orange Is the New Black (2013–15).



Reiner has appeared in several Off-Broadway works including two Persian-themed plays directed by Abdolhossein Sepanta, focusing on the struggles of Lesbians in Persian culture. One of her early roles was in the 2005 Drama Desk Award-nominated New York premiere of Pentecost, by Tony Award-winning playwright David Edgar. She recently joined Tim Crouch in the Obie Award-winning An Oak Tree at The Barrow Street, and "Jayson with a Y" with The New Group. At The Beckett, she played roles in Anaïs Nin: One of Her Lives and Wasps in Bed. She has been deemed "Off-Broadway Favorite" by Theatremania and was called "priceless" by the New York Times.

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Reiner with Orange Is the New Black cast in 2013

Film and television

Reiner has appeared in several films, including Kissing Jessica Stein, The Vicious Kind, Arranged, Schooled, That Awkward Moment and Ruth & Alex. In 2004, she played the role of Christine Erganian, Thomas Haden Church's character's fiancee, in the film Sideways, which won Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.[1] She also had roles in the number of independent films.

On television, Reiner has appeared on The Sopranos, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Drew Carey Show, and White Collar. From 2013 to 2014, Reiner had a recurring role as Natalie Figueroa in the Netflix comedy drama series, Orange Is the New Black.[2][3][4] In 2014 she joined the cast of ABC legal drama series, How to Get Away with Murder produced by Shonda Rhimes, in a recurring role of D.A. Wendy Parks, a prosecutor who goes up against Viola Davis' character.[5]

In 2014, Reiner announced that she and writing partner Sarah Megan Thomas will be launching Broad Street Pictures to produce films with strong female roles. The company’s first project is to be a thriller set on Wall Street starring Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, best known for The Nanny Diaries, to write the screenplay.[6]

Personal life

Reiner is married to actor David Alan Basche.[7] The couple has a daughter, Livia, who was born on December 5, 2008.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Row Your Boat Scenes deleted
1999 The Stand-In Soap opera nurse
2000 Little Pieces Casting director
2001 Kissing Jessica Stein Schuller Gallery Artist
2002 Hourly Rates Gail
2004 Sideways Christine Erganian
2004 Three Body Problem, TheThe Three Body Problem Nina Short film
2005 One Last Thing... Tai Uhlmann
2006 A-List Reporter
2006 Cycle Unknown Marie Short film
2006 Narrow Gate, TheThe Narrow Gate Rachel
2007 Arranged Leah
2007 Schooled Miss Luna Hill
2008 Peppermint Tree, TheThe Peppermint Tree Laura
2009 Vicious Kind, TheThe Vicious Kind Samantha
2009 Jacket, TheThe Jacket Joan Short film
2009 Speed Grieving Malia Short film
2012 Backwards Meghan
2012 Delivering the Goods New Head Chef
2013 King Theodore Live Jordyn Short film
2014 That Awkward Moment Amanda
2014 Story of Milo & Annie, TheThe Story of Milo & Annie Mercedes Short film
2014 Kelly & Cal Trish
2014 Fort Tilden Cobble Hill Mom
2014 The Story of Milo & Annie Mercedes Short film
2014 Revenge of the Green Dragons TV News Reporter
2014 5 Flights Up Blue Leggings
2014 Primrose Lane Theodocia
2014 The Girl in the Book Interviewer
2014 No Letting Go Lisa
2015 Ava's Possessions Noelle
2015 The Networker Beth
2015 The Other Side Rivka
2016 Equity Also producer


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Law & Order Gretchen Stewart Episode: "Sundown"
2000 Family Law Ms. Holland Episode: "Echoes"
2002 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Sally Episode: "What Women Don't Want"
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cindy Kerber Episode: "Juvenile"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Leslie Hurst Episode: "Stray"
2004 Jury, TheThe Jury Dr. Ainsley Solomon Episode: "The Boxer"
2006 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Linda Vaughn Episode: "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request..."
2006 Love Monkey Megan Episode: "Coming Out"
2008 Starter Wife, TheThe Starter Wife Cindy 2 episodes
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Paula O'Keefe Episode: "Lady's Man"
2009 White Collar Manager Episode: "Free Fall"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Michelle Linden Episode: "Lost Children of the Blood"
2010 Law & Order Amy Felner Episode: "Love Eternal"
2011 Blue Bloods Hannah Episode: "Model Behavior"
2012 Exes, TheThe Exes Cindy Episode: "The Party"
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Natalie Figueroa 18 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2014 Hawaii Five-O Special Agent Chapman Episode: "Ka No'eau"
2014 How to Get Away with Murder D.A. Wendy Parks 4 episodes
2015 Bones Amelia Minchin Episode: "The Lost in the Found"


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Alysia Reiner Biography". Alysia Reiner Biograph. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  2. "Alysia Reiner Talks About Being a Part of Orange is the New Black". Indiewire Television. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  3. "‘Orange Is the New Black’s Badass Assistant Warden Talks Gender Roles". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  4. "Orange Is the New Black’s Alysia Reiner: “I’m a Total Mush Ball”". Shape Magazine. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  5. Lesley Goldberg (August 11, 2014). "ABC's 'How to Get Away With Murder' Adds 'Orange' Alum (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  6. "‘Orange is the New Black’ Actress Launches Production Company". Variety. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  7. David Alan Basche - Actor -

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