Chloe Sevigny: “People expect me to say I regret Brown Bunny, but I won’t”

Chloe Sevigny covers the new issue of Out Magazine. Believe it or not, Chloe is not the Poster Girl for all things LGBT – that always surprises me, actually. I always associate her with all things LGBT-friendly, but she’s pissed off the gay community several times now. So the first part of her Out interview is almost terse, like she’s waiting for the other shoe to drop. Then she loosens up and starts talking. Chloe is being interviewed because she has a new show on British television called Hit & Miss. She plays… wait for it… a transgender hit woman (formally a man) who finds out she fathered a son before she had the operation. The boy’s mother has died, so Chloe (the boy’s father) has to raise him. All while being a hit-woman. Here’s the thing – I think I could handle the story without the whole “hit woman” plot line. You can read the whole Out Mag piece here, and here are some highlights:

Chloe was concerned about her transgender character: For her role in Hit & Miss, Sevigny went through firearms training, accent coaching, and kickboxing lessons, but mastering those wasn’t the things that troubled her. “I was worried people would be angry that they didn’t cast a real person who was transitioning. I asked why they didn’t, and the producers said they didn’t find the right person. It’s a big responsibility toward that community, and I wanted to do them right.”

She got in trouble for saying “tranny” in the past: “I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to use that word,” she says now. “There are all these tenses too. Look, it’s a complex process to go through, and it’s a complex thing to talk about. I’m still not even sure if I’m doing it right, and I really don’t want to offend anyone.” She continues, “I’m just so sensitive these days. I’ve gotten in so much trouble. I’ve gotten emails from the GLAAD people.”

She wears a prosthetic penis in the TV show: “Being around the men on set, being naked, and having that on, I just felt insecure and uncomfortable. Plus the process to put it on was very involved. I had to shave myself, it’s glued on, painted, like any prosthetic. It’s not fun to have someone right up in your private parts,” she deadpans before letting out her hooting laugh, a signature Chloë-ism. “I think the root of why I was so upset with having it on was that I wasn’t fully trusting of the producers and directors,” she admits. “Now I can rest assured, because I’ve seen it, and it’s not gratuitous. It shouldn’t be a show about a f–king penis.’”

Does she see herself as a gay icon? Sevigny rolls her eyes. “What does being a gay icon even mean?” she challenges.

Giving Vincent Gallo a beej on camera: “People expect me to say I regret Brown Bunny, but I won’t,” she says, referring to the 2003 film that climaxed with her giving a bl-wjob to Vincent Gallo.

She’s not into the fashion scene because she’s old: These days, Sevigny seems ambivalent with being on the scene, despite her perennial front-row seat during Fashion Week and appearances at events ranging from Vogue’s swank Met Ball to crowded art openings in Chinatown. She says she prefers to stay at home and invite friends over, avoiding the bar scene. “I’m 37. What am I going to do there? Meet a husband? Not gonna happen — they’re all 25.”

But she still wants more dresses to choose from: For the British premiere of Hit & Miss she requested about 20 dresses for consideration but received only two. “Aren’t I one of the top searches on, for crying out loud?” she says with mock disgust. “How hard is it to get a f–king dress from Valentino?”

She’s not typical Hollywood: “Hollywood does not know what to do with me,” she says. “They do not like me. That’s why I end up in these seemingly difficult movies.” These challenges have caused her fans to expect the unexpected from her. “I know. So boring,” she groans. “But it’s been a long time, and I’m still here, damn it,” before adding the afterthought: “Thank God.”

[From Out Magazine]

No one wants to dress Chloe! That’s because she’s kind of a trainwreck on the red carpet lately. Like, it’s gotten pretty bad, actually. Which came first, though? Did good designers stop dressing her so she started to look like hell, or did she start to look like hell and good designers stopped dressing her?

But! I do think Chloe is an actress to be admired, because I certainly didn’t expect her to still be working at this point. Not only is she still working – she’s got the kind of IMDB page that most hipster actresses would kill for. I think Chloe’s career is less about her commitment to independent film, though, and more about what kind of stuff she gets offered. But maybe I should give her more credit. One of my favorite pieces of Hollywood trivia – Chloe was offered one of the lead roles in I Know What You Did Last Summer. She turned it down!!

Photos courtesy of Out Mag.

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  1. Chris: now with 10% less negativity says:

    Meh. Hardly anyone saw it anyway. I agree with her comments about the bar scene though. I think it’s a bit tragic if you’re over thirty five and you’re still running around with the twenty somethings.

    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      I was flipping channels the other night and what scene popped up?
      I didn’t see the movie so I have no idea what lead up to a full blow on my TV?

      Story line, anyone? I knew she had done the movie but I didn’t expect it to be SO right there. I don’t think anyone cares…except she had to blow Gallo.

      • Blen says:

        (spoilers, if anyone cares)

        Basically, Chloe’s character is Gallo’s former lover in the movie and he’s reconnecting with her. They’re arguing about Gallo seeing her kiss other guys at the party they were last at together, she gives the beej, and the reveal is that she was actually raped by the guys at the party, but prior to that she passed out and choked to death on her own vomit. So Chloe’s actually dead and the entire meeting was all a figment of Gallo’s imagination. I guess it was complicated because they were actually dating at the time. But Gallo is still Terry Richardson skeez.

      • TrustMeOnThis says:

        What led up to that was HOURS of NOTHINGNESS. Gallo loads and unloads his motorcycle. Gallo drives his van, looks moody. It was the worst film I ever saw and I still can’t believe I sat through it! I don’t think she should be embarrassed about the bj but I do think she should be by the overall terribleness of the movie. AVOID! (You already saw the best part.) ;-)

    • RHONYC says:

      @ chris

      you said a mouthful!

      i’m actually avoiding becoming ‘that’ chick by steering clear of my kid & her soon to b 20 friends.

      mani/pedi, momi/daughter time = okay.

      desperate, i can fit into your jeggings & sparkle tank = not okay.

      no one likes broads with a Dina Lohan complex…jussayin’. :-(

  2. Esmom says:

    This is the first time I’ve ever read an interview of hers and surprisingly I don’t hate her, which I thought I might.

    I’ve never ben a fan of her hipster style but there’s no denying that she’s got a bangin’ bod.

  3. chromehearts says:

    I had no idea she was 37, she looks 25. . Oh and nothing wrong with a beej. . . love giving them, just not on camera!

  4. Jade says:

    I don’t get this girl especially her so-called amazing fashion sense. She looks like a wet rag every time I see her.

  5. mata says:

    Brown Bunny could have been the end of her career. I’ve always admired her for the fact that she was able to move on from it and gain respect as an actress.

  6. cupidityrox! says:

    She was made to play Courtney Love in a biopic.. The resemble is uncanny.. Don’t get the big hoopla over the beej..

  7. AnneOriginal says:

    I’ve never been a fan of hers. I don’t care about the beej, but the fact that it was Gallo grosses me out.

  8. tru tru says:

    While I do appreciate her acting chops, I do not like her fashion one bit.

    didn’t know she was 37 though, I thought younger.

  9. Talie says:

    She turned down Selma Blair’s role in Legally Blonde, too, which is just so weird.

  10. Minime says:

    I think she’s cool and she did some interesting movies. However the only thing in my mind right now is “37!!!????” Really??? I thought she was way younger!! Good for her :)

  11. Jaime says:

    She’s 37? I thought she was 32-33. She looks good.

  12. Iggles says:

    I love Chloe. She was awesome on Big Love and I think she’s done a great job in choosing interesting roles!

  13. Lucy2 says:

    I never cared for her until Big Love, she was really good on that. I thought she was younger too.

  14. bns says:

    I think it did kind of affect her career. She has to stay in New York not just because she wants to, but because Hollywood won’t have her. You never hear much about Vincent Gallo either anymore.

  15. Christian says:

    I love her, she’s probably my favorite actress. Really looking forward to “Hit&Miss”, I hope I can see it here in the US. I was unaware that she pissed off the gay community. For what? The word “tranny”?

  16. Ann Emmess says:

    Years ago at the height of Chloe’s icon-hood, the Fug Girls would skewer her mercilessly for being maddeningly overrated in everything she did. It was like a Kristen Stewart thing — bewildering praise lavished on someone with ONE apparent expression (“smug”) and little apparent talent.

    Then Chloe was so good on Big Love that the girls completely fell for her, and started cheering her on. It made me love them all a little. It’s so rare for someone as pre-judgeable as Chloe to genuinely win over detractors. It’s so rare for judgy critics to stay open enough to change their opinion. I was happy to see it.

  17. kristen says:

    I have always loved her and always will. She’s quirky and awkward.

  18. Riri says:

    Honey, people barely know who you are or how to pronounce your last name.

    Performing graphic sex acts is porn, not film making nor cinematic work of art.

    Sorry for you that you felt the pressure to do so in order to get some name recognition or parts.

  19. bettyrose says:

    How nice that she’s gained a smaller waist and bigger boobs. Either that’s some comical photoshopping, or she’s dumped the hipster life for a tiresome cliche midlife surgery crises.

  20. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    No we don’t expect you to say you regret doing it. We just regret seeing it.