MY IN­SPI­RA­TION: CHLOË SEVIGNY

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The ac­tress and de­signer of Chloë Sevigny for Open­ing Cer­e­mony an­swers our ques­tions. FIRST AL­BUM BOUGHT? Cyndi Lau­per’s She’s So Un­usual. I grew up with my fa­ther col­lect­ing vinyl – Mar­i­anne Faith­full, Elvis Costello, the Rolling Stones. My first record was pop, the op­po­site of what I’d been reared on. It was a lit­tle bit of re­bel­lion, which I think hap­pens to kids whose par­ents have good taste. MOST RE-READ BOOK? Chil­dren of Light, by Robert Stone. It’s the story of a film crew try­ing to make a movie of Kate Chopin’s The Awak­en­ing. PER­SONAL MANTRA? I was raised Catholic, so I ad­here to “Do unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you.” I feel like if every­body did, life would be much more pleas­ant. It takes strength to be gen­tle and kind. RE­GRETS? Turn­ing down projects I should have done. AS­TRO­LOG­I­CAL SIGN? I’m a triple Scorpio; I don’t get along with other Scorpio women but pretty well with Scorpio men. FAVOURITE MOVIE? Bad­lands, by Ter­rence Mal­ick. I like the story of love on the run and re­bel­lion. GUILTY PLEA­SURES? Vin­tage cloth­ing, tequila, and tan­ning. With­out a tan I look green­ish yel­low. UN­DER­RATED NO­TION? Man­ners were al­ways im­por­tant in our house­hold. One of my first books was Mup­pet Man­ners. BEAUTY OR BRAINS? Hu­mour. FAVOURITE OB­JECT? A denim jacket with ‘ELVIS’ em­broi­dered on the back that Linda Manz wore in Out of the Blue. When­ever I show it to peo­ple who love that film, they’re re­ally jeal­ous. FAN­TASY ARTIST TO PAINT YOUR POR­TRAIT? John Cur­rin. SONG IN THE SHOWER? Jour­ney’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and other songs from Rock of Ages. I worked with the guy who wrote the mu­si­cal, and I’ve been re­ally into the ’ 80s power bal­lads. DREAM LUNCH DATE? My mother’s mother. She died be­fore I was born. I’ve al­ways wanted to meet her; she sounds like an ec­cen­tric lady. She had a black cat called Lu­cifer and birds and wore a lot of Bake­lite beads. I feel like I take af­ter her. DOGS OR CATS? Cats. I think they’re re­ally freaky and weird and pow­er­ful and wild. SIG­NA­TURE DISH? My wa­ter­melon, feta, and jalapeno salad. FAVOURITE ROOM? I would have to say my pow­der room. It’s nau­ti­cal-themed, with pho­tos of me and my fam­ily at the beach or sail­ing. It’s very sweet, kind of Waspy, and a lit­tle TGI Fri­day’s. AL­TER­NATE PRO­FES­SION? Some­thing more ad­mirable, like the Peace Corps or Green­peace. I am a quiet en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist; I com­post in the city, and I feel very strongly about a lot of that. FAVOURITE DE­SIGNER? Ni­co­las Gh­esquière. RI­HANNA OR BEY­ONCÉ? I’m split. Bey­oncé is one of the nicest peo­ple I’ve met. I’ve never met Ri­hanna, but I like her jams a lit­tle more. They’re fun. NIGHTS OUT? My favourite club is prob­a­bly Sway. They have a Mor­ris­sey night I’ve been go­ing for, like, 12 years. My favourite bar is Max Fish. I al­ways know some­body there – I’ve been go­ing since I was 18. BAND? The Vel­vet Un­der­ground. I love Nico’s singing, and they’re prob­a­bly one of the most im­por­tant con­trib­u­tors to mu­sic. TV SHOWS? Game of Thrones. That Jon Snow boy is beau­ti­ful, I can’t even take it. All the per­fect breasts give me a lit­tle anx­i­ety, but I’m re­ally into it. That and Break­ing Bad. APP? I have a Black­Berry, so I don’t have any. But I like Face­book be­cause there’s more dis­course. COCK­TAIL? Tequila on the rocks. FAVOURITE TIME OF DAY? Sun­set. I’m more of an owl than a lark.

Chloë Sevigny in Chloë Sevigny for Open­ing Cer­e­mony

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