Stars of Sundance: Chloë Sevigny

Stars of Sundance: Chloë Sevigny


Stars of Sundance: Chloë Sevigny

Back In January, V Caught Up With All Of The Stars Of This Year's Sundance Film Festival For Our Fashion & Film Issue. Below, Style Icon And Overall Cool Girl Chloë Sevigny, Stopped By To Promote Her New Film Love & Friendship

Back In January, V Caught Up With All Of The Stars Of This Year's Sundance Film Festival For Our Fashion & Film Issue. Below, Style Icon And Overall Cool Girl Chloë Sevigny, Stopped By To Promote Her New Film Love & Friendship

Photography: Charlie Engman

Styling: Emma Wyman

Text: Patrik Sandberg

“I’ve only been to Sundance once before,” Chloë Sevigny admits. It’s a surprise, considering the actress’s prolific output in the realm of indie cinema. “It was 2003, for Party Monster, and I went with Natasha [Lyonne]. It was this big turning point with the gifting lounges and Paris Hilton. I don’t know if I was too young or not self-aware, but it felt like it was a lot of partying. This year it felt like everybody was there for the movies.”

It’s a year that brings Sevigny back to the festival with her good friend Lyonne, thanks to their horror film Antibirth, which premiered at the festival’s Midnight section. Directed by Danny Perez, who is known for his work with Animal Collective and I.U.D., it’s a startlingly surreal feature debut. “It’s a wild, wild movie. It’s like early Cronenberg meets David Lynch—a classic midnight movie,” Sevigny says. “It was a fun project that people got involved in to help out our buddy, who we have a real belief in.”

Sevigny also reunited with friends Whit Stillman and Kate Beckinsale, both of whom she worked with on the 1998 film The Last Days of Disco. Now they’re inhabiting Jane Austen’s 18th-century England in the short story adaptation, Love & Friendship. “My first true period,” she deadpans. “I started my Instagram account when I was on set in Ireland and one of my first posts was in my wardrobe with the hashtag #myfirstperiod. It’s part of the reason I got into acting. I remember seeing Annie when I was in kindergarten and of course Little House on the Prairie was a huge influence on me. I always wanted to live in a different time. I think people think of me as being so contemporary, so it’s nice to be thought of in different ways.” In the film, Sevigny plays Alicia, the best friend of the devilishly manipulative Lady Susan, a financially strapped widow conniving to find rich husbands for herself and her daughter.

“It’s so catty and so funny,” Sevigny says of the story. It is an atypical Austenian romance, perhaps more Whit than Jane, but “it was a lot of fake hair.” Though she learned the role with an English accent, in the end Stillman decided to make her character American for U.S. audiences’ sake. “I was like, ‘Everyone is going to think I can’t do the accent! We can’t do that,’ and he was like, ‘No, I’ll include all these fun jokes. I’ll write a joke about how you might have to return to Connecticut.’” The joke lands (Sevigny hails from Darien, CT). “Alicia likes the socialite life that she has in London, and Connecticut was very provincial at the time. She’s dreading going back in the same way I would have, in my 20s, if someone threatened to send me back there.”

At press time, Sevigny is traveling to Norway to film a crime drama with Michael Fassbender called The Snowman, directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In). “I’m playing twins,” she divulges with glee. It’s the latest in a crush of darker work Sevigny has had over the past few years, notably in TV: American Horror Story, Bloodline, and Those Who Kill. When asked about her relentless work ethic, Sevigny laughs. “Nobody else is paying those bills. I just landed a part in the Oren Moverman movie playing Richard Gere’s first wife. Hopefully, I’m going to be doing this movie with Salma Hayek that Mike White wrote. I feel like I’m making a return to film and that’s what I’m trying to focus on. I’m excited to get back and do stuff that I grew up doing, that I love. Hopefully, once I pay my dues, I can find a juicier part in a movie, like the ones I had in Boys Don’t Cry or Kids. I’ve only really had two meaty roles in movies and I want to find more. I’m just trying to work!”

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