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Somewhere between Beliebers, Trump endorsers and Manson Family members lies a group of individuals who pore over their shared obsessions. But if you’ve repeatedly found yourself at a loss for fan-girl behaviour, we have your answer. Enter: Chloë Sevigny. Ultimate ’90s ‘It’ girl, star of off-beat indie films and a weapon on the fashion circuit. Can’t picture her? Jump onto literally every single fashion blogger’s Instagram, she’s the one in the corner of their mood board rocking a hairstyle that can only be compared to the traumatising trim your dad gave your brother in the early ’90s. She's that cool, she makes bowl cuts covetable.
After being plucked off the streets of New York to model and intern for Sassy magazine, Sevigny scored her first role in the cult-movie classic Kids, a drug-fuelled film following Manhattan teenagers amidst the HIV-AIDS pandemic. From there, she went on to appear in a host of eclectic film roles ( The Last Days of Disco, Boys Don’t Cry, American Psycho) and enjoyed her fair share of success on the small screen – including a major role in Big Love (for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress), American Horror
Story and Bloodline. Having made her directorial debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with the short-film Kitty, Sevigny steps back in front of the camera for Love & Friendship, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novella, Lady Susan, that reunites her with her Last Days of Disco director Whit Stillman and co-star Kate Beckinsale. With the film out this month, we spoke with Sevigny about the cult movie scene, fashion, women in film and selfie culture. Your career seems to be revving up... I’m working a lot more now, which makes me happy. I’m also getting to be part of a lot of different kinds of projects that has allowed me to play some very interesting characters. Sometimes you go through stages where you’re not finding roles that please you and it can be frustrating. I would love to be able to do films that are really cutting edge and have a cult appeal, like Boys Don't Cry or American Psycho, but unless you’ve made
films that have made big money, often you won’t get cast in them. I hope that some of the work I’ve been doing lately, like American Horror Story and Bloodline will help. You’d wanted to direct for some time right? What
prevented you from directing sooner? What prevented me? I think my insecurities mostly. I think when I first started out I said, “I want to direct, I want to try this.” I was on the set of Gummo and my boyfriend at the time [Harmony Korine] was directing it and it was seeing the process in a way that I’d never seen before. Of course I’d only done two films prior to that so I was still pretty green. But being so involved with it with him I was like, ‘Wow, this is something I really want to try and do as well.’ And then I kept working and then working with bigger directors and more important directors and real artists and then I started to get really intimidated by the process. So it’s just like my own psychological journey through like how I felt about myself and my confidence in myself and whether or not I could pull it off and whether or not I could pitch something or sell an idea to someone. Just really communicating with people on set even was like a real fear for me, you know, talking to actors and stuff. And at 40 I overcame all of that and was like, ‘Alright, let’s do this.’ Do you think part of the problem is there aren’t enough examples of women directing movies? I’m not really sure because one of my greatest film experiences was Boys Don’t
Cry, it was the best role I’ve ever had on film and that was directed by Kimberly Peirce. I also did American Psycho, which became an iconic movie and it was directed by Mary Harron. So early in my career I had really strong female directors who really influenced me. But I did kind of follow their careers and I saw how difficult it was for them but I don’t think that really influenced me being scared of trying. So making your directorial debut, did you know you wanted to do a short? Would like to do a feature? For sure