Interview: Chloë Sevigny

By CAMILLE DODERO  |  January 12, 2011

Shameless self-promotion is really hard for me. It makes me feel really gross. I know I'm promoting the show and something bigger, but if I could get rid of that, I'd be really happy. And if I could do a lot less interviews. Because it's your life, and you need story points, and it's hard to make it fresh and change your answers. But then I have to remind myself that whoever is reading the Boston Phoenix hasn't read this, that, and the other thing, so they're hearing this information for the first time.

Speaking of Boston. You were born in Springfield?
My family lived in Connecticut, and it was the closest hospital. But my father's from Hingham, and we had family in Hyannis, so I always grew up going to the Cape. Then I had a boyfriend who grew up in Provincetown, so we would always go to P-Town. And I had a Volkswagen bus in high school, and I used to drive up to Boston [from Connecticut], sleep in the bus, hang out in Harvard Square, and go to the Middle East. And see, like, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

I love the Cape. Massachusetts is a beautiful state. I love those towns. I love the clapboard houses. I love the dreariness, the beauty, and the colonial thing. There is nothing more beautiful than New England to me. I find it the greatest place in the world. Is that hilarious to you?

Yes.Really?
I do! I don't care. I'd go to Brockton over Rome any day. [Laughs]

I watched The Fighter with my mother. There's this opening sequence where they're walking down the street and it's all real people. My Mom's like, "This is like a Harmony [Korine] movie." I said, "That's because these are real people, Mom. It's not a Harmony movie, Mom, it's just real people."

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