Ology.com: “Chloë Sick of Playing the Suffering Wife, Incredibly Honest”

Article and interview with Chloë Sevigny from Ology.com, in which Chloë talks about her work in Mr. Nice, Big Love, Drew Droege’s “Chloe Sevigny” online drag impression and more. It’s a great, honest read. Full article under the cut.


Chloë Sevigny Sick of Playing the Suffering Wife, Incredibly Honest

They say honesty is the best policy, but few actors take that sentiment to heart as genuinely as Chloë Sevigny, who was kind enough to sit down with me and a few other curious minds this morning in midtown Manhattan. She has one of those ebullient laughs that nervously tumbles out without warning. Ms. Sevigny is promoting her latest film, the little seen Mr. Nice, which played SXSW last March and has its U.S. premiere on June 3rd. It’s the true life story of Howard Marks, a Welsh dope smuggler played by Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, The Replacements), as directed by Bernard Rose (Candyman, Immortal Beloved). Ms. Sevigny plays Howard’s wife Judy, and had plenty to say on a myriad of topics. Things like:

TRANSPORTATION
The car service guy decided to cross town on 45th street. It was really idiotic.

WHY SHE PLAYED THE PART
I was attracted to Rhys. Not as in I wanted to get in the sack with him, but I was attracted to him as an actor and as a human.

THE REAL JUDY MARKS
Unfortunately, I didn’t meet Judy until the very end. Bernard didn’t want me to meet her and I had to respect the director’s wishes, but now I wish I had been able to meet her sooner. I would have had more ideas to play with to humanize her more than just the long-suffering wife, which is always slightly humiliating.

MARIJUANA
I can’t smoke pot because I get The Fear. I get paranoid. But some of the other cast and crew members were partaking. Method acting.

THE DIRECTOR
He made me look better than anybody else has for a long time. He says high and to the left are my best angles.

THE REAL HOWARD MARKS
He seemed like a super mellow dude. He’s stoned, I dunno.

HER ENGLISH ACCENT
That was the scariest part. They didn’t have a real coach work with me. It’s so technical and I think I would have been a lot more confident if I had a real dialect coach. I was working with AD’s and PA girls. There was a lot of improvisation as well and it was so hard concentrating on the accent. It was very intimidating.

THE INTERNET
I avoid the internet. I don’t read any of the blogs. I know everybody else is all about comments and everything else.

GAMES
I’m not really into games. I like Apples to Apples. It’s a fun game.

DAVID THEWLIS’S PENIS
That was in the script. There was a lot of discourse over that, because David is also in Harry Potter. Could he be in Potter and show his penis in another film, even if it was flaccid? There was a lot of back and forth.

THE RUNAWAYS MOVIE
I thought the costumes were great, but one of the girls was wearing brand new Levi’s. You could tell by the pocket in the back. It took me right out of the movie.

DREW DROEGE’S DRAG IMPRESSION OF HER
I met him at a party in Los Angeles. I really don’t feel like he’s doing me, it’s more just like weird performance art. He’s a great comedian, he works with those Funny or Die people a lot. I’m all for weird.

WHAT’S NEXT?
I’m going to England to do a miniseries. I don’t think it’s been announced yet, so I’m not supposed to talk about it. I will be playing a pre-op male to female tranny assassin. It’s f*ckin’ awesome, but there’s an accent.

AUDITIONS
I’ve never gotten a job going on an audition. They’ve all been incoming calls. I had been more interested in working with auteurs and filmmakers I admire, even if the roles weren’t that great, but now I’m trying to concentrate on finding better roles. Because after playing Nicki (on HBO’s Big Love), it’s hard to go back to the suffering wife.

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