Interview: Chloë Sevigny

By CAMILLE DODERO  |  January 12, 2011

I do have a fashion line, and that's really fun, and that's really creative, but it's commercial. It's art and commerce — it's capitalism, it's America.

Even a writer. I have girlfriends who're writers, and sometimes I'll be struggling with those stupid five questions that some magazine will want me to answer. I can't do it, and I'll call my friend, and get the wittiest, funniest answers. And so me! And it's like, "How can you express a better sense of me that I can?" That's fucked up! Why can't I?

In the converse, many writers I know wish they had something else to offset the creative pressure, like acting, which doesn't seem like such grueling work. No offense —
No, no, no! It's hard work in being an actor. But it's easy money. I'm totally fine sharing my wealth with my friends and my family. It's not like I'm working the fucking coal mine. It's like winning the lottery! Why not share it with people — I've won the lottery! And I still don't make anywhere nearly the kind of money that movie stars make. But it's hard being away from your family, and your loved ones, and working 16 hours, five days a week. That sucks.

Other than that? It's not that hard. [Laughs] What is hard is going to Miami with your girlfriends, and laying on the beach, and going swimming in the water, and coming out of the water, and there's like, 1000 paparazzi there. And you're in a bikini and you're really exposed. Sure, you're in Miami — it's gonna happen, you know it's gonna happen — but can it not happen? Do I have to go to some remote, weird island just to swim?

You don't like the attention.
Being in the public eye sucks. The perks are great. I like free shit! [Laughs] But the attention — people treat you differently. My girlfriend is always worried about the boys I date. She tells me, "They only want to say they [silently mouths the word "fucked"] Chloë Sevigny." I'm like, "REALLY?" I never even thought about that before until she said that to me. I'm like, "Do you think they really think that?" She's like, "YES!" [Laughs] I'm like, "Oh no, really?"

Would you still do press if you didn't have to?
Never. The pictures are fine. But I barely ever do TV interviews. I get so much anxiety. If I have to do a TV interview, or go on stage possibly to accept something, or to present something, I won't sleep for a week before — I have terrifying stage fright. To me, that is the most horror-inducing part of the job. So I do the least amount that I possibly can.

Ginnifer [Goodwin, who plays Margene on Big Love]? She's from the South, she's really good at talking, she's really fast, and really witty — and she's doing all the talk shows [to promote Big Love's final season]. She can have them! She's probably gonna be a huge movie star because she can do that. I just can't do that.

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