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EXCLUSIVE: 'OITNB' Star Alysia Reiner on Wall Street Drama 'Equity': 'It's Not Just for Chicks'

by Stacy Lambe 4:30 PM PDT, August 10, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: 'OITNB' Star Alysia Reiner on Wall Street Drama 'Equity': 'It's Not Just for Chicks'

First thing's first: Equity, the new female-driven film about Wall Street, "is an entertaining thriller for men and women," Alysia Reiner tells ET's Denny Directo.

Reiner, who played Warden Natalie Figueroa on Orange Is the New Black, produces and co-stars in the new film about a senior investment banker (Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn) who finds her career undermined by scandal and corruption.

Directed by Meera Menon, and also produced by Amy Fox and Sarah Megan Thomas, it's easy to label the movie as a "female Wall Street." But Reiner is the first to tell you it’s more than that. "It's not just for chicks," she says.

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"We both love to tell stories that have never been told," Reiner says of her and Thomas' interest in making the film.

While not based on a true story, Equity is inspired by conversations they had with many women in the financial sector. "That's really why I wanted to do this film. Hearing their stories and hearing the statistics -- only eight percent of CEOs are women," Reiner says of the glass ceiling on Wall Street and the tales of sexual harassment she heard. "It's disgusting."

Though, Reiner does clarify that the women are still "badasses. That's not surprising."

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While it's a powerful story -- and one that's getting rave reviews with an 85 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating and has been optioned for a TV series -- the added bonus for Reiner is to release it in the same year that Hillary Clinton is the first female presidential nominee of a major party. "Hillary's there and we are here," she says. "God willing, she'll be the first woman in the White House."

Watch the full interview for more about Orange Is the New Black and Reiner playing badass women onscreen. Equity is now in theaters and OITNB, which sees Reiner reprise her role in season four, is now streaming on Netflix.

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