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.
Chloë Sevigny appears
this season as the sex-
obsessed Shelley on FX's American Horror Story. Wednesdays on FX!
“I was worried people would be angry that they didn’t cast a real person who was transitioning [for the part of Mia in Hit & Miss],” she says. “I asked why they didn’t, and the producers said they didn’t find the right person. It’s a big responsibility toward that community, and I wanted to do them right.” The show’s writer, Sean Conway, was more categorical. “I don’t think anyone else could have played the part,” he says. “She’s hypnotizing and perfectly balances the tender with the brutal. I could watch her forever.”
[...] “Being around the men on set, being naked, and having that on, I just felt insecure and uncomfortable. Plus the process to put it on was very involved. I had to shave myself, it’s glued on, painted, like any prosthetic. It’s not fun to have someone right up in your private parts,” she deadpans before letting out her hooting laugh, a signature Chloë-ism. “I think the root of why I was so upset with having it on was that I wasn’t fully trusting of the producers and directors,” she admits. “Now I can rest assured, because I’ve seen it, and it’s not gratuitous. It shouldn’t be a show about a fucking penis.’”
[...] “People expect me to say I regret Brown Bunny, but I won’t.”
[...] “Sevigny denies that she’s the clotheshorse she’s made out to be, but does, in fact, know her place in the fashion food chain. For the British premiere of Hit & Miss she requested about 20 dresses for consideration, but only received two. “Aren’t I one of the top searches on Style.com, for crying out loud?” she says with mock disgust. “How hard is it to get a fucking dress from Valentino?” When it’s noted that that quote will definitely make it to print, she clasps her hands together and lets out a raspy laugh.”
Just a quick heads-up that according to Bloody Disgusting, filming for FX’s American Horror Story Season 2 is set to begin on July 17th in Los Angeles, California. Chloë Sevigny, as many of you will know, has landed a recurring role as Shelly the Nymphomaniac on the show, and was photographed arriving at LAX airport yesterday.
With Hit & Miss premiering on DirecTV tonight(!), the first U.S. reviews of the show have started to surface online — and, much like in the UK earlier this spring, they are nearly uniformly positive. Check out what the U.S. critics have had to say of Chloë’s performance so far:
“I realize this plot sounds laughably bizarre, but Hit & Miss has a strikingly strong sense of pace and character. Sevigny, who played the craziest wife in HBO’s polygamy epic, Big Love, has found a nearly perfect part here as Mia becomes a thoroughly engaging and deeply conflicted character. The role is written (by Sean Conway) with a surprising sensitivity that is heads above the cheap ‘tranny’ jokes we usually get from a popular culture that fails again and again to discern cross-dressing antics from gender-identity issues.”
“But what makes Hit & Miss unique isn’t the prosthetic penis. It’s its confident, measured tone and pace. In a summer sea of frantic entertainment, the series is atmospheric and downright thoughtful. At the center of it is Sevigny, accomplishing the feat of portraying a taciturn, transgender assassin figuring out how to navigate her relationship with an entire new family. And she does it all — the lady who used to be a bloke subtext, the squabbling, the killing — with an effortless accent. It’s the kind of complicated, challenging role any actress would dream of, but few would have the courage to pull off. Yet Sevigny does it with grit and nuance, creating one of her most indelible roles yet.”
“The actors, starting with Sevigny, repeatedly turn that specter into raw, compelling drama. Think Shameless without the jokes and The Crying Game without the glamour. A lot of viewers may say, ‘I can’t watch this.’ It will reward those who do.”
- NY Daily News
Chloë Sevigny Transitions to the U.K. Miniseries Hit & Miss
by Bruce Fretts
From her Oscar-nominated performance in the transgender-themed true-crime story Boys Don’t Cry to her stint as a “sister-wife” on HBO’s Big Love, Chloë Sevigny has never shied away from provocative roles. Her work as an Irish contract killer who’s in transition from male to female in the six-part British series Hit & Miss (airing on DirecTV’s Audience Network) may be her most controversial turn yet. Not that she planned it that way. “This fell into my lap,” says the actress. “And it’s such a juicy part.” Here, she discusses Hit & Miss as well as gigs on Law & Order: SVU and American Horror Story.
TV Guide Magazine: When Hit & Miss producers asked you to play a transgender assassin, were you taken aback? Or did you take it as a compliment?
Sevigny: A little of both. I always thought I looked a bit masculine. But I think they picked me because of my range, without paying myself any compliments.
TV Guide Magazine: Which was harder — learning the Irish accent or wearing the prosthetic penis?
Sevigny: Learning the accent was harder, with more work, time-wise. Wearing the penis was harder emotionally.
TV Guide Magazine: It’s been reported that you cried every day on the set. Is that true?
Sevigny: Not every day, but every time I wore it. It was seven separate days of filming.
TV Guide Magazine: Why was it so upsetting?
Sevigny: Putting it on took two hours. I shaved myself and they had to glue it on, paint it and pull away the skin to make it seamless. It’s a tedious process, and it’s hard having someone so close to your private parts for an extended period of time who you’re not having sex with. And having it on and looking at yourself is oddly disturbing. I felt like a freak. A lot of transgender people feel like this shouldn’t be part of their body, and so I guess it was a good thing. I reacted the way my character would.
Chloe Sevigny Hits It with Her Best Shot
by Diane Anderson-Minshall
The actress subverts gender again in her newest role as a transgender woman who just happens to be an assassin.
Actress Chloë Sevigny may be best known to TV viewers for playing Nicolette “Nicki” Grant, the most interesting of three sister wives on HBO’s long-running polygamy drama, Big Love. But she’s equally iconic for her game-changing roles in the shocking Kids and the transgender Oscar-winner Boys Don’t Cry. Sevigny’s had a bevy of films that play with gender, including Candy Darling and If These Walls Could Talk 2, and last year she cross-dressed as distinctive fashion photographer Terry Richardson for the cover of the avant-garde trans fashion magazine Candy (shot by Richardson).
She subverts gender again in her next role, where she plays a transgender woman who just happens to be an assassin. It may be her best part yet. Hit & Miss, a six-part miniseries that premieres in July on DirectTV, centers around Mia, a contract killer whose trans identity is unknown to those around her. Her life, already precarious, is sent into a tailspin when she receives a letter from her ex. The woman is dying and wants to confess that before she transitioned, Mia fathered an 11-year-old son.
For the role, Sevigny wanted to play Mia as a glamorous woman who easily passes as female — more April Ashley (a gorgeous famous British fashion model outed as transgender in 1961) than Felicity Huffman’s Transamerica character, who she says “hadn’t quite flourished all the way yet.”
Hope everyone was able to tune into last Tuesday’s intense sixth and final episode of Sky Atlantic’s Hit & Miss miniseries. As always, here are our HD screen captures of Chloë Sevigny as Mia in the episode.
The big question everyone is now asking, especially in light of last Tuesday’s cliffhanger ending, is of course whether or not the show will come back for a second series. Although as far as we know the show has been a ringing success for Sky Atlantic both critically and ratings-wise, and Chloë herself did not dismiss the possibility of another series during her last month’s promotional visit to the UK, no continuation has been announced as yet. If you’d like to see the show continue, however, drop Sky Atlantic a line about it via their Facebook page or Twitter account @skyatlantic.
In the mean time, enjoy this final set of caps and don’t forget to get your copy of the DVD / Blu-Ray on July 2 (Region 2/Europe only)!
Don’t forget to watch Chloë Sevigny in tonight’s 6th and final episode of Sky Atlantic’s critically acclaimed miniseries Hit & Miss. If the series’ earlier episodes are anything to go by, it should be pretty momentous. 10PM on Sky Atlantic!
As always, here are the HD screen captures of Chloë Sevigny as Mia in this week’s episode of Hit & Miss. Don’t forget to tune into the miniseries’ 6th and final episode next Tuesday on Sky Atlantic. Should be epic!!
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.
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