More recently, she played Nicky Nichols, recovering addict and charismatic lesbian, in Orange Is the New Black. She also plays Smoky Quartz in Steven Universe, where she holds the distinction of being the only actress for a Fusion character who's not a singer. She also plays leading character Gaz on Ballmastrz: 9009
- Actor-Shared Background: Like her character Nicky Nichols, Lyonne has struggled with addiction. The show also utilizes the chest scar she was left with after a heart infection.
- Dyeing for Your Art: While her hair is normally dark blonde, she has gone platinum and other colours for roles. Somewhat averted with her role in Party Monster wherein she wore a Fat Suit to play the chubby girl.
- Former Child Star: Began as a child actor (her first film was Heartburn, at the age of 7), and worked steadily through her teens and twenties. She seemed to be an aversion until she ran into health and legal troubles.