American actress and fashion icon Chloë Sevigny is one of Hollywood's boldest and most gifted actors. Known for her many indie film roles, Sevigny has garnered much critical acclaim since her 1995 debut, most recently a Golden Globe for her performance on HBO's Big Love. Sevigny is also widely revered for her sense of style, and recently launched her fourth collection for the hip NY label Opening Ceremony.
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The actress and fashion icon’s latest project has her judging screenplays for Four Stories, a screenwriting contest curated by Roman Coppola and The Directors Bureau in collaboration with Intel and W Hotels. Here, Sevigny talks to TIME about her motiviations for participating, Mormonism and where she’d like to travel next.
This is a somewhat unexpected project for you. Why did you want to get involved?
For selfish reasons, firstly. I’m trying to get out more and meet more people, so I thought this would be a good way to do that. I’ve met some of people involved before, but I think it’s good to be proactive. As my mother says, “You can’t just sit at home with your girlfriends every night.”
How does someone like you have trouble meeting people?
Because I don’t like to leave the house. I like to stay in and have people over to my house.
Part of the contest asks filmmakers to incorporate travel into their submissions. What’s on your list of must-see spots?
This is going to sound terrible, but I like going to all-inclusive resorts. High-end ones like GoldenEye in Jamaica, because I don’t like to have to think when I’m on holiday. I’m also like a coddled actress — I’m used to being told where to go and when to be there. I like to go to places where I have friends who can show me around. I have a friend in Stockholm and I’d like to go back; I’d also like to go back to Chicago.
You played a Mormon wife (Nicki Grant) on HBO’s Big Love. Do you think the series, Broadway’s Book of Mormon and other pop cultural references to the religion will influence voters’ perception of Republican candidate Mitt Romney at all?
No, I don’t think so. I mean, I don’t want to say anything political, but I think there’s a real mystique surrounding Mormonism. And it’s confusing to a lot of people who don’t do thorough research on it like I had to in order to play Nicki.
In the July issue of Out, you lamented about not being able to borrow a Valentino dress for the London premiere of your British television show, Hit & Miss. Have you been able to get one since?
No I haven’t. But I haven’t had a desire for one. I know Cannes was going on at that time, which was obviously a lot more exposure than my premiere; I was just disappointed because I really loved that collection.
The Hollywood Reporter reports Chloë Sevigny has joined the judging panel of Roman Coppola and The Directors Bureau’s upcoming screenplay competition titled “Four Stories”. More from the source:
A screenplay competition curated by director and screenwriter Roman Coppola and his production banner The Directors Bureau launches later this month named ‘Four Stories.’ Backed by Intel Corporation and W Hotels Worldwide, the aim is for filmmakers to upload their original screenplays — inspired by the mobile 24/7 nature of travel — at intel.com/fourstories for the chance to see their idea come to life on the big screen.
A trio of winning screenplays will be selected from a global pool of submissions by a panel of industry figures including Coppola (The Directors Bureau), Michael Pitt (actor), Jeff Baena (screenwriter), Chloe Sevigny, PJ Ransone alongside Vimeo vp, creative development Blake Whitman and William Morris agent Danny Gabai. Michaelangelo L’Acqua (W Hotels global music director), Deborah Conrad (chief marketing officer at Intel) and Eddy Moretti (exec producer and creative director at VICE) will also join.
‘Four Stories’ marks the first collaboration from The Ultrabook Experience, a fresh initiative from Intel featuring collaborations with brands, emerging and established artists, and designers and entertainers that use the Intel-inspired Ultrabook devices. The three winning scripts will be developed and transformed by Coppola and The Directors Bureau into 10-minute shorts. Scripts must be set in a W Hotel, and the Ultrabook must play a key role in the film. To complete the series, the fourth film will be written and directed by Coppola, who most recently co-wrote Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.
The performance dates for Abigail/1702 from the Powerhouse website: June 27, 28, 29, 30, July 3 (post-show discussion), 5, 6, 7, at 8PM; June 30, July 1, 7 (post-show discussion), 8 at 2PM.Tickets are $35 and available at Tix.com.
Ten years after the events of The Crucible, Abigail Williams (Chloë Sevigny) is living under a new identity in Boston and haunted by her past. When a mysterious figure appears, she confronts Salem’s dark history head on and must atone for her role in it. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (The Mystery Plays, Good Boys and True, Glee and Big Love) makes his Powerhouse debut with this suspenseful tale of a young woman’s quest for redemption.
Finally, we have a couple of photos of Chloë rehearsing the play with co-star Patrick Heusinger. See them in our gallery.
Deadline.com reports Chloë Sevigny will be starring as Abigail Williams in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s new play Abigail/1702 in New York this summer. More from Deadline:
EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Chloe Sevigny will play Abigail Williams in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa‘s new play Abigail/1702, which will premiere at New York Stage and Film this summer. The David Esbjornson-directed production will run June 27-July 8. The play is a supernatural suspense thriller set 10 years after the infamous Salem witch trials. Believing herself responsible for the deaths of 20 innocent people, Abigail is now living in Boston under an assumed name, caring for the sick, and struggling to atone for her sins — both the ones history remembers her for and the darker ones in her heart. When she starts to fall in love with a young sailor in her care, a chilling, diabolical figure from Abigail’s past comes calling… and demands her soul as recompense for her crimes, sending the woman on one final, terror-filled quest for redemption back into the dark, haunted woods of Salem.
The playwright met Sevigny and they became friends when they worked on Big Love, discovering they shared a mutual love of horror and the supernatural. Aguirre-Sacasa, you’ll recall, was one of the architects who helped repair Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, which became a Broadway hit after the roughest start a musical has had. WME reps both.
The wording in the article seems to indicate that Chloë’s involvement has yet to be confirmed, but if true, what a great opportunity to see her onstage! Can’t wait!
TheaterMania.com reports Chloë Sevigny will be participating in a special one-night-only reading of the Tom Eyen-play Women Behind Bars on May 7. More from TheaterMania.com:
The New Group @ Theatre Row will present a one-night-only benefit reading of the play Women Behind Bars by Tom Eyen at 7pm on Monday, May 7 at the Acorn Theatre. It will be directed by Scott Elliott.
The play is set on New Year’s Eve 1952 in The Women’s House of Detention in Greenwich Village. When the innocent and lovely Mary-Eleanor is framed by her husband and put away, her arrival in the house of detention sparks rivalries that build to increasingly dangerous — not to say unspeakable and hilarious — conflicts among her fellow prisoners and the sadistic Matron.
The cast will feature Charles Busch (The Matron), Janeane Garofalo (Louise), Nancy Giles (Jo-Jo), Josh Hamilton (the men), Natasha Lyonne (Cheri), Cynthia Nixon (Blanche), Rosie O’Donnell (Gloria), Rosie Perez (Guadalupe), Rhea Perlman (Granny, The Warden), Chloë Sevigny (Mary-Eleanor), and Jennifer Tilly (Ada).
You’ll find this and two more videos featuring Chloë on the newly opened official site for Black Mirror at www.dougaitkenblackmirror.com. We can’t embed the clips here at the moment, so please head over to the Black Mirror website and scroll down to watch them. Please note that the site is very image-heavy and may take a while to load.
Commissioned by the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art in Athens for its project space on the island of Hydra, the installation, which opened last month, immerses visitors in an environment lined with black mirrors that endlessly reflect various iterations of Mr. Aitken’s chilly new video. A cross between Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point and Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, only without the narrative, Black Mirror presents its star, the actress and clothing designer Chloë Sevigny, as a nameless drifter navigating a barren landscape punctuated by satellite dishes, radio towers and droning airplanes. Stopping periodically in one anonymous hotel room or another, she makes attempts to connect, by phone or text or e-mail, to an unidentified second party, with little success.
The project is intended as “a kind of vortex, or a human-scale kaleidoscope,” Mr. Aitken, 43, said in a recent interview in his studio here, one that in many ways mimics the physical and mental disorientation experienced by frequent travelers. It’s a far cry from the disconnected comfort experienced by the cocky hero of Up in the Air, the 2001 novel and 2009 movie that explored similar territory.
Chloë has arrived in Greece! Yesterday, Chloë Sevigny and Doug Aitken were photographed at the Black Mirror Performance Press Conference in Athens. Chloë will be appearing in Aitken’s video- and live performance piece at the Port of Piraeus June 16-17 and on Hydra June 19-20. Tickets (which are 15 € apiece) to the June 19 show will be available on-the-spot only; the June 20 performance is sold out. Details at www.greekfestival.gr.
The protagonist, played by Chloë Sevigny, exists in the borderless world of Black Mirror where people live fast nomadic lives in the shadows. These are the people you pass and don’t identify at the airport terminal, the hotel lobby, and the car rental kiosk.
Black Mirror explores modern life accelerated. Like a river of light moving on the highway, we’re all on this road, but this is the story of those for whom the road is existence’ those who don’t step back to breathe the air, those who never stagnate or stop… this is “the now.”
Black Mirror is an artwork in multiple forms — a site specific multi-channel video installation that will be presented on Hydra Island, Greece and, in synchronicity, a live theatre performance set on a uniquely designed barge floating off Athens and Hydra.
The video installation will transform the interior of the old Slaughterhouse into a space literally covered in black mirrors to create a black-mirrored kaleidoscope. Inside the vortex-like reflective room, the 5-channel synchronized film installation will play the work, to create an evocative personal story of modern movement.
The unique live theater work created by Doug Aitken, will create a single story through multiple film projections and with live actors, gospel singers, male and female strippers, musicians, and whipper. A live musical score will accompany the piece, performed by the band No Age and Greek percussionists.
A book produced by the DESTE Foundation will be released in tandem with both elements of the work.
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