Despite lacking any outward pretense of wanting to become an actress, Chloë Sevigny generated considerable buzz in her adopted home of New York City even before the independent film world showcased he...
Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
|Mrs. Harris||Actor||Lynne Tryforos||7|
|If These Walls Could Talk 2||Actor||Amy||7|
|American Horror Story||2014 2010 - 2014||Actor||Shelly the Nymphomaniac||20147|
|Will & Grace||2005 1997 - 2005||Actor||Monet||20057|
|Those Who Kill||2013 2012 - 2013||Actor||Catherine Jensen||20137|
|Portlandia||2014 2009 - 2014||Actor||Alexandra||20147|
|Hit and Miss||2012 2011 - 2012||Actor||Mia||20127|
|The Last Days of Disco||1998||Actor||Alice||19987|
|The Brown Bunny||2004||Actor||Daisy||20047|
|The Mindy Project||2013 2011 - 2013||Actor||Christina||20137|
|Big Love||2010 2004 - 2010||Actor||Nicki Henrickson||20107|
|Boys Don't Cry||1999||Actor||Lana Tisdal||19997|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||2013 1998 - 2013||Actor||Christine Hartwell||20137|
|Mr. Nice||2011||Actor||Judy Marks||20117|
|My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done||2009||Actor||Ingrid||20097|
|Shattered Glass||2003||Actor||Caitlin Avey||20037|
|Barry Munday||2010||Actor||Ginger Farley||20107|
|3 Needles||2006||Actor||Clara the Novice||20067|
|The Electric Slide||2014||Actor||n/a||20147|
|The Killing Room||2008||Actor||Emily Riley||20087|
|A Map of the World||1999||Actor||Carole Mackessy||19997|
|All Flowers in Time||2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Black Dog, Red Dog||2013||Actor||n/a||20137|
|Melinda and Melinda||2005||Actor||Laurel||20057|
|Broken Flowers||2005||Actor||Carmen's Assistant||20057|
|Death of a Dynasty||2005||Actor||Sexy Woman 1||20057|
|If These Walls Could Talk 2||Actor||("1972")||7|
|16th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards||2000 1999 - 2000||Actor||Presenter||20007|
|15th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||n/a||19997|
|The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards||2000 1999 - 2000||Actor||n/a||20007|
|Boys Don't Cry||1999||Song||("Bluest Eyes in Texas")||1|
|Appeared in Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel "American Psycho"|
|Cast as one of three women married to a polygamist (Bill Paxton) on the HBO drama "Big Love"|
|Co-starred in the fact-based crime drama "Party Monster"|
|Landed a lead role in Whit Stillman's "The Last Days of Disco"|
|Starred in Harmony Korine's ambitious entry into the experimental Dogma '95 genre, "Julien Donkey-Boy"|
|Stage acting debut in the off-Broadway play "Hazelwood Jr. High"|
|Made feature debut in "Kids"; written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark|
|Played a male-to-female transsexual contract killer on the British drama series "Hit & Miss"|
|Cast in Lars Von Trier's "Dogville," which starred Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard and Paul Bettany|
|Acted in and designed the costumes for Korine's directorial debut "Gummo"|
|Starred opposite Steve Buscemi in his feature directorial debut "Trees Lounge"|
|Appeared in a recurring stint on "American Horror Story: Asylum"|
|Starred in Vincent Gallo's controversial film "The Brown Bunny"; premiered at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival|
|Cast as a nurse opposite Ben Kingsley and Annette Bening in the HBO movie "Mrs. Harris"|
|Portrayed supporting character Alexandra on the hit comedy series "Portlandia"|
|Played Jake Gyllenhaal's girlfriend in the David Fincher directed "Zodiac"|
|Received critical acclaim playing Lana Tisdale, the love interest of Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) in "Boys Don't Cry"; earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination|
Born on Nov. 18, 1974 in Springfield, MA, Sevigny was raised in Darien, CT by her father, H. David, an accountant and interior decorator, and her mother, Janine. Though part of an upscale New England community that provided all the advantages, Sevigny grew up feeling like a misfit. While attending Darien High School, she chose to avoid its renowned theater program, showing no interest whatsoever in getting involved. Supported by her family, but stifled in her community, she set out for Manhattan as a teenager and joined the throng of skater kids that congregated in Washington Square Park. It was here that she met Harmony Korine, who would go on pen the screenplay for Sevigny's acting debut, "Kids" (1995), as well as write and direct the films "Gummo" (1997) and "Julien Donkey-Boy" (1999), which would also feature the actress. Cast initially in a small role in "Kids," Sevigny landed the part of Jennie just prior to filming. Marking her film debut in Larry Clark's controversial feature proved advantageous for the ingénue, who made a lasting impression with her gentle portrayal of a young teenager who learns she is HIV positive.
Sevigny emerged from her "Kids" experience with a bright future in acting. She followed up the next year with a role as the precocious young assistant and brief love interest of Steve Buscemi's ice-cream man in "Trees Lounge" (1996). In 1997, she took on a small role as an albino girl in "Gummo," Korine's bleak look at small-town ruin. Sevigny, who had experience making her own clothes as a high school student, also designed the costumes for the non-narrative feature. Lucky for her, she emerged virtually unscathed by critiques of the film's harsh outlook and detached approach. Excited to work with famed German director Volker Schlondorff, she followed with "Palmetto" (1998), an uninspired modern noir that was disappointing for the actress and audiences alike. She fared better with a starring role in Whit Stillman's "The Last Days of Disco" (1998), utilizing the mores and manners of her posh upbringing in her portrayal of a Hampshire College graduate making her way in New York City in the early 1980s. Sevigny stood apart from the rest of the cast in the film, with her low-key portrayal lending an added dimension to her character's separation from the regular cast of Stillman acerbics.
That same year, Sevigny took on her first stage role in the New York theater production of "Hazelwood Jr. High," a real-life drama of a vicious teenage murder, eerily staged at middle school performance space I.S. 70. Sevigny gave a chilling performance as the unemotional sociopath who dabbles in devil worship and ups the preteen-angst ante to tragic effect in Rob Urbinati's uneven play. Meanwhile, just as likely to be seen on the pages of Vogue as Premiere, Sevigny enchanted trend-watchers with her unique sense of style and irreverent attitude towards fashion. Singled out by author Jay McInerney with a seven-page feature in The New Yorker that proclaimed her the "It Girl" of the moment, Sevigny was a pop phenomenon before she established a solid acting career. Her status as darling of the underground celebrity set threatened to overshadow her acting in the late 1990s, with the young up-and-comer getting more notice for her clothing choices and lifestyle than her film work.
In 1999, Sevigny managed to transcend hipster labels with a show of formidable talent in a number of big-screen releases. She effectively essayed a pregnant teen engaging in an incestuous relationship with her schizophrenic brother (Ewen Bremner) in Korine's daring Dogma '95 feature "Julien Donkey-Boy." Most notable was her turn as Lana, the love interest of a captivating man (Hilary Swank) hiding his biological femaleness in Kimberly Peirce's remarkable feature "Boys Don't Cry" (1999). Powerful performances abounded in the finely crafted film, with Sevigny proving more than capable of holding her own opposite eventual Oscar winner Swank. The actress' remarkably understated but unflinching portrayal earned her a richly deserved Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress.
The following year would see the actress take on a role in Mary Harron's controversy-plagued "American Psycho" (2000), based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel about a stylish businessman (Christian Bale) who brutally tortures and murders for kicks. That same year, Sevigny made her television acting debut in the "1972" segment of "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (HBO, 2000), a lesbian-themed anthology drama in which she played a boyish-dressing woman who falls in love with a coed (Michelle Williams). After a detour appearing in low-profile fare like the French techno thriller "Demonlover" (2002) and a turn as one of the true-life, hard-partying 1980s club kids embroiled in a murder in "Party Monster" (2003), Sevigny reestablished her art-house credentials with a role in director Lars von Trier's "Dogville" (2003). She next delivered a well-executed performance in the critical favorite "Shattered Glass" (2003), playing one of the misguided loyal colleagues of disgraced young New Republic journalist Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen).
Sevigny got a massive dose of media attention for her appearance in an otherwise low-budget, avant-garde art film, "The Brown Bunny" (2004), written, directed and starring bad-boy auteur and her ex-boyfriend, Vincent Gallo. Appearing as the lost love of Gallo's professional motorcycle racer, the actress courted controversy and infamy when she appeared in a scene in which she fellates him - an explicit act shot by remote camera operated by the director. Despite the scandal - and Sevigny's convincing performance in scenes other than the infamous sequence - the film was largely drubbed as immature, self-indulgent and unaccomplished. Adopting a more button-downed role, Sevigny was cast in the tragic portion of writer-director Woody Allen's dual-structured "Melinda and Melinda" (2005), playing the former college friend who contributes to the romantic woes of a neurotic, self-destructive woman. She continued appearing in low-budget indies, including small roles in "Manderlay" (2005), Lars Von Trier's follow-up to "Dogville" (2003), and "Broken Flowers" (2005), Jim Jarmusch's road-trip drama about a man (Bill Murray) setting out to find the son he never knew he had.
Sevigny then made the rare jump to television, appearing as the "other woman" in the dark comic tale of love and obsession, "Mrs. Harris" (HBO, 2006). Landing her first regular-series role, she starred as one of three wives (along with Jeanne Tripplehorn and Ginnifer Goodwin) married to a hardware-store owner (Bill Paxton) on "Big Love" (HBO, 2006-2011), the cable network's much-hyped and controversial series centered on Mormon polygamy. Despite concerns, "Big Love" nonetheless premiered in March 2006 to good reviews, strong ratings and several award nominations, including a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress win for Sevigny in 2010. Returning to features, Sevigny had a minor part in David Fincher's "Zodiac" (2007), a tense but overlong thriller that depicted the unsolved Zodiac killings in the Bay Area during the late 1960s.
Meanwhile, Sevigny continued to shine as Nicki, the second wife in the Hendrickson clan, on "Big Love," which earned kudos and became one of HBO's numerous success stories. Once "Big Love" ended its acclaimed run in 2011, Sevigny moved on by starring in a considerably offbeat part as a Irish transsexual assassin on the British thriller series "Hit & Miss" (Sky Atlantic, 2012), and had an acclaimed one-off role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ), which sparked serious Emmy buzz in 2012. She also was featured in a notably unglamorous part in the macabre second season of "American Horror Story" (FX, 2011- ), had a small role in the porn-star biopic "Lovelace" (2013), and guest-starred on the quirky sketch-comedy show "Portlandia" (IFC, 2011- ), reinforcing her knack for picking unconventional projects.
|Jarvis Cocker||Companion||Singer and songwriter for the band, Pulp; no longer together|
|Harmony Korine||Companion||Screenwriter of "Kids" (1995); have on-again, off-again relationship; reportedly remain friends even when not romantically involved|
|Matt McAuley||Companion||Dated in 2001; no longer together|
|Justin Pierce||Companion||Briefly dated while filming "Kids" (1995); no longer together|
|H. Sevigny||Father||Was the distant descendant of a 17th-century French aristocrat, the Marquise de Sevigne; died of cancer in February 1996|
|Paul Sevigny||Brother||Born in 1972|
|Charlie Smith||Companion||Reportedly dating as of April 2011|
|"Hopefully I'll get more acting jobs in good films. I feel really lucky that everything just happened by chance or by fate or that combination of accident that you describe. But I worry, too. I remember when I would look at Seventeen or Sassy magazine and I'd think, 'all these girls, they're so beautiful. And look at me. I'm not.' I don't want girls to look at me and compare themselves and have those same kinds of feelings I had. From the very beginning I've been skeptical of all that fame stuff." - Sevigny quoted in Interview magazine, August 1995|
|"Making independent films is not really important to me. But it just happens to be what I've done so far. Was 'Trees Lounge' even independent? No, it was Orion. People can say it's an independent. The same with 'Gummo' [written and directed by Harmony Korine, who also wrote 'Kids'] - it's Fine Line. That's not really independent. I'm not anti big budget at all. I want to get paid all that money. I haven't gotten paid any money for the films I've done." - Sevigny quoted in Details, February 1997|
|"I just turn down everything. I don't go in for any auditions. I mean, if I look at a script and I've seen something the director made before that I didn't like, I won't even read it. I'm probably the worst careerist working in movies today, but that's okay." - Sevigny quoted to Premiere magazine, October 1998|
|"I went all out because I felt like before in all of my movies, I was never very emotional. I was kind of stiff. I wanted to try something I'd never done before and go crazy. I looked like sh*t, I didn't get any sleep, none of us saw the light of day for four weeks because we were shooting everything at night. I just hope it comes across well." - Sevigny on her portrayal of Lana Tisdel in "Boys Don't Cry," quoted in Detour, October 1999|
|"I think my mom would like me to be Reese Witherspoon, but she knew I was never going to be." - Sevigny quoted in Hollywood Life, March/April 2007|
|"The umlaut isn't on my birth certificate. I had this book as a child called Chloë and Maude, and there was an umlaut on the e, and I said, I want that! It's a little flair. Just to confuse people even more. People always come up to me and say, Oh, you're Chloë Se-VIG-ny, right? Sevigny. Number seven, letter e." - quoted in
|"I'm glad I grew up during the last vestige of cool, in the 1990s, when everything wasn't blogged and on the Interwebs, when things were more on the downlow and underground. I guess I am stylish, but I would rather have people come up and say 'I really liked your performance in this or that' than 'I really like the way you dress.' That irks me. Anyway, the term 'It girl' gets used too loosely." - Sevigny to Playboy magazine, January 2011|
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