Chloë talks ‘Big Love’ to NPR’s Terry Gross on “Fresh Air”

Yesterday, Chloë Sevigny was featured on the National Public Radio talk show “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. On the show, Chloë discussed her recent work on the critically acclaimed HBO drama series, Big Love, her earlier work in e.g. Kids (on which she worked with former flame Harmony Korine), and her early life and style (e.g. why she shaved her head back in the day, and how she dealt with the frequent drug abuse in the rave scene she was in when she was young). It’s a very insightful and warm interview all around, and we highly suggest you have a listen!

Listen to and/or download Chloë’s full “Fresh Air” interview via! The interview is about 21 minutes long.

Interview excerpts from

How her role on Big Love is different from her roles in movies:
“I’m kind of intimidated by the big screen — I often keep my performances much smaller and much more natural and subtle — and of course on Big Love, it’s so big, the stakes are always really high, and it’s always very dramatic, and there’s always so much going on that I can’t imagine what they saw in earlier performances that they would think, ‘Oh, Chloe can really run with this [Big Love role].’ “

On wearing prairie dresses:
“It was always a fantasy of mine growing up — my favorite program was always Little House on the Prairie — so I always wanted to wear those looks. When I was a child, I wouldn’t let my mom put me in anything but calico dresses and now … whaddaya know, every day I’m in a calico dress, basically, so it’s kind of funny.”

On getting started in acting:
“I had always wanted to be an actress. I went to summer theater camp from kindergarten on up until high school, and always had the leads in all the plays — even though they were at the YMCA — but it was something I always wanted to do. I had done some commercial work in junior high and stuff — my mother would bring me into the city, and we’d go on these crazy castings … Acting was something I always dreamed of doing … it was my passion when I was young.”

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