Chloë Se­vi­gny

The in­die star talks be­ing mean and go­ing green…

Total Film - - Teasers - ETA | 14 DE­cEm­bEr / LizziE opEns nExT monTh.

What’s the first thing you do when you ar­rive on set?

I’m usu­ally re­ally bitchy. I think it’s bet­ter to start off mean and then turn nice, so I usu­ally come with an at­ti­tude. I like to be chal­leng­ing. I like the PAs to know that I’m not go­ing to stand for a cer­tain kind of fuck­ery.

What do you take on set with you?

I have my own teacup, strainer and loose leaf teas. I don’t like any­one else to get me food or drinks; I have to get it my­self. If they get it wrong, I’m gonna have a mini ob­nox­ious ac­tress spi­ral.

Any on-set su­per­sti­tions?

I do have OCD around my scripts. I al­ways high­light ev­ery­thing in the same way, in yel­low, and I al­ways make my notes in a black pen. I also like to learn my lines by writ­ing it all out in long­hand, four times. I only feel safe if I have my high­lighter. Now I sound like a real psy­chopath!

Do you ever sleep on set?

Oh God, I wish. I can’t nap, and I don’t know how to sleep at night ei­ther! On Big Love our hours were nuts and I had to drive so far to get home from the set, so I used to have the medic give me oxy­gen. Which is very ’90s.

Hot or cold lunch?

I go for the metal uten­sils. And a real plate. And one nap­kin. I’m try­ing to go ve­gan – be­cause I feel like that’s the most we can do to have an en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact – so it’s usu­ally carbs, even though I’m an ac­tress so I’m not sup­posed to eat that stuff. There’s so much waste around cater­ing. We had a green set on Port­landia, and they were com­post­ing all the left­overs, so it can be done if the pro­duc­ers can be both­ered to not cut cor­ners.

Best on-set ex­pe­ri­ence?

It was prob­a­bly on Kitty, when I di­rected for the first time. Just the mo­ment when I walked out on set on that first day, col­lat­ing all the things that I’d watched other di­rec­tors do over the years. It was so eu­phoric. It was the be all and end all for me.

Have you ever stolen from a film set?

I have the bunny ears from Gummo, but I made those, so they were mine any­way. I also have the t-shirt that I wore in Kids, which was mine too. I feel like those two things are pretty epic pieces of film his­tory for me.

Best ever wrap party?

We had a re­ally epic party on Big Love. We’d all been work­ing to­gether for years and we found our­selves on lo­ca­tion, away from our boyfriends and wives, in some crappy Mex­i­can res­tau­rant. And we just went off. It was tequila mad­ness.

What was it like spend­ing weeks film­ing in the same house for

Lizzie? It was great be­cause Kris­ten [Ste­wart] and I re­ally got on, but it was a re­ally hard shoot. The lo­ca­tion had a weird, oth­er­worldly feel to it. It felt very haunted. That house be­came our home. I’ve never been on screen so much be­fore and I re­mem­ber cry­ing to Kris­ten at the end be­cause I didn’t want the cam­era look­ing at me any­more. I was just ready to be my­self again! PB

‘I thInk It’s bet­ter to start off mean and then turn nIce, so I usu­ally come wIth an at­tI­tude’

se­vi­gny with kris­ten ste­wart in Lizzie.

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