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Go Deep With Actress/Mama Alysia Reiner, Star of the New Movie “Egg”

Written by Erin Feher

Photography by Photographed by Heather Moore

Actress, activist, and mama Alysia Reiner is having something of an art-imitates-life moment. Not that her reality in any way resembles that of her latest character: a self-important artist having a child via surrogate as part of an elaborate art project. But she insists that the pressures, assumptions, judgements, and connections portrayed in Egg (which was released in theaters January 18 and is currently streaming on iTunes and Amazon) were all things she related to deeply. Alysia co-stars with Christina Hendricks, who plays a old art-school friend who has taken up a more traditional suburban existence, and is blissfully pregnant herself. The movie follows the dramatic reunion of the two expecting women over a single drawn-out dinner party. In real life, Alysia, who is also known for her role as Fig, the heartless prison executive on Orange is the New Black, is a loving and supportive mom to future engineer Liv, age 10. She takes us on a tour of her renovated Brownstone in Harlem and talks about why Egg is feminist AF.

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