MY INSPIRATION: CHLOË SEVIGNY
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