Chloe Sevigny covers OUT Magazine promoting her role in a British television show in which she plays a transgender woman, who was born a man, raising the son she learned she fathered pre-op whose mother has since passed away.
Also in the interview, Sevigny talks about the laboured prosthetic process, not being pretentious, but also not having the star power of younger ingenues.
On her show, Hit & Miss, where she plays a transsexual hitman: “Who doesn’t love a challenge? My manager called me and said, ‘I got some scripts today, and they’re f**king crazy. I’ve never read anything like them, and I kinda think you’re going to be into it,’ A little way into reading the first script, I knew I was in.”
On doing the role justice: “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.”
On the backlash for her using the word ‘tranny’: “I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to use that word. There are all these tenses too. Look, it’s a complex process to go through, and it’s a complex thing to talk about. I’m still not even sure if I’m doing it right, and I really don’t want to offend anyone. I’m just so sensitive these days. I’ve gotten in so much trouble. I’ve gotten emails from the GLAAD people.”
On wearing a prosthetic for the show: “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 f**ing penis.”
On whether she’s a gay icon: Sevigny rolls her eyes. “What does being a gay icon even mean?” she challenges.
On performing real sex acts for Brown Bunny: “People expect me to say I regret Brown Bunny, but I won’t.”
On her status in Hollywood: “Hollywood does not know what to do with me. They do not like me. That’s why I end up in these seemingly difficult movies. That’s what is offered to me, and I need to make a living.”
On her personal life: She says she prefers to stay at home and invite friends over, avoiding the bar scene. “I’m 37. What am I going to do [at a fashion show]? Meet a husband? Not gonna happen; they’re all 25.”
On procuring samples to wear for red carpets: 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 f**king dress from Valentino?”
On comedian Drew Droege, of Good evening America, I’m Chloe Sevigny: “At first I thought, Oh, they’re funny. They’re not even really me, they’re these weird art pieces. But I’ve turned a little. I’m slightly offended because he’s calling me pretentious, and I’m not.” – via OUT Magazine.