Hit & Miss

She’s not your typical dad.

Aired: Miniseries aired May 22nd–June 26th, 2012 on Sky Atlantic
Genre: Drama
Network: Sky Atlantic (UK)
Series Creator(s): Paul Abbott

Cast:

Chloë Sevigny … as Mia Langan (series regular)
Jonas Armstrong … as Ben
Karla Crome … as Riley
Reece Noi … as Levi
Jorden Bennie … as Ryan
Vincent Regan … as John
Peter Wight … as Eddie
Erin Shanagher … as Penny
Laura Greenwood … Sophie
Ben Crompton … as Liam
Roma Christensen … as Leonie
Jordan Hill … as Aaron

Status: Not renewed by Sky Atlantic for a second series; miniseries out on DVD & VOD.

Overview
Memorable Mia Quotations
Said of Hit & Miss
Hit & Miss Series Trivia
Critical Reception
Hit & Miss Online


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Overview

From AbbottVision.com:

Meet Mia, a contract killer with a big secret: she’s a pre-op transsexual. Mia’s life is sent into a tailspin when she receives a letter from her ex, Wendy, who reveals that she’s dying from cancer and that Mia has a son, ten-year-old Ryan. Travelling to a tiny village in West Yorkshire to see the boy, the assassin then discovers the rest of Wendy’s brood. Ambitious and high concept, Hit & Miss follows Mia’s attempts to mix her killer instincts with maternal ones as she helps her new family, and indeed herself, mend and move on from a life-changing loss.

Chloë Sevigny portrays Mia Langan, the series’ central pre-op transgender contract killer.

List of Episodes:

Chloë Sevigny appears in the following episodes of Hit & Miss:

Miniseries (May 22nd–June 26th, 2012)

Episode 1.01 “Episode One”
Episode 1.02 “Episode Two”
Episode 1.03 “Episode Three”
Episode 1.04 “Episode Four”
Episode 1.05 “Episode Five”
Episode 1.06 “Episode Six”


Memorable Mia Quotations

From episode 1.01 “Episode One”:

Eddie: “You’re like a machine, Mia. I fuckin’ love it.”
[Mia says nothing, puts the money on the table in her purse.]
Eddie: “Oh, uh, this came for you. I don’t know who it’s from…”
[Eddie slips Mia a letter.]
Mia: “Wendy.”
Eddie: “‘Wendy?'”
Mia: “My ex. When I used to be…”
[Mia reads the letter and looks increasingly upset.]
Eddie: “Mia? Mia, what is it?”
Mia: “She’s got cancer. She’s dying. That’s not all, though. I’ve got a son!”
Eddie: “What?”
Mia: “I’ve got an eleven-year-old son!”
Eddie: “Fuckin’ hell, Mia.”
Mia: “I need a drink.”

Eddie: “You never mentioned you had a girlfriend.”
Mia: “I met her after I left the fairground. Tried to have a proper relationship, pretend I was something I wasn’t. She wants me to go see her.”
Eddie: “Hmmm. What you going to do?”
Mia: “Nothing. It’s me old life, a different me.”

Mia: “Hello.”
Leonie: “Hello.”
Mia: “Is Wendy in?”
Leonie: “Mummy?”
Mia: “Mummy.”
Leonie: “Mummy’s walking with Jesus.”

Riley: “Who are you?”
Mia: “I’m an old friend of your mum’s.”
Mia: Riley: “Mum’s dead.”
[Riley slams the door on Mia. Mia knocks again.]
Riley: “What?”
Mia: “Can I speak to Ryan, please?”
Riley: “Ryan? Why?”
Mia: “I just wanna speak with him a minute.”
Riley: “No way. Get lost, you weirdo.”
Mia: “I’m Ryan’s dad.”
Riley: “Fuck off.”
Mia: “Don’t you remember me, Riley?”

Levi: “So you were a man, but now you’re a woman.”
Mia: [nodding] “Yeah.”
Levi: “So you’re gay.”
Mia: “No. Straight. But I’m a woman trapped inside a man’s body. We loved each other, your mum and me. We were happy. If I wasn’t a transsexual I’m sure we’d still be together.”

Riley: “We don’t need you here, and we don’t want you here.”
Mia: “Your mum obviously thought otherwise.”

Levi: “That’s mum’s dressing gown.”
Mia: “I know, I’m sorry. I don’t have anything else.”

John: “So you’re the new lass I’ve seen up at Wendy’s.”
Mia: “I am, yeah.”
John: “How did you know her?”
Mia: “We’re old friends.”
John: “Well, we were all old friends with Wendy.”
Ben: “Have some respect, John.”
John: “What, it’s true!”
Mia: “Why don’t you shut the fuck up?”
John: “Big trouble in little vagina, eh?”
Mia: “Say something like that again, I dare ya.”

Ryan: “I’ve had enough of school. I just want to stay here and help you lot.”
Riley: “But you can’t. You’ve got to go to school.”
Mia: “I never let school get in the way of my education.”
Riley: “You’re not fucking helping.”

[John’s dog starts sniffing Mia’s crotch.]
Mia: “Fucking animal. Should be kept on a lead, just like its owner.”

Ryan: “What was your name when you were a boy?”
Mia: “Ryan. My name was Ryan.”
Ryan: “Really?”
Mia: “Yes.”
Ryan: “So mum named me after you?”
Mia: “Maybe. I hope so.”
[Ryan opens his tent.]
Ryan: “I don’t want anything to change.”
Mia: “If things didn’t change, there wouldn’t be any butterflies.”

Mia: “Anything with a jaw can be knocked out.”

John: “I won’t ask you again, Mia. I want my money.”
Mia: “You didn’t ask me the first time.”
John: “Don’t get clever with me. You’re just like Wendy. Snakes with tits, both of ya.”
Mia: “I already warned you about bad-mouthing her.”
John: “I mean what I say. Otherwise I’ll fuck you up. And the kids.”
Mia: “I’ve got your money.”
[Mia punches John to the ground.]
Mia: “Now fuck off and leave us alone.”

From episode 1.02 “Episode Two”:

Leonie: “Good day at work?”
Mia: “The usual, thanks.”

Mia: “You know what? I don’t have to take this shit.”

Mia: “I’m a real boy. I’m a real boy.”
[Mia starts punching herself repeatedly in the groin while standing in front of a mirror wearing nothing but a rubber Pinocchio nose.]
Mia: “Freak! Freak!”

John: “What do you want?”
Mia: “The smallholdings. How much do you want for it?”
John: “I’m not selling to you. I want you out of here. The sooner the better.”
Mia: “This isn’t over.”

Mia: “Tea’s ready.”
Riley: “Is that it, then? Are you gonna run away every time it gets a bit tough?”
Mia: “No.”
Riley: “Don’t mess us about, Mia. I mean it. They say you can choose your friends, but not your family. Thing is, you can.”

Mia: “I’ve signed the forms and sorted stuff out with the social. But I’m not going anywhere. I want to be more than just a name on a piece of paper.”

Levi: “What’s all that money for?”
Mia: “I’m making sure this place carries on being your home.”

Ryan: “When did you realise that you were a girl?”
Mia: “I kind of always knew. I remember one time when I was little, my dad had been shouting at me so much I wet my pants. As punishment for being a sissy, he made me wear a pair of mum’s frilly knickers. It didn’t really feel like a punishment. It just felt really normal.”

Mia: “That prick John’s put the smallholdings up for sale. The kids think it’s my fault, and they’re right. I was thinking about buying it.”
Eddie: “Do you think that’s a good idea?”
Mia: “What d’you mean?”
Eddie: “I’ve no problem with you doing what you have to do for them. I just don’t want it to have a bearing on what you do for me.”
Mia: “It won’t. It won’t, Eddie. You have my word.”
Eddie: “Can you afford it?”
[Mia gives Eddie a meaningful look.]
Eddie: “Oh, fucking hell, Mia. That money’s for your operation.”
Mia: “It can wait. And it might not matter anyway. I can’t go legit and buy the place. I’m under the radar, aren’t I? Legally, I don’t exist. Besides, he isn’t willing to sell to me.”
Eddie: “You could make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Mia: “I don’t want to shit on my own doorstep. I want to stay there. I want to be there.”

Mia: “So you’re punishing the kids to get to me? Big man.”
John: “You hardly know the little fuckers. What do you care?”
Mia: “Plenty.”
John: “Well, you should’ve thought about that earlier.”
Mia: “I said I’d buy it off ya.”
John: “No chance.”
Mia: “Is there nothing I can do?”
John: “Well… Wendy and I did have a little arrangement.”
Mia: “I wouldn’t sleep with you if you were the last man on Earth.”
John: “Shame. I think a good fuck is exactly what you need.”
Mia: “Piss off.”

Ryan: “I thought I heard something outside.”
Mia: “Probably just the fox.”
Ryan: “The fox is dead. I found it this morning.”
Mia: “Then maybe it’s another fox.”

Riley: “You look really nice, Mia.”
Mia: “Oh. Thanks, Riley.”
Levi: “Yeah, not bad for a cock in a frock.”

Ben: [looking at Eddie] “That your dad?”
Mia: “Don’t let him hear you say that. He’ll kill you.”
Ben: “Is it your boyfriend?”
Mia: “None of the above. He’s my boss.”
Ben: “Ah. You know, you never did tell me what you do.”
Mia: “It’s really not that interesting.”

Levi: “So… how does it work anyway? Do you just make your willies kiss? Pork on pork?”
Mia: “Don’t be facetious, Levi.”
Levi: “I don’t even know what that means.”

Mia: “What’s this crap we’re listening to?”
Levi: “It’s good.”
Mia: “It’s going.”

Ryan: “I just want to be more like you.”
Mia: “You are like me.”
Ryan: “Really?”
Mia: “Yeah. In a lot of ways.”
Ryan: “So I’m not a girl inside?”
Mia: “No. You’re a boy. And one day you’ll be a man.”
Ryan: “How’d you know?”
Mia: “I just do.”

From episode 1.03 “Episode Three”:

Mia: “Here’s the new deal. You sell the smallholdings to me and you stay the fuck away from us! Otherwise… I will kill ya. You understand?”

Ben: “So where’d you grow up?”
Mia: “Everywhere. Nowhere.”
[Ben looks perplexed.]
Mia: “I grew up in a fairground.”
Ben: “Yeah? That must’ve been brilliant!”
Mia: “Had its moments.”

Mia: “Thanks for tonight. I really enjoyed it.”
Ben: “Yeah. Me an’ all.”
[Ben leans in to kiss Mia, but she pulls away from him.]
Mia: “Don’t.”
Ben: “It’s not a problem.”
Mia: “It’s just… I’m not like other women.”
[Ben laughs.]
Ben: “I know. That’s why I like you.”

Eddie: “Thought you didn’t wanna shit on your doorstep.”
Mia: “I didn’t. I shat on his.”

Eddie: “You’re not their mother, Mia, and you never will be.”
Mia: “I know that, but I’m all they’ve got.”
Eddie: “I told you right from the start, water and milk don’t mix.”
Mia: “Yeah, and blood is thicker than bullets.”

Ben: “You should be in hospital, Mia.”
Mia: “I’ve broken more bones and spilt more blood than this before.”

[Mia is trying to break up with Ben.]
Ben: “Is that it, then? No. No, fuck that.”
[Ben tries to kiss Mia again, but again she pulls away.]
Ben: “What is it, Mia?”
Mia: “I’m a transsexual.”
Ben: [laughing] “The fuck?!”
Mia: “Male to female. Pre-op.”
[Ben realizes Mia is being serious. He stands up, visibly upset.]
Ben: “What, you, you were a…? No, no no no. Look, I don’t understand, because you look like a…”
Mia: “A woman? It’s because I am.”
Ben: “Yeah, but… I don’t… I don’t get it, you’ve… You’ve got a cock?”
[Mia gives Ben a look; Ben leaves.]

Mia: “You know how it works, Eddie. If I don’t kill them, they’ll kill you.”
Eddie: “Did they ID you in hospital?”
Mia: “I don’t exist, remember?”
Eddie: “And what about lover boy?”
Mia: “What about him?”
Eddie: “How much does he know?”
Mia: “He knows fuck all. It’s got nothing to do with you anyway.”
Eddie: “Everything’s got something to do with me.”

[Riley holds up Mia’s revolver.]
Riley: “Why’ve you got this?”
Mia: “I was raped. A long time ago. I’ve had the gun ever since.”
Riley: “Oh my God, Mia, I’m so sorry.”
Mia: “Don’t apologise. You didn’t do it.”
Riley: “What happened?”
Mia: “Not long after I started dressing as a girl, I met this guy in a nightclub. I went back to his place, and when he realized what I was, he went crazy. Beat me up, tore off my clothes and then he raped me.”
Riley: “What did you do?”
[Mia pauses and looks thoughtful.]
Mia: “Nothing.”

Mia: “And don’t worry about the house. It’s all sorted.”
Riley: “Where’d you get the money from?”
Mia: “I’ve been saving up… for my operation.”
Riley: [crying] “Mia, I don’t know what to say.”
Mia: “You don’t have to say anything. You’re worth it. Y’all are.”

Mia: “Sometimes when we see someone we love suffering, we do what we can to end that suffering. We love them so much we can’t bear to see them in pain. If love could’ve saved your mum, she’d still be here.”

From episode 1.04 “Episode Four”:

Riley: “I’m pregnant. I’m gonna get it sorted, though. I’m getting an abortion.”
Mia: “You can’t.”
Riley: “Why not?”
Mia: “You just can’t.”
Riley: “What? I’m sixteen years old and it feels like I’ve already got three kids.”
Mia: “I can help you. We can both me mums together.”

Mia: “We’re going for some fish & chips, John. Care to join us?”

Mia: “What’s wrong with you?”
Ben: “Nothing.”
Mia: “There obviously is.”
Ben: “I saw you before. I saw that look in your eye, you… You would’ve let them kill him!”
Mia: “What was I supposed to do? I’ve gotta protect them, they’re my… They’re just children.”
Ben: “I know that, Mia. It’s just, um…”
Mia: “What?”
Ben: “Well, it’s not very ladylike, is it?”
Mia: “What are you getting at, Ben?”
Ben: “Well, maybe there’s… Maybe there’s still some man inside of you.”
Mia: “You fucking what?!”
Ben: “Look, Mia, alright? I am not gay.”
Mia: “And I’m not a fucking man!”

From episode 1.05 “Episode Five”:

Mia: “Help me get him out of here.”
Riley: “What? No, we have to go to the police.”
Mia: “Fuck the police!”

Mia: “I’ve got a situation.”

Levi: “Where’s Riley?”
Mia: “She’s in bed. Which is where I’m going.”

Ben: “Well, why didn’t you tell me?”
Mia: “I was worried that if you knew I was a dad, how could you ever see me as a woman?”

Riley: “Why aren’t you freaking out?”
Mia: “When you’re going through hell, you just gotta keep going.”

Mia: “Ryan, get my recipe book out.”
Ryan: “Yay! Takeaway!”

Levi: “Ax is blunt as fuck.”
Mia: “‘Bout time we got a new one anyway.”

Mia: “It’s not gonna be easy, but it is gonna be okay.”

Mia: “What the fuck?”
Eddie: “What? He’s been running a few errands for me. He’s a good boy, I like him.”
Mia: “Well, he won’t be doing that anymore.”
Eddie: “That’s not your decision to make.”
Mia: “Yes, it fucking is!”
Eddie: “Don’t talk to me like that, Mia. Don’t you fucking dare.”

Ben: “So what do you do for Eddie again?”
Mia: “I’m his bookkeeper.”

Eddie: “Both jobs need to be done on the same day.”
Mia: “I can do this.”
Eddie: “I know you can. If only there were two of you, eh?”
Mia: “If only.”
Eddie: “This job’s really important, Mia.”
Mia: “I know. I know.”

Mia: [to Ben] “Fuck me.”

From episode 1.06 “Episode Six”:

Mia: “Mum, it’s me. It’s Ryan.”
Claire: “Ryan’s gone.”
Mia: “It’s me, mum. It’s Ryan.”

Philip: “Ryan.”
Mia: “It’s Mia now.”
Philip: “Dad was right. You are a freak.”
Mia: “And you’re a cunt, just like he was.”
Philip: “Get out, you little freak.”
Mia: “I’ve come to see mum.”
Philip: “And I said get out!”

[Philip holds Mia by her hair.]
Philip: “Say that you’re a real boy. A real boy, you know what it is. Say it. Say that you’re a real boy. If you don’t, I’ll fucking scalp you, I… I swear to God. Say it. Say it.”
Mia: “I’m a real boy. I’m a real boy.”
[Philip starts to cut Mia’s hair.]
Philip: “There’s a good boy. There’s a good boy.”
[Mia cries.]

Ben: “Mia? What’s happened? Mia, are you OK?”
Mia: “What are you doing here, Ben?”
Ben: “Mia, please listen. Please. I were pissed and I were… I were confused about us. But… it’s made me realise how much I like you. And how much I want you.”
Mia: “So you’re not confused anymore? It’s all OK, is it? You’re OK with me, with what I am?”
[Ben is silent. Mia shakes her head.]
Mia: “Was she good, by the way?”
Ben: “Mia, don’t…”
Mia: “Just get out, Ben.”
[Ben leaves.]
Ryan: “Are you coming back? Please come home, dad.”

Mia: “Why are you still working for Eddie when I asked you not to?”
Levi: “It’s got nothing to do with you.”
Mia: “It’s got everything to do with me.”
Levi: “So are you gonna tell us what happened? Where have you been?”
Mia: “I found out family’s got fuck all to do with blood.”

[Mia holds Philip at gun-point.]
Mia: “You know why you love yourself so much, Philip? Coz you haven’t got the capacity to love anyone else. You’re not human. You’re a fucking animal. A heartless coward fuck. [turning to Claire] Do you want to come with me, mum?”
Claire: “You’re an animal, Ryan. You’re just like your father was.”
Mia: “Do you know why he’s like that, mum, why I’m like this? Because you let it happen. And you were right the first time. Ryan’s gone.”
Claire: “I’m sorry, Mia.”
Mia: “Let’s go.”

Mia: “Just off to work. See you all later.”

Ben: “What are you packing for?”
Mia: “We’re leaving.”
Ben: “Mia, please, don’t go. We can sort this out.”
Mia: “Don’t flatter yourself, Ben. I’m not going because of you.”
Ben: “I love you.”
[Mia turns around and sees the blood on Ben’s lower lip.]
Mia: “What happened?”
Ben: “Ryan, he, uh… he hit me. He said I’d best not upset you. Mia, I am so sorry for what I did.”
Mia: “It’s not about that, Ben. This can’t work, can it?”
[Ben and Mia kiss.]
Ben: “I don’t care.”

[Mia goes outside for a smoke. Eddie appears pointing a gun.]
Eddie: “I’m sorry, Mia, but if I don’t kill you…”
Mia: “… They’ll kill you.”
[Ryan appears, holding a shotgun.]


Said of Hit & Miss

Select quotations regarding the show from Chloë Sevigny and her co-workers:

On how she prepared for the role of Mia:
“We had a lot of mettings about movement and I tried to slim down. I tried to lose a lot of weight because I thought it would make me look more masculine if I were gaunt. I had to do a lot of nudity as well, so I figured if I were less curvy, that would help. I was working out a lot because my character does a lot of physical stuff as an assassin. When I got to Manchester, where we were filming, I had rehearsals with the director and the writer. I wanted to play the role with this exaggerated feminine behavior that a lot of transgender male-to-females have. It’s like a learned femininity. It’s very girly. But they didn’t want that. I thought, Well, how are you going to know? How can we remind the audience who I am? So on the show there are a lot of quick glimpses of me naked, wearing a prosthetic penis, which was horrifying. But I tried to get some of my own ideas in there. We did all of these different walks. I literally spent hours just sitting and moving my hands and walking to prepare.”
Interview interview, February 2012

The infamous quote on filming in Manchester:
“It was very hard being in Manchester. […] It was one of the grimmest places I’d ever been in my entire life, and I was there for so long. I hardly had any visitors. I was so alone.”
Interview interview, February 2012

Describing Mia:
“Well, my character is mostly still a man beause she’s pre-op. But I concentrated on what makes someone an angry person or an evil person. She’s a killer. She kills for money, so she’s crossed over into that realm of a bad person. She’s a sociopath. She kills and harms and brings violence into the home without remorse — without batting an eye. […] She is [a hired assassin]. But she has a family. She’s looking after a bunch of children, so she has the kids in the car, pops out, strangles a guy, and then comes back to the car and says, ‘You guys wanna go get some fish-and-chips?’ [laughs] It’s very businesslike, very cold. I talked with the directors about her growing up in violence. She’s self-abusive. She hits herself… She’s one of those. I think she finds comfort in it because she was beaten as a child. […] the woman who my character had a child with had other children. So [Mia] inherits this whole family. My character has all of these maternal and paternal feelings for her child. It really changes things. She’s been very cut off from the world, isolating herself in this apartment, so she begins to open up.”
Interview interview, February 2012

On the criticism she received from the LGBT community for referring to Mia as a “tranny”:
“I got reamed out by The Advocate the other day for saying ‘tranny.’ I guess I referred to her as a ‘tranny’ a couple of times and apparently, that’s a no-no in the community. I felt really bad! Nobody had ever told me. Did you know that?”
The Huffington Post interview, April 2012

On her fears as a non-trans actor cast in a trans role:
“I was worried people would be angry that they didn’t cast a real person who was transitioning. […] 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.”
Out interview, August 2012

On the prosthetic penis she had to wear for the role:
“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 youre 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.”
TVGuide.com interview, July 2012

On the show’s violence:
“It was hard, especially the gun stuff. I hate handguns — they make me really nervous — and I had to learn to shoot it without flinching and jumping. I wanted it to look convincing! And there’s one scene where I kill someone by putting a bag over his head. He had to struggle underneath it, and afterward I felt a bit sick to my stomach.”
TVGuide.com interview, July 2012

On the prosthetic penis she had to wear for the role:
“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. […] 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. 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.”
Out interview, August 2012

On the prosthetic penis she had to wear for the role:
“I cried every day when they put [on the prosthetic penis]. You know, I’m ample-chested and I have this on. I felt very exposed, and it was hard, very hard, having people so close to your personal parts anyway — who you’re not sleeping with — for an hour and a half each day, to put it on. Then looking in the mirror… it was weird. I was lonely and I felt really unattractive. I was confused about my desirability — was I desirable? — in having that put on, and having men see me with that on.”
The Sunday Times interview, May 2012

On the prosthetic penis she had to wear for the role:
“It was horrifying, I cried every time they put it on me. I’ve always been very comfortable being a girl, so it was hard to wrap my head around the fact that someone could feel so uncomfortable in their own skin.”
The Daily Telegraph interview, May 2012

On the Manchester-controversy:
“I think I was quoted as saying it’s grim up north. But I don’t think I’m the first person to ever say that. I mean the UK is really beautiful. The landscapes up there were gorgeous. But it was just hard for me because I was working on this very intense subject matter, the biggest part I’ve ever played. I was the lead for the first time. I was single so I didn’t have a boyfriend to call and complain or talk about things. I wasn’t having sex. I wasn’t eating any carbohydrates. I was practically starving myself to remain skinny and my frame of mind was just topsy turvy, so I think it wasn’t so much the town. There are definitely worse towns I’ve shot in. Like Shreveport, Indiana.”
The Sunday Herald interview, May 2012

On the criticism she received from the LGBT community for referring to Mia as a “tranny”:
“Am I not supposed to say tranny?” Sevigny is honestly aghast. “What am I supposed to say? I don’t even know. I don’t know the proper rule, what people prefer. I apologize if I offended anyone. I would never use that word in a derogatory manner. Do you know what I mean? I have nothing but respect and admiration for anybody who decides to undergo that transformation. I guess within the gay community people tease each other all the time and call each other girl and tranny girl and this and that — I guess you just hear it around and think maybe if you’re within it you can use it and it’s not [a slur].”
Advocate.com interview, July 2012

On how she approached the character of Mia:
“[Initially I wanted to play Mia with more] exaggerated unfeminine moves… because [femininity] is so learned and I wanted her to be sort of more masculine. But the creators and the show runners had an entirely different idea. And as an actor you kind of have to adhere to them unless you want to be extremely difficult, which I try not to be. And I trusted the writer and the filmmaker implicitly and they really had a certain idea of how they wanted it to be. […] I didn’t want to focus on how other people had done it before. I was just trying to do it how I could do it best. And then it wasn’t really about her being a trans person; there’s so much more to the character. […] there’s a lot more to it for me than just her being transgender. Of course, that’s a heavy theme and obviously one of the biggest things she’s going through in her life, but there’s just so much more that makes up a person, makes them so much more complicated.”
Advocate.com interview, July 2012

Writer Sean Conway on casting Chloë as Mia:
“I don’t think anyone else could have played the part. […] She’s hypnotizing and perfectly balances the tender with the brutal. I could watch her forever.”
Out article, August 2012

Producer Nicola Shindler on why a trans actor was not cast for the role of Mia:
“In the end we wanted the best actor.”
The Guardian article, May 2012


Hit & Miss Series Trivia

Hit & Miss was shot entirely in Manchester, UK over the course of six months. Filming began at the end of June 2011.

• Chloë Sevigny landed the role of Mia through her agents, who asked her to take a look at the script. “They said, ‘It’s really wild. We just think you should read it.’ So I did, and I was like, ‘This is insane. I have to do it.'”

• To prepare for the role of Mia, Chloë dyed her hair black and went on a diet-and-exercise routine to improve on her physique. She also read books on transitioning and interviewed real transgender women about their experiences. “I also sat down with some M to F girls and they were very open with me, very generous. […] I asked about sex, and how you would manage if you wanted to seduce a boy. Also, Mia comes from a travelling community, she grew up in the fairgrounds, so I researched that — including watching My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.” She also had to learn an Irish accent for the role and wore a prosthetic penis for a number of intense, if brief, nude scenes.

• Prior to the UK premiere on Sky Atlantic, Chloë Sevigny’s role and involvement in the series was plagued by several media controversies:

Chloë first upset Manchester locals and local media when she referred to the city as “the grimmest place I’ve ever been in my entire life” in an interview in the February 2012 issue of Interview magazine. Some further comments in a similar vein in other publications added fuel to the fire and produced many seething articles and blogs about her on the subject, even giving rise to the Twitter hashtag #ChloeWho which trended for a while in spring 2012. The public outrage ultimately prompted Chloë to give out new interviews to explain herself and to apologize for the insensitiveness of her remarks, but she remains the subject of bitterness and ridicule among many Mancunians still today.

Soon after, Chloë angered the LGBT community when she described her character Mia, a pre-op male-to-female transsexual, as a “tranny” in interviews intended to promote the show. Chloë later apologized for using the word, saying she neither meant it as a pejorative nor was aware of the derogatory nature of the word. However, some fans, particularly in the trans community, felt her insensitivity towards trans issues extended beyond the “tranny” controversy, to the way Chloë discussed her character and filming experience more generally — to the way she described e.g. having felt “confused” and “unattractive” wearing the prosthetic penis required for the role. Some also expressed dismay at the fact that a trans actor was not cast in a trans role.

• Mia’s full name is Mia Langan. The name appears briefly on a paper in Episode Two. Coincidentally(?), the anagram of “Mia” is “aim.”

• Mia’s accent in the series is southern Irish.

• Although both Chloë Sevigny and writer Sean Conway hinted at the possibility of a second series in several interviews in the spring and summer of 2012, Sky Atlantic did not renew the show, stating in September 2012 that it “was always intended as a mini-series, and as such, there are no plans for it to return.” The news came as both a surprise and a blow to a lot of fans who were hoping for a resolution to the series’ cliffhanger finale and who had expected the show’s good ratings and rave reviews to carry it through. In fact, a 2012 TV Guide interview with Chloë Sevigny revealed that all the actors (except Chloë herself) were signed for two series, suggesting that a second series was being seriously considered at Sky Atlantic despite their claims to the contrary. As things stand today, however, the series is unlikely to return.


Critical Reception

Hit & Miss premiered in 2012 to top reviews both in the UK and the US and was a ratings hit for the British TV network Sky Atlantic. Chloë Sevigny, as the star of the show, was particularly lauded for her bold and nuanced portrayal of Mia, as were the show’s breathtaking visuals and set design (though not everyone was convinced by Chloë’s irregular accent). Although some critics initially expressed doubt at the series’ ambitious, unlikely premise, the execution won over most, and the young actors portraying Mia and Wendy’s children were also praised for their respective performances.

Rating: Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10 with c. 3,700 user votes counted
Rating: MetaCritic: 72/100 metascore, “Generally favorable reviews”
Rating: Rotten Tomatoes: No rating

Excerpts from professional reviews:

“The series stands or falls on how convincing Sevigny is as both a transsexual and a contract killer, and I was sold on both. Also, the back story makes her Northern Irish, asking the actress to work in one of the British Isles most notoriously difficult accents. Again, she nails it. Sevigny’s brogue may stray across the border on occasion, but never distracts from a powerful and compelling performance.”
The Stage

“Chloe Sevigny is utterly brilliant as Mia, a professional assassin saving up to finish her gender reassignment. She fills the role with such economy, you’d think it was easy to play a magnetic sociopath with a lifetime of hurt and confusion behind her eyes. I haven’t tried it but I’m sure it’s not.”
– Vince Raison, More TV Vicar?

“Sevigny, who here resembles Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker, uses her body to convey someone not at ease with herself — she’s clearly in transition, physically and emotionally. Being around the kids forces her to step outside her comfort zone and re-consider re-entry into society, and the actress has never been more sympathetic or interesting onscreen.”
– Mark A. Perigard, The Boston Herald

“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.”
– Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon.com

“Sevigny is mesmerising as Mia, and does a good job with a mild ‘Irish traveller’ accent (although opinions always vary when it comes to how well foreign actors cope with British dialects). All I know is this: I wasn’t reminded of Sevigny’s American heritage at any point, and her understated performance was one to savour.”
– Dan Owen, Dan’s Media Digest

Awards & Nominations

Hit & Miss has received 2 awards and 6 award nominations.

Won:

• Royal Television Society North West Award (2012): Best Performance in a Single Drama or Drama Series (Chloë Sevigny)
• Royal Television Society North West Award (2012): Best Production (Craft)

Nominated:

• BAFTA TV Award (2013): Best Director: Fiction (Hettie Macdonald)
• Broadcast Award (2013): Best Original Programme
• GLAAD Media Award (2013): Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series
• Royal Television Society North West Award (2012): Best Script Writer (Sean Conway)
• Royal Television Society North West Award (2012): Best Single Drama or Drama Series
• Satellite Award (2012): Best Actress in a Series, Drama (Chloë Sevigny)

Chloë Sevigny Online

Please note that the opinions expressed below are all 100% our own, not those of Chloë Sevigny or anyone affiliated with either her or the rest of the cast or crew.

I’m not sure what I really expected when Chloë Sevigny’s involvement in this was announced, but the final product certainly took me for a ride I haven’t been on before or since. Every episode of Hit & Miss is packed with twists and turns and hard-hitting acting performances, and the whole show has a grit, authenticity and sense of quality about it which (e.g.) U.S. TV is seldom able to match. The subject is provocative to say the least, but its vision is just as uncompromising, and series creator Conway lets no one off easy. Bold, sometimes even shocking, but satisfying, and most importantly, thoroughly entertaining.

The real strength of the show, however, lies in its pairing of actors with characters. Karla Crome, in particular, is simply a revelation in this extremely demanding, even disturbing role, and in fact all the young actors do remarkably well in their respective roles. Jonas Armstrong is also very charming as Ben, and Vincent Regan’s John is just as unlikable as Armstrong’s Ben is not — as he’s meant to be.

It’s Chloë Sevigny, however, who is the star of the show. Her Mia goes through every possible emotion in her six-episode arc, and as Mia shoots, cries, laughs, punches, screams, doubts and dances her way through Manchester, all with an Irish accent, the demands of her character soon become evident. Yet Chloë masterfully inhabits all these states of being. The discomfort and doubts about herself Chloë described having felt during the shoot do show, imo, but are actually woven in quite cleverly with her character — Mia is tired; she is lonely; she does feel insecure about her femininity. Maybe Chloë could’ve treated these problems of Mia’s character with more discretion as she discussed them with the media, but her experience as she described it does fit the character — not the least when Mia e.g. stands naked in front of a mirror, crying while she repeatedly punches herself in the groin. It’s all very daring, controversial and far from politically correct, but then that describes just about everything about this show. Just like Chloë’s comments in the media, the show is not altogether delicate in the way it deals with Mia’s gender issues, but it certainly raises discussion, which at least for me is just as important. -Admin

Our rating of the show: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Our rating of Chloë’s performance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Hit & Miss Online

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Hit & Miss official site
Hit & Miss on IMDb.com
Hit & Miss on MetaCritic.com
Hit & Miss on RottenTomatoes.com
Hit & Miss on Wikipedia.org

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