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Overview (3)

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameChloë Stevens Sevigny
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Chloë Sevigny is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress and director who is known for her groundbreaking work across film, television and theatre. Sevigny has spent her career working with innovative and revolutionary filmmakers and artists including Lars von Trier, Jim Jarmusch, Mary Harron, David Fincher and Whit Stillman and Luca Guadagnino. She continues that work with several upcoming projects: Sevigny can be currently seen in We Are Who We Are, for HBO/Sky, which was created, written and directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name). The eight-episode drama is a coming of age story about a group of American soldiers on an Army base in Italy. We Are Who We Are is being produced by Wildside and Apartment Pictures and distributed by Freemantle. Alice Braga, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Kid Cudi also star. In 2021 Sevigny will begin production on the second season of the Natasha Lyonne hit Russian Doll for Netflix. In the first season, Chloë made an appearance as Leonora, mother to Natasha's character Nadia. The second season will be an origin story in which Chloë's character is heavily featured. Russian Doll was created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland. Sevigny was last seen on the big screen in Queen and Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe, with the original idea by James Frey. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith. The film is about a black man and black woman on a first date that goes awry after the two are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop. They kill the police officer in self-defense and go on the run, rather than turn themselves in. Chloë's character plays a pivotal role in deciding their fate. The film was released in the US by Universal in November 2019. Opening the 2019 Cannes Film Festival was Jim Jarmusch's third film for Focus Features and Universal Pictures International, The Dead Don't Die. The zombie-comedy boasts a cast including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi and Selena Gomez. Sevigny plays a small-town police officer, with Murray and Driver, in a town under zombie attack. Carter Logan and Animal Kingdom produced. Sevigny previously worked with Jarmusch on Broken Flowers and Ten Minutes Older Sevigny has now made the move into directing with three critically acclaimed short films: Her most recent, White Echo, premiered in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, at which Sevigny was the only American female director in Competition. Chloë's directorial debut, Kitty, also debuted at Cannes in 2016 and her second short entitled Carmen, proved equally successful at the 2017 Venice Film Festival. Recent past projects include: The Act, on Hulu, a true-crime anthology series written by Michelle Dean and Nick Antosca and directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (Mustang). The Act tells the true story of Gypsy Blanchard, a girl (Joey King) trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother, played by Patricia Arquette. Chloë played Mel, who serves as the moral compass of the story. Lizzie, which premiered at Sundance 2018 after being developed and produced by Sevigny. The film, in which she starred with Kristen Stewart, was released by Roadside Attractions in September 2018. Lean On Pete, directed by Andrew Haigh, which was released domestically in May 2018 by A24. Sevigny co-starred with Steve Buscemi in a coming of age story starring Charlie Plummer, based on the acclaimed novel by Willy Vlautin. Golden Exits, directed by Alex Ross Perry, Oren Moverman's The Dinner, and Miguel Arteta's Beatriz at Dinner. The critically acclaimed television series Bloodline is recently aired its third and final season on Netflix. On stage, Sevigny was most recently seen in the New Group's Downtown Race Riot written by Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed by Scott Elliot. Sevigny was previously seen in The New Group's productions of What the Butler Saw and Hazelwood Junior High. Sevigny has also appeared in many celebrated indie and cult-favorite films like, The Last Days of Disco, American Psycho, Gummo, Dogville, Party Monster, Broken Flowers and Love & Friendship, and has appeared in television hits such as American Horror Story, Portlandia and Big Love, for which she won a Golden Globe. Sevigny made her film debut in the controversial Kids, directed by Larry Clark and written by Harmony Korine. For her performance in Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry, Chloë received nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe among many others. She makes her home in New York. 10/2020

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Amanda Horton

Trivia (36)

Born to H. David Sevigny, an accountant turned interior painter, and Janine (Malinowski). Raised in Darien, Connecticut. Her father was of half French-Canadian and half Scottish/English descent, and her mother's heritage is Polish.
Moved into an apartment in Brooklyn at age 18.
Her father died from cancer in 1996.
Was an intern for Sassy magazine in 1993.
Her older brother, Paul Sevigny, is a well-known New York DJ.
Was romantically involved with writer/director Harmony Korine during their late teens and early adult years.
Worked as a model for H & M.
Became a spokesperson for the MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam campaign (February 2004).
During her senior year of high school, she shaved her head.
In both Kids (1995) and 3 Needles (2005), Chloë's main character is involved with the HIV/AIDS epidemic awareness.
Owned a co-op apartment on East 10th St in East Village, Manhattan which she sold in 2014. She now lives in Park Slope.
While in high school, she sometimes worked as a babysitter for Topher Grace.
She appeared on the cover of the album of Gigolo Aunts' 1994 recording "Flippin' Out".
The money she made from Kids (1995) was spent on a vacation to Europe.
Turned down a $500,000 supporting role in Legally Blonde (2001).
Is a descendant of French aristocrat Marquis de Sévigné.
Auditioned for the role of KW in Where the Wild Things Are (2009).
One of her favorite films is Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975).
Is a fan of musician Morrissey and his former band, The Smiths; she attended a concert of his in fall 2007 dressed as Joan of Arc, who is featured in the lyrics of one of his songs.
Designed several men's, women's, and unisex clothing lines with Manhattan's Opening Ceremony boutique (2008-2009).
Often sewed and made her own clothes while in high school.
Was offered a small part in I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) but turned it down.
Underwent dental surgery in December 2003 after falling in a pair of high-heeled boots and breaking four of her teeth.
On the cover of Gigolo Aunts' Ep "Full in Bloom", 1993.
Swept tennis courts of a country club in her home town while growing up for extra money.
Often took a train into New York City during the weekends to attend rave parties and hang out with Manhattan skateboarders. Sevigny would say to her parents she was staying in Greewich Village with friends, but would actually attend all-night raves and sleep in park-lands when they finished. It was there in New York City that a 19-year-old Sevigny met Harmony Korine and Larry Clark, who later cast her in Kids (1995).
Friendly with tattoo artist Scott Campbell.
Is a fan of Terrence Malick. She has cited Badlands (1973) as one of her favorite films.
One of her favorite films is The Night of the Hunter (1955).
Currently filming Peter and Catherine (2009) in Poland, Germany and Russia. [November 2006]
Some of her favorite actresses are Sissy Spacek, Shelley Duvall and Linda Manz, who she starred alongside in Gummo (1997). Manz gave Sevigny the 'Elvis' jacket she wore in her 1980 film Out of the Blue (1980).
Received her first screen kiss from Steve Buscemi in Trees Lounge (1996).
Longtime friend of Natasha Lyonne.
One of her favorite actors is Sean Penn.
Mother, with boyfriend Sinisa Mackovic, of son Vanja Sevigny Mackovic (b. May 2, 2020).
She has appeared in one film that has been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Boys Don't Cry (1999).

Personal Quotes (27)

I am most proud of my integrity and least proud of my cynicism.
I've always made films that are sort of avant-garde-y or whatever you call it.
I knew people would not understand it. It's a shame people write so many things when they haven't seen it. When you see the film, it makes more sense. It's an art film. It should be playing in museums. It's like an Andy Warhol movie. [on the oral sex scene in The Brown Bunny (2003)]
You hear about these actresses who avoid going to fashion shows lest they not be taken seriously. I don't like going because it's such a circus. It's always anticlimactic. But I'm not ashamed to admit it: Fashion is superficial, but I love it.
I had a great family life - I would never want it to look as if it reflected on them. I think I was very bored, and I did just love taking hallucinogens. But I often feel it's because I experimented when I was younger that I have no interest as an adult. I know a lot of adults who didn't, and it's much more dangerous when you start experimenting as an adult. [on drug experimentation as a teenager]
I think it's sexy to be a little bit mysterious.
I don't want to be a movie star or be famous; I just want to do a few good movies and maybe move some people.
[on being cast in Kids (1995)] Harmony [Korine] just thought I was this sweet, cute girl and he liked my blonde hair.
I'm ambitious, but I'm not ambitious enough to move to Los Angeles.
I had an agent once who said that in an audition you have to make the women want to be you and the men want to fuck you. I said, I'm sorry, I can't just go into a room and, like, try to achieve that. That's not my motivation in life.
I've never felt like I had very much to say. Maybe that'll come later in life.
I hate going to fashion shows. I find them boring.
As of late [2011], I am more of a homebody. I like having people over. You can smoke in the apartment. I'm just not into going out so much. The crowd is getting younger and younger.
[on her ambitions to act] I mean I'd gone to like summer theatre camp every year growing up and I had always aspired to be an actress. I was actually in some commercials when I was a kid. And then my mother pulled because she thought the world was a little too twisted and she wanted me to be a kid more. And so they hired a professional actress, Mia Kirshner and then two days before shooting they fired her and hired me, so that's someone else's misfortune.
[on Jennifer Lopez] I love her in the ghetto sense.
I was having a very difficult time in school. I was miserable. I was dissatisfied with the town we lived in.
It's not what you spend but how you wear it that counts. The key is often to dress up inexpensive basics with accessories. Something like a beautiful designer bag or belt can make everything else look richer and more luxurious.
When I was younger, I was really anti-Hollywood. Now I'm more accepting of it because I'm less of a snob.
In Hollywood, you can't say anything bad about anybody or everyone is going to attack you. It's like you always have to put on a happy face, be the phony baloney, and I'm so not that. I never was that; I'll never be that. That is part of the business that I don't like.
My first job was in sixth grade, sweeping the clay tennis courts at the yacht club near my house, which I was not a member of. Always had to pay my own rent. But I don't really have any concept of how money works. I don't know how much things cost. Like a BMW. Or a quart of milk. It's embarrassing.
I think it's just a lot more pressure to make the scenes work when you're doing a film, because when you're doing a series you feel like, I have so many scenes, so many episodes, so if I don't get it exactly right this time, I have another scene later. You feel less pressure.
I was very troubled, yes. Me and my brother both - we were troubled and troublemakers.
I used to be more suspicious, paranoid. I worried that I wasn't smart enough or pretty enough or talented enough. Everywhere I went, I'd wonder, what are people thinking about me? What are they saying? I couldn't go to a Friday night movie for fear people would heckle me! But after 30, you just stop worrying so much. You start caring about things that are more important.
It seemed like everyone had BMWs and Jeeps and nice cars and a lot of money, and I just thought it was really obnoxious. Maybe I wasn't fair. But I didn't want to get involved with all that. It was way more material. Everyone was like way overachievers into athletics and wanted to go to Ivy League schools. I didn't do any extracurricular activities in high school. I guess I skated a bit. My brother had been a skater. We had two ramps in our backyard. I'd sit by the ramps and watch his friends skate. That's when my infatuation with skaters began. I wasn't very good at ramps, so I used to skate freestyle.
[on the Me Too movement] I've had experiences that are kind of common, verbal experiences, or innuendos. But I didn't feel they offended me to such a degree that I wanted to name the names. I think they're commonly known as assholes anyway.
For someone to say 'What are you doing after?' during a casting session is not so unheard of. Yeah, it shouldn't be done and lots of girls might feel vulnerable and not know what to do in that situation. For me it was like: really?
I come off cold or unapproachable, when in fact I'm just insecure.

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