Chloë Se­vi­gny

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The ac­tress eats oys­ters in Covent Gar­den and wishes Dean Street Town­house

was still a goth club

Where do you call home? New York. Cur­rently, the East Vil­lage. Where do you stay in Lon­don? Mostly the Covent Gar­den Ho­tel be­cause it’s lively and close to Soho. What ad­vice would you give a tourist? There’s ele­gance, beauty and so much his­tory to be found at the big tourist at­trac­tions. What’s the first thing you do when you ar­rive? Soak in one of the huge tubs in Clar­idge’s, if I’m stay­ing there. We don’t have tubs that size in Amer­i­can ho­tels. What’s the most mem­o­rable meal you’ve had in Lon­don? The other night I went to J Sheekey and had a bunch of oys­ters and some de­li­cious seafood. I also love Scotts in May­fair, and The Wolse­ley. When I come to Europe, I like to go to el­e­gant places. Down-the- hole places are great, too, but it’s nice to have some glam­our. What’s the most ro­man­tic thing some­one’s done for you in Lon­don? Prob­a­bly tak­ing me out of Lon­don. I had a Bri­tish ro­mance years ago and we’d drive out to Bath or the Cotswolds and stay in lit­tle B& Bs. What’s your ear­li­est Lon­don memory? I first came here in 1995 with the money I made from Kids. I stayed with an old high school boyfriend and when he was at art school ev­ery day I’d get on the Tube and go to all the mu­se­ums ( V& A, left). I was in awe of the beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­ture. Which shops do you like? I go to Fort­num & Ma­son to get tea tins (right) – they make great gifts. I like Kokon To Zai on Greek Street, it has avant- garde de­sign­ers you can’t find in New York. I bought my favourite pair of high-waisted leather shorts by Claude Mon­tana from Rel­lik on Gol­borne Road. And I like go­ing for tea at The Ritz. PRI­VATE PARTS Chloë didn’t take well to hav­ing to wear a pros­thetic pe­nis for her role as a trans­gen­der contract killer in

‘I cried ev­ery day when they put it on. I felt very ex­posed – hav­ing peo­ple so close to your per­sonal parts, who you’re not sleep­ing with, for an hour and a half each day...’ What are your favourite Lon­don dis­cov­er­ies? Columbia Road Flower Mar­ket. I like to walk around and lis­ten to all the stall- hold­ers scream­ing out the prices. It feels very old-world. How would you like the opening line of your obit­u­ary to read? ‘A lov­ing wife and mother.’ Not ‘in­die ac­tress’. What’s your big­gest ex­trav­a­gance? Vin­tage cloth­ing. When I see my year- end state­ments, it seems ridicu­lous that I’ve spent that much on clothes. What was the last gig you went to here? It’s been a re­ally long time. I might have seen Placebo (right) in 1997. What would you do as Mayor for the day? Ban cars and make ev­ery­body ride bikes. What’s the best piece of ad­vice you’ve been given? ‘Run your own race,’ from my friend Jeanne Trip­ple­horn, who was in Big Love with me. We com­pare our­selves to oth­ers too much. What’s your favourite Lon­don club? Gos­sips on Dean Street was silly and kind of gothy and pretty hip­ster. Now it’s been turned into Dean Street Town­house ( left). What was the last al­bum you down­loaded? One by the folk singer Roy Harper. I lis­ten to it all the time. Which is your favourite street for shop­ping? Por­to­bello Road and the mar­ket. I’m of­ten dis­ap­pointed by Brick Lane be­cause the vin­tage shops only seem to stock polyester clothes. Who’s your hero? Damien Echols was one of the West Mem­phis Three, who were falsely ac­cused of mur­der in 1994. He was on Death Row but is out of pri­son now; his re­silience and the peace that he’s found is an in­spi­ra­tion. What do you most like wear­ing? Just a bikini by Norma Kamali or Malia Mills on the beach. What are you up to at the mo­ment? Gear­ing up for a play I’m do­ing this summer in New York; it’s called Abi­gail, and it’s about what hap­pens to Abi­gail Williams from The Cru­cible af­ter she leaves Salem. It’s a two-week run, and there are no crit­ics, which is a bless­ing. The fi­nal episode of Hit & Miss airs on

26 June; the DVD is out on 2 July

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