Chloë Sevigny
American actress
Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Stevens Sevigny is an American film actress, fashion designer and former model, born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Sevigny gained reputation for her eclectic fashion sense and developed a broad career in the fashion industry in the mid 1990s, both for modeling and for her work at New York's Sassy magazine, which labeled her the new "it girl" at the time, garnering her attention within New York's fashion scene.
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Chloë Sevigny ditches New York Fashion Week for short film debut
LATimes - 11 days
A portrait of the artist on the road. This was the idea behind Chloë Sevigny’s “Carmen,” the short film she directed as part of Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales series. The short debuted Sunday night, luring the likes of Tavi Gevinson, Jeanne Damas, Kate Foley, Zosia Mamet, Chiara Ferragni and Paul Dano...
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Going Home With Chloë Sevigny
NYTimes - 14 days
The actress, director and forever cool girl takes T on a tour of Darien, Conn., from her middle school to the “iconic teen hangout” (a Mobil station).
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A Queer Cult Classic Will Be Re-Born With Drew Droege As Its Star
Huffington Post - 15 days
Hot on the heels of his off-Broadway triumph, Drew Droege will try a queer cult classic on for size.  The actor-comedian returns to the stage Friday as the star of Charles Busch’s 1999 comedy, “Die, Mommie, Die!,” at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles. Billed as a “Greek tragedy on acid” and a campy tribute to midcentury Hollywood melodramas, “Die, Mommie, Die!” follows Angela Arden (Droege), an aging Hollywood star who murders her husband and attempts to find happiness in the arms of a young lover. As is the case with most of Busch’s satirical work, however, not everything is what it seems, and gender-bending, bed-hopping and pill-popping abound.  Droege, who was last seen in the hit solo comedy “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns,” in New York and Los Angeles, told The Huffington Post that the “batshit crazy” play tackles issues like homophobia and ageism in Hollywood that still feel relevant today. Best known for his viral YouTube impersonations of actress Chloë Sevigny, Dr ...
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Drew Droege As Chloë Sevigny Is Everything We Need In 2017
Huffington Post - about 2 months
We have a feeling we’re going to need to laugh a lot to get through 2017. Luckily we have comedians like Drew Droege who help make each day worth getting out of bed. For years Droege has gifted the world videos in which he impersonates actress Chloë Sevigny and uses her persona to hilariously explain different holidays and human experiences. For his first clip of 2017, Droege’s Sevigny explains grandparents ― or as she would say, gráunperaunce ― and it’s already one of our favorites. In the past, the gay comedian has used the Chloë character to teach us about Easter, Halloween and even how to model. Droege is also the comedic genius behind “Not Looking,” a spoof of the short-lived, HBO drama “Looking,” and most recently starred in the one-man show “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns,” directed by long-time friend Michael Urie. Head here to see more from Droege ― and a big THANK YOU to him for keeping the Chloë character alive! -- This feed and its conten ...
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Drew Droege Is Sassy, Sloshed And Single In A Hilarious New Play
Huffington Post - 2 months
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Chloe Sevigny: It 'maybe hurt' my career
CNN - 3 months
Chloe Sevigny doesn't want it to sound like she's "complaining" but the actress admits that being labeled an indie actress has kept her from more mainstream roles.
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Drew Droege As Chloë Sevigny Is Here To Terrify You This Halloween
Huffington Post - 5 months
Some days it feels like actor, improv master and writer Drew Droege’s videos, which feature his impeccably hilarious impersonation of actress and tastemaker Chloë Sevigny, are all we have to live for. Luckily, every couple of months Droege releases a new clip pegged to an event or holiday that features all you’ll need ― from obscure celebrities to luxury gifts ― to celebrate Chloë style. This Halloween, “Sevigny” welcomes us to her haunted house, filled with bizarre and frightening curiosities like “Annie Potts, dressed as a chef,” chasing visitors down a hallway and the sense of “terror” they’ll feel when they see “a fully realized Nordstrom Rack.” Enter above at your own risk (but trust us, you want to ― you really, really want to). -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Drew Droege Satirizes The Gay Single Life In His New One-Man Show
Huffington Post - 5 months
Actor-comedian Drew Droege turned New York’s Barrow Street Theatre into a booze-fueled bacchanal this weekend, exploring the challenges many gay men face in the marriage equality era with a new, side-splitting solo show. In “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns,” Droege stars as Gerry, a single, smart-mouthed 30-something who’s been dating and discarding his way through New York and Los Angeles for years. Burned by his latest boyfriend, Gerry turns up at a Palm Springs pool party thrown the night before two gay pals, Josh and Brennan, tie the knot. As it turns out, the party is a veritable mine field, partly because Gerry’s known a few of its attendees intimately. Hilarity ensues as Gerry attempts to ease the tension with margaritas and cocaine, but ends up confronting a few personal demons as his night descends into wooziness. Droege, who has garnered a viral following thanks to his YouTube impersonations of actress Chloë Sevigny, is in brisk comedic form here, whether interac ...
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Scene City: Chloë Sevigny, Courtney Love and Jeremy Scott Party at Fashion Week
NYTimes - 5 months
Monday night’s parties included photography with W magazine, dinner with Purple magazine and clubbing with Jeremy Scott.
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Chloë Sevigny says three big-name directors got creepy with her
Fox News - 9 months
Three major directors “crossed the line” with Chloë Sevigny in auditions for film roles, the actress said at Variety’s Cannes Film Festival panel on Wednesday.
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Chloe Sevigny Hits the Road With Jimmy Choo
Yahoo News - 11 months
A behind-the-scenes look at the ‘Bloodline’ actress’s Florida Keys trip (and covetable shoes).
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Chad Michael Murray Is Way Past His 'One Tree Hill' Days
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's been almost four years since we said goodbye to "One Tree Hill," and nearly seven since Chad Michael Murray hung up his "Keith Scott Body Shop" sweatshirt. And although he still has fond memories of the show and playing the beloved Lucas Scott, Murray is eager to show you what else he's got. "I’ve been very blessed over the last few years to have opportunities that I wouldn’t have necessarily gotten in the past," he told us during a chat at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was promoting his new movie "Outlaws and Angels." "I’m just pushing the envelope every day and I’m going to keep doing it because it’s fun when things scare you. When they scare you, that means you’re really going to do everything you can to be great."  "Outlaws and Angels" is a real departure for the 34-year-old actor. The JT Mollner-helmed Western-esque thriller was shot on 35mm Kodak film and Panavision cameras, and tells the story of cold-hearted outlaw Henry (Murray), whose gang of bank thieves ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chloë Sevigny
  • 2016
    Age 41
    On July 19, 2016, it was announced that Sevigny had joined the cast of Lean on Pete, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin.
    More Details Hide Details The film is set to shoot in Portland, Oregon, and the eastern Oregon region. Sevigny has long been considered a fashion icon and regularly appears on best dressed lists. Throughout her career, she has modelled for several high-profile designers, including Miu Miu, H&M, Louis Vuitton and Chloé. Prior to her career as an actress, she had achieved fame for her unique style. While her sense of style in the early 1990s only reflected small downtown scenes and trends, it still made a significant impression on high class fashion chains which began to emulate Sevigny's look. Her interest in fashion and clothing, as well as her career as a fashion model in her late teenage years and early twenties, have led to a career as a prominent and well-respected fashion designer. She has expressed interest in fashion design throughout the entirety of her career, even dating back to her childhood: "Little House on the Prairie was my favorite show. I would only wear calico print dresses, and I actually slept in one of those little nightcaps!", she told People in 2007. Her unorthodox style (which garnered her initial notoriety in the early '90s) has often been referred to as very eclectic. Sevigny has since released several clothing lines designed by herself, both solo and in collaboration, and has earned a title as a modern fashion icon.
    She also has a supporting role in The Snowman (2017), a crime thriller starring Michael Fassbender, which she filmed in Norway in the winter 2016.
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    In 2016, Sevigny appeared in the Canadian horror film Antibirth opposite Natasha Lyonne.
    More Details Hide Details Sevigny will reunite with The Last Days of Disco director Whit Stillman on Love and Friendship, an adaptation of the Jane Austen novel Lady Susan. Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival In January 2016.
    The short film Kitty, which Sevigny directed, closed the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
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  • 2015
    Age 40
    In March 2015, it was announced Sevigny would be returning to American Horror Story, for its fifth season Hotel, as a main cast member.
    More Details Hide Details Sevigny portrayed the role of Alex Lowe, a doctor. That same year, she also starred in the Netflix original series Bloodline. Sevigny also appeared in Tara Subkoff's directorial debut #Horror.
  • 2014
    Age 39
    In 2014, She starred as Catherine Jensen in the crime drama Those Who Kill, which aired on the A&E Network.
    More Details Hide Details It was then re-launched on A&E's sister network, Lifetime Movie Network, on March 30, 2014, after being pulled from A&E after two episodes due to low ratings. The series was subsequently cancelled by the network after its 10 episode first season run.
  • 2013
    Age 38
    Also in 2013, Sevigny had a 5-episode guest role on The Mindy Project.
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    In 2013, Chloe Sevigny was featured as a satellite character, Alexandra, in the TV show Portlandia during its third season on IFC.
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  • 2011
    Age 36
    Sevigny also starred as a journalist in Lovelace, a biopic about pornographic film actress Linda Lovelace. In 2011, it was reported that Sevigny expressed interest in developing and starring in a mini-series about the infamous accused axe-murderer Lizzie Borden.
    More Details Hide Details With Tom Hanks reportedly backing the production of the series, it was reportedly due to begin filming in late 2012.
    In 2011, Sevigny traveled to Manchester, England to film the British six-part drama Hit & Miss where she starred as Mia, a pre-op transsexual contract killer.
    More Details Hide Details Upon returning to the United States, she guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU on April 18, 2012, and also landed a guest starring role in the second season of American Horror Story, which premiered in October 2012.
  • 2010
    Age 35
    In June 2010, it was announced that Sevigny would be starring in a leading role in M. Blash's second film The Wait, alongside Jena Malone and Luke Grimes; it is a psychological thriller about two sisters who decide to keep their recently deceased mother in their house after receiving a phone call that she will be resurrected.
    More Details Hide Details The film marks Sevigny's second time working with both Blash and Malone, following 2006's Lying. Filming began on June 20, 2010, in Sisters, Oregon.
    In March 2010, Sevigny attended the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin for the premiere of both Barry Munday and Mr. Nice; Barry Munday was picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures several months later.
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    In January 2010, Sevigny won a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her performance in the third season of Big Love.
    More Details Hide Details The series itself also received nominations in two other categories. During a press conference following the award win, Sevigny addressed the repressed women living in the fundamentalist Mormon compounds: "These women are kept extremely repressed. They should be helped. They don't even know who the president of the United States is." In addition, she had various screening credits that year: Sevigny landed major roles in two independent comedy films: Barry Munday and Mr. Nice in Munday, Sevigny plays the sister of a homely woman who is expecting a child by a recently castrated womanizer (opposite Patrick Wilson and Judy Greer); in Mr. Nice, she had a leading role as British marijuana-trafficker Howard Marks' wife, alongside Rhys Ifans; the film was based on Marks' autobiography of the same name. In a later interview with The A.V. Club, Sevigny was asked if she felt that the show's message was that polygamy was "wrong". In response, Sevigny stated: "No, absolutely not. I think there are more parallels to gay rights and alternative lifestyles within Big Love—more so than "Polygamy is wrong." I think they actually condone people who decide to live this lifestyle outside of fundamentalist sects." During the same interview, Sevigny stated her disappointment with the series' fourth season, calling it "awful" and "very telenovela"—though she stated that she loves her character and the writing, she felt the show "got away from itself."
  • 2009
    Age 34
    Sevigny's most recent collection was released in fall 2009 for the Manhattan boutique, Opening Ceremony; the collection included both men's, women's, and unisex pieces.
    More Details Hide Details The pieces were sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony boutiques (Manhattan and Los Angeles), Barneys (United States), Colette (Paris), and London's Dover Street Market. The series received decidedly mixed reactions. Sevigny's designs for the collection have been seen on Rihanna and Victoria Beckham. Critical reception of her fashion and style has been extensively written about by both designers and fashion stylists and has generally proved favorable. American designer Marc Jacobs wrote of Sevigny in 2001: "The fashion world is fascinated by her. Because not only is she talented, young and attractive, she stands out in a sea of often clichéd looking actresses." In terms of her own personal style, Sevigny cited the Australian film Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), which features schoolgirls dressed in elaborate Victorian clothing, as a major inspiration; she has also cited it as one of her favorite films. She has also been outspoken in her favoritism of vintage clothing over designer pieces: "I still prefer to buy vintage over spending it all on one designer", she told The Times. "I'll go to Resurrection or Decades and be like, 'Oh, I'm going to buy everything,' but a lot of it is extremely expensive, so I'll go to Wasteland and satisfy that urge and it's not too hard on the pocketbook. Then there's this place called Studio Wardrobe Department where everything is like three dollars".
    Throughout 2009, Sevigny continued working on Big Loves fourth season; when filming the series, she spent six months of the year living outside of Los Angeles near Santa Clarita, away from her home in New York City.
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    In 2009, Sevigny starred in the independent psychological thriller film The Killing Room, and Werner Herzog's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, a crime horror film based on murderer Mark Yavorsky, produced by David Lynch.
    More Details Hide Details Sevigny also had a voice part in the independent documentary film, Beautiful Darling (2010), narrating the life of trans woman Warhol superstar Candy Darling through Darling's diaries and personal letters.
  • 2008
    Age 33
    Sevigny and McAuley ended their relationship in early 2008, after being together for nearly eight years.
    More Details Hide Details In a 2009 interview, Sevigny reflected on her career, and said she was content with the level of stardom she had maintained: "When I was in my early 20s, I went out with a British pop star, Jarvis Cocker; of course, pop stars have much more celebrity, I think, than actors even. They're really hunted by their fans much more. I remember driving around these remote towns in Wales and kids running after us in the street. I was like, 'This is horrible!' And I saw the effect it had on him, and that's when I decided I never wanted to be a celebrity at that level, and I think that's why I've chosen to do the work that I do and just kind of work with directors that I love and try and do work that means something to me."
  • 2006
    Age 31
    Sevigny has had various relationships with men, though in 2006 she stated to the New York Post Gossip column: "I've questioned issues of gender and sexuality since I was a teenager, and I did some experimenting."
    More Details Hide Details In a later interview, she stated that she "wouldn't call herself bisexual", and that she could never see herself in a relationship with a woman. Nonetheless, she has been popular with the gay community throughout her career. Following her relationship with Harmony Korine, which ended in the late 1990s, Sevigny dated British musician Jarvis Cocker, and later Matt McAuley, a member of the noise-rock band A.R.E. Weapons.
    Sevigny's father died when she was in her early 20s, and she stated in a 2006 interview that she came from a "close-knit" family, that she speaks to her mother every day, and that her brother lives three blocks away from her apartment.
    More Details Hide Details She suffers from scoliosis, diagnosed when she was a child, though she never received any surgical treatment. She has stated that she practices yoga for relief from the pain caused by the spinal deformity. She is a practicing Roman Catholic, although she admits that she rebelled against religion as a teenager. She said she began attending church services again after playing a Satan-worshipping teenage murderer in a 1998 Off-Broadway production of Hazelwood Junior High, claiming that she became "really disturbed" and "started having nightmares and thinking horrible things".
    In 2006, Sevigny began her five-season run in the HBO television series Big Love, about a family of fundamentalist Mormon polygamists.
    More Details Hide Details She played Nicolette Grant, the conniving, shopaholic daughter of a cult leader and second wife to a polygamist husband, played by Bill Paxton. Sevigny found even more mainstream success with a role in her first big-budget production as Robert Graysmith's wife Melanie in David Fincher's Zodiac (2007), telling the true story of San Francisco's infamous Zodiac killer.
    She also had a leading part in Douglas Buck's 2006 remake of the Brian De Palma horror film Sisters (1973).
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    Shortly after 3 Needles, Sevigny played the lead character in the experimental indie-film Lying (2006) with Jena Malone and Leelee Sobieski, playing a pathological liar who gathers three female acquaintances for a weekend at her upstate New York country house; the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006.
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  • 2003
    Age 28
    In an interview with The Telegraph in 2003, when asked if she regretted the film, she responded: "No, I was always committed to the project on the strength of Vincent alone.
    More Details Hide Details I have faith in his aesthetic I try to forgive and forget, otherwise I'd just become a bitter old lady." Despite the backlash toward the film, some critics praised Sevigny's performance; Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said, "Actresses have been asked and even bullied into performing similar acts for filmmakers since the movies began, usually behind closed doors. Ms. Sevigny isn't hiding behind anyone's desk. She says her lines with feeling and puts her iconoclasm right out there where everyone can see it; she may be nuts, but she's also unforgettable." Roger Ebert, although critical of The Brown Bunny, nevertheless noted that Sevigny brought "a truth and vulnerability" to the film. Despite her agency's disapproval of the film (and fear that the actress might have forever tarnished her career), she continued on with various projects. Sevigny had a major supporting role as a Manhattanite in Woody Allen's two-sided tragicomedy, Melinda and Melinda (2004), which Sevigny referred to as being a "pleasing" experience. She subsequently guest-starred on the popular television show Will & Grace, and a string of film roles followed, including a small role in Lars von Trier's sequel to Dogville, titled Manderlay (2005), as well as a bit part alongside Bill Murray in Broken Flowers (2005). Sevigny also played one of several lovers of New York doctor Herman Tarnower in the HBO television film Mrs. Harris (2005) alongside Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley.
    After the film's release at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, the William Morris Agency terminated Sevigny as a client.
    More Details Hide Details The agency believed the scene was "one step above pornography", and claimed that Sevigny's career "may never recover".
    In 2003, Sevigny took on the lead female role in the art house film The Brown Bunny (2003), which details a lonely traveling motorcycle racer reminiscing about his former lover.
    More Details Hide Details The film achieved notoriety for its final scene, which involves Sevigny performing unsimulated fellatio on star and director Vincent Gallo. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and opened to significant controversy and criticism from audiences and critics. She went on to defend the movie, "It's a shame people write so many things when they haven't seen it. When you see the film, it makes more sense. It's an art film. It should be playing in museums. It's like an Andy Warhol movie."
  • 2001
    Age 26
    Following this appearance, Sevigny was approached for a supporting role in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde alongside Reese Witherspoon and offered $500,000; she declined and the role was given to Selma Blair.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, she starred in Olivier Assayas' French techno thriller Demonlover (2002) alongside Connie Nielsen, for which she was required to learn her lines in French. Sevigny described shooting the film as "strange", in the sense that director Assayas hardly spoke to her during the filming, which she said was difficult because of the lack of "input". After spending nearly three months in France to complete Demonlover, Sevigny returned to New York to film the club kid biopic, Party Monster (2003); coincidentally, Sevigny in fact knew several of the people depicted in the film (Michael Alig and James St. James included), whom she met during her frequent trips to New York City's club scene as a teenager. Sevigny then obtained a role in Lars von Trier's parable film Dogville (2003), playing one of the various residents of a small mountain town, alongside Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, and Paul Bettany; the film received mixed reactions, and was criticized by critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper as being "anti-American". Sevigny re-united with former Boys Don't Cry star Peter Sarsgaard for the biographical film Shattered Glass (2003), also alongside Hayden Christensen, about the career of Stephen Glass, a journalist whose reputation is destroyed when his widespread journalistic fraud was exposed. Sevigny played a co-editor of Glass's.
  • 1998
    Age 23
    Between 1998 and 2000, Sevigny moved back to Connecticut to live with her mother, and appeared as a lesbian in the Emmy Award-winning television movie If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000), the sequel to the HBO television drama-film If These Walls Could Talk (1996).
    More Details Hide Details Sevigny reportedly took the role in the film in order to help pay her mother's mortgage payment, and has credited it as the only film she ever made for financial benefit.
  • 1996
    Age 21
    Sevigny's father died of cancer in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Darien's affluence, Sevigny's parents had a "frugal" household, and were considered "the poor bohemians in an extremely prosperous neighborhood." Sevigny expressed interest in acting as a child, and spent summers attending theatre camp, with leading roles in plays run by the YMCA. She was raised Roman Catholic, and attended Darien High School, where she was a member of the Alternative Learning Program. While in high school, she often babysat actor Topher Grace and his younger sister. As a teenager, she worked sweeping the tennis courts of a country club her family could not afford to join. During her teenage years, Sevigny became rebellious: "I was very well-mannered, and my mother was very strict. But I did hang out at the Mobil station and smoke cigarettes." Between her junior and senior year of high school, she shaved her head and sold her hair to a Broadway wigmaker. She openly admitted to using drugs as a teenager, especially hallucinogens. She has commented that her father was aware of her experimentation with hallucinogens and marijuana, and even told her that it was okay, but that she had "to stop if she had bad trips". Despite her father's leniency, her mother later chose to send her to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. In 2007, she told The Times that "I had a great family life - I would never want it to look as if it reflected on them.
  • 1993
    Age 18
    Sevigny's role in Boys Don't Cry—a biographical film of trans man Brandon Teena, who was raped and murdered in Humboldt, Nebraska in 1993—was responsible for her rise to prominence and her mainstream success.
    More Details Hide Details Sevigny played Lana Tisdel, a young woman who fell in love with Teena, initially unaware of the fact that he was designated female at birth and continued the relationship despite learning about his birth gender. Boys Don't Cry received high praise from critics, and was a moderate box-office success. Sevigny's performance was singled out as one of the film's strong points and was widely embraced as one of the best acted films of that year: The Los Angeles Times noted that Sevigny "plays the role with haunting immediacy," Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times stated that "it is Sevigny who provides our entrance into the story" and Rolling Stone wrote that Sevigny gives a "performance that burns into the memory". Director Kimberly Peirce echoed the same feelings of the critics: "Chloë just surrendered to the part. She watched videos of Lana. She just became her very naturally. She's not one of those Hollywood actresses who diets and gets plastic surgery. You never catch her acting." The role earned Sevigny Best Supporting Actress nominations for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Sevigny won an Independent Spirit Award, a Satellite Award, and a Sierra Award for her performance.
    Sevigny encountered young screenwriter and aspiring director Harmony Korine in Washington Square Park in New York City during her senior year of high school in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The two became close friends, which resulted in her being cast in the low-budget independent film Kids (1995). Directed by Larry Clark and written by Korine, Sevigny plays a New York teenager who discovers she is HIV positive. According to Sevigny, she was originally cast in a much smaller role in the film, but ended up replacing Canadian actress Mia Kirshner. Just two days before production began, the leading role went to the then-19-year-old Sevigny, who had no professional acting experience; she said of her casting in the role, "Harmony Korine just thought I was this sweet, cute girl and he liked my blonde hair." Nonetheless, Kids was highly controversial; the film was given an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America for its graphic depiction of sexuality and recreational substance and drug use involving teenagers. Despite its controversy, Kids was taken note of critically and commercially: respected film critic Janet Maslin considered the film a "wake-up call to the modern world" about the nature of the American youth in contemporary urban settings. Sevigny's performance was praised, with critics noting that she brought a tenderness to the chaotic, immoral nature of the film: "Sevigny provided the warm, reflective center in this feral film". She ended up receiving an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female.
    In 1993, at age 19, Sevigny relocated from her Connecticut hometown to an apartment in Brooklyn, and worked as a seamstress.
    More Details Hide Details During that time, author Jay McInerney spotted her around New York City and wrote a seven-page article about her for The New Yorker in which he dubbed her the new "it girl" and referred to her as one of the "coolest girls in the world". She subsequently appeared on the album cover of Gigolo Aunts' 1994 recording Flippin' Out and the EP Full-On Bloom, as well as a Lemonheads music video which further increased her reputation in New York's early 1990s underground scene.
  • 1992
    Age 17
    As a teenager, Sevigny would occasionally ditch school in Darien and catch the train into Manhattan. In 1992, at age 17, she was spotted on an East Village street by Andrea Linett, a fashion editor of Sassy magazine, who was so impressed by her style that she asked her to model for the magazine; she was later made an intern.
    More Details Hide Details When recounting the event, Sevigny was ambivalent about it, stating that "the woman at Sassy just liked the hat I was wearing". She later modeled in the magazine as well as for X-girl, the subsidiary fashion label of the Beastie Boys' "X-Large", designed by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, which then led to an appearance in the music video for Sonic Youth's "Sugar Kane".
    Sevigny was discovered on the street in New York City in 1992 by a magazine editor, who offered her jobs both modeling and interning at Sassy Magazine, a teen magazine aimed at girls with alternative tastes.
    More Details Hide Details In 1994, she attracted the attention of journalist Jay McInerney, who wrote a 7-page article about her for The New Yorker, in which he called a then 19-year-old Sevigny the "coolest girl in the world." Sevigny made her film debut with a lead role in the controversial film Kids (1995), written by her then boyfriend Harmony Korine and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance. A long line of roles in generally well-received independent and often experimental films throughout the decade established Sevigny's reputation as an indie film queen. In 1999, Sevigny gained recognition outside of the independent film world for her role as Lana Tisdel in the true story Boys Don't Cry, earning her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Despite her brush with mainstream success, Sevigny continued acting in mostly independent art house films, such as American Psycho (2000), Party Monster (2003), and Dogville (2003). Her role in the art house film The Brown Bunny (2003) caused significant controversy because of a scene in which she performs unsimulated fellatio. Her films since then have included Melinda and Melinda (2004), Manderlay (2005), and Zodiac (2007), the latter of which marked Sevigny's transition into a more big budget studio picture.
  • 1991
    Age 16
    Following Boys Don't Cry, Sevigny had a supporting role in American Psycho, based on the controversial 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis.
    More Details Hide Details Sevigny plays the office assistant of Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale, a 1980s Manhattan yuppie-turned-serial killer. The film, as was its source novel, was controversial because of its depiction of graphic violence and sexuality in an upper-class Manhattan society. In addition, she reunited with Kids writer and Gummo director Harmony Korine for the experimental Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), playing the pregnant sister of a schizophrenic man. Though it never saw a major theatrical release, it garnered some critical praise; Roger Ebert gave the film his signature thumbs up, referring to it as "Freaks shot by the Blair Witch crew", and continuing to say, "The odds are good that most people will dislike this film and be offended by it. For others, it will provoke sympathy rather than scorn". Sevigny followed Julien with a small part in the drama film A Map of the World (1999), opposite Sigourney Weaver.
  • 1980
    Age 5
    Sevigny will also make her directorial debut on the short film Kitty which she adapted from Paul Bowle's 1980 short story.
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  • 1974
    Born on November 18, 1974.
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