NY Daily News: “For Chloe Sevigny, New York is her playground”

Short article and interview with Chloë Sevigny from NY Daily News, in which Chloë talks among other things about her new collection for Opening Ceremony, the real Judy Marks (whom she portrays in Mr. Nice, out now in select U.S. theaters) and growing up with her brother Paul. Full article under the cut.


Right at home: For Chloe Sevigny, New York is her playground

New York isn’t just Chloe Sevigny’s home; it’s her vacation.

“I have to travel to Los Angeles or wherever for work,” she says. “But New York, I hate being busy in New York. I’d rather just sit in Tompkins Square Park all day and not do anything.”

The East Village resident has been taking a breather since the end of her HBO series Big Love, but she has just hit the big screen with Mr. Nice, in which she plays Judy Marks, the wife of Howard Marks (Rhys Ifans), a Welsh-born drug dealer who specialized in hashish and racked up almost four dozen pseudonyms while on the run from the law.

The real Howard is still living, and so is the real Judy.

“I met her near the end of the shoot, in Spain. She lives there,” says Sevigny. “And then we’ve been emailing for a while. She’s an awesome woman.”

This month, Sevigny will debut her fourth collection for Opening Ceremony in a runway show — the first time the retailer has ever taken to the catwalk for any of its lines. Looking pretty in a summer dress of her own design, the actress sat at the Playwright pub on Eighth Ave . to talk about New York nightlife, her stylish brother and her drag queen doppelganger.

Where would you wear your new line in New York?
Well, I live in the East Village, so of course I would wear it there. I would wear it for cocktails somewhere. I mean, do we want to get specific?

If you want to reveal where you go.
I go everywhere.

Do you ever get hassled by people who recognize you?
I just go where I want to go and whatever happens, happens, you know? I go to this party on Sundays at Sway, it’s like a Smiths night thing, and it’s usually like a lot of foreigners that come up to me there. So it depends on where you’re going. I go eat at Raoul’s all the time, nobody says anything, or Omen, nobody says anything. At Veselka, sometimes kids come up to me. I think it’s more where the tourists are, maybe?

Do people ask you about Big Love?
Big Love, or they say, “Oh, I love your style.” There’s a lot of that. I don’t know what that means. Or, “I’ve loved you since Kids.” I get that a lot. And I go, “That was like 500 years ago.”

Do you do any star spotting of your own?
I saw Ryan Gosling on the street the other day. It was hot. He checked me out, but I don’t think he knew who I was. I was in sunglasses.

Your older brother Paul is a DJ and nightlife impresario. Was he always cool?
I hero-worshipped him. I didn’t look up to singers or anything, I didn’t have that many icons, but I was really into my brother. He was like the coolest thing on the planet. He was really into skateboarding. He was a hard-core kid, used to go to this club called the Anthrax all the time and when New York bands would come through they would stay at our house, like the kids from Burn and stuff.

Did you take style cues from him?
His high-school sweetheart, this girl named Ellie, was my style icon. I just wanted to be her and listen to everything she listened to.

How often do you and Paul hang out?
He went away to school, because he was a delinquent. He got shipped off … and then he went away to college and came back and now we live three blocks from each other in the city. When my career first started picking up and I used to go to a lot of film festivals, during Boys Don’t Cry and that whole period, I brought him everywhere with me. He was really charismatic, obviously, and handsome and charming and everybody liked to talk to him. And I was really shy, so I could let him talk to everybody. Are you sad that Big Love is over? I’m relieved that I don’t have to go back to L.A. anymore. That was really disruptive. I’m sad to say goodbye to the character and I’m sad to say goodbye to my friends and everyone who worked on the show. I had to go out to L.A. for work recently and I stayed with Jeanne Tripplehorn, in her guest house. What is Jeanne Tripplehorn’s guest house like? She’d just had the bathroom redone, and she had fresh fl owers and a water decanter for me, and fresh towels. … She cooked for me every morning and night, we had wine, we played with her son, talked to her husband. It was better than a hotel.

Have you seen this guy Drew Droege who does drag impersonations of you on YouTube?
I met him. He was terrified. … He was like, “I thought you were going to be mean to me!” And we just joked. The videos are really funny, but I don’t know, to me it’s not me, it’s just some sort of art piece.

What are you going to do next? Release a single? A cookbook?
[laughs] Not right now. No. No. I gave this kid some money to do a short film, and there’s this book I might help publish. I try to do things like that, help kids out I know, who are trying to show stuff. At the fashion show, I’m working with this new artist and we’re going to showcase some of his work there. I’m trying to get into a kind of patron mode.

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