Can You Guess This Emmy-Nominated Actress From Her Very First Acting Gig?

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Aww! Look at that face! You know that face, right?

This actress stars on one of the hottest shows of the year — both hot in terms of ratings and critical love and hot in terms of lots of sex. Looots of sex — and earned an Emmy nomination this year for her work on said show.

But 28 years ago she booked her first acting gig on Pee-wee’s Playhouse.


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Natasha Lyonne
, who plays Nicky on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and was nominated in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy category (she ultimately lost to “Crazy Eyes” aka Uzo Aduba). And now she’s (maybe) datingFred Armisen too.

But back in 1986, Natasha played Opal in six episodes of Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Today, Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series is released as an 8-disc box set with all 45 episodes and Pee-wee’s Christmas Special, and ETonline can exclusively debut these throwback photos of the cast.

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Which got us wondering how they’ve changed over the years. Because Natasha basically looks THE SAME. Here is Pee-wee Herman back then:

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And here is Paul Reubens in 2014:

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Has he even aged a day? He looks THE SAME!

Here is Little Richard guest starring then:

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And here is Little Richard in 2011 (it was the newest picture we could find):

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He looks, uh, a little different.

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And the Playhouse itself and its many inhabitants then:

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We have no idea how they look today. Hopefully they’re safely tucked away in a prop house somewhere. But looking at that last picture sure does jog the memory. Any favorite Pee-wee memories?

Meanwhile, here’s another blast from the past: Little Giants turns 20!