NYT: “Chloë Sevigny wants more. Lizzie Borden is helping with that”

Article on Chloë Sevigny from The New York Times in which Chloë talks, among other things, about her career, Lizzie and her upcoming short film White Echo. A couple of excerpts below, courtesy of NYT:

Over the summer, Ms. Sevigny finished filming a complex third short, White Echo, which looks at five women in their 30s and whether they believe in their own power.

“Now I’m ready to direct a feature,” Ms. Sevigny said. “I know. I’m sure. It’s where I hope I’m headed.”

[…] “Everyone is made up of different colors, and sometimes I do feel like I only get to be one,” Ms. Sevigny said.

She sighed and stared out the window in silence.

“It sounds so pretentious,” she said after a long time. “But I have to work harder because of the annoying It Girl thing. It gets in the way of recognizing my acting. I’d rather be cool than a bunch of other things, I guess.”

[…] Ms. Sevigny is perhaps one of her generation’s finest character actresses. “Chloë’s artistic choices are refreshingly dangerous,” said Bob Gazzale, president of the American Film Institute. “Time and again, she invites us into her own fragility — and that invitation is hand-delivered with a strength, courage and confidence that few are able to convey.”

Lizzie is not quite aimed at the multiplex masses. It is a highbrow horror film backed by Roadside Attractions, which is known for distributing gems like Manchester by the Sea and Winter’s Bone. “I love that Lizzie doesn’t pander in a horror movie way,” said Howard Cohen, one of Roadside’s founders. “It goes back to the story and is supported by research.” He added, “There is nothing precious about Chloë’s performance — nothing mannered, no weird Locust Valley lockjaw — and yet she makes a very strong woman believable for the period.”

Yet Lizzie also seems to represent an effort by Ms. Sevigny to push into more populist territory.

“I have been very calculated in my career, and now I’m kicking myself for some of those decisions — the things I didn’t do,” Ms. Sevigny said. “I used to be afraid to do anything that might be seen as frivolous or silly. Big, commercial, whatever. When I was younger, I guess I was snobby.”

Find the full interview on the New York Times website and a couple of stunning new pictures from the feature in our gallery.

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