Chloë Sevigny

Chloë Sevigny
Chloe Sevigny Horror premiere 2015.jpg
Sevigny in 2015 at the premiere of #Horror
BornChloe Stevens Sevigny[1]
(1974-11-18) November 18, 1974 (age 43)
Springfield, Massachusetts U.S.
ResidenceNew York City, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actress
  • fashion designer
  • model
Years active1992–present
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]

Chloë Stevens Sevigny (i/;[3] born November 18, 1974) is an American actress and model whose career has spanned over two decades. She has appeared in a variety of films and television productions since making her feature film debut in 1995, though she has garnered notoriety from critics for her frequent appearances in independent films.

After being cast in the music video for Sonic Youth's song "Sugar Kane", Sevigny made her motion picture debut with a lead role in the controversial film Kids (1995), written by her then-boyfriend Harmony Korine and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance. A long line of roles in generally well-received and often experimental films throughout the decade established Sevigny as a mainstay in the independent film community.[4] In 1999, Sevigny gained recognition outside of the independent film world for her role as Lana Tisdel in the fact-based drama Boys Don't Cry, earning her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Other roles that followed included in American Psycho (2000), Party Monster (2003) and Dogville (2003). Her role in the film The Brown Bunny (2003) caused significant controversy because of a scene in which she performs unsimulated fellatio. Her films since then have included Melinda and Melinda (2004), Manderlay (2005) and Zodiac (2007), the latter of which marked Sevigny's transition into a more big budget studio picture.

From 2006 to 2011, Sevigny played the polygamist Nicolette Grant in the HBO television series Big Love, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 2010. She then appeared in several television projects, including lead roles in Hit & Miss (2012) and American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016), and recurring roles on American Horror Story: Asylum (2012–2013), Portlandia (2013) and Bloodline (2015–2017). She made her directorial debut with the short film Kitty, which closed the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[5]

Early life

Sevigny was born Chloe Stevens Sevigny in Springfield, Massachusetts,[1][6][7] the second child of Janine (née Malinowski) and Harold David Sevigny (December 28, 1940—February 12, 1996).[8][9] She has one older brother, Paul.[10] According to Sevigny, she added the diaeresis to her first name later in life, and it was not on her birth certificate.[1] Her mother is Polish-American, and her father was of French-Canadian heritage,[11] born in Vermont.[12] She was raised in a strict Roman Catholic household[13][14] in Darien, Connecticut,[15] where her father worked as an accountant, and later a local art teacher.[16] Despite Darien's affluence, Sevigny's parents had a "frugal" household, and were considered "the poor bohemians in [an] extremely prosperous neighborhood."[16] "My dad worked in insurance and worked very hard to bring us up in that town," she recalled. "He wanted us to grow up in a really safe environment. And I never thanked him for doing that."[17]

As a child, she expressed interest in acting, and spent summers attending theatre camp, with leading roles in plays run by the YMCA.[18][19] She attended Darien High School, where she was a member of the Alternative Learning Program. While in high school, she often babysat actor Topher Grace and his younger sister.[20] As a young teenager, she worked sweeping the tennis courts of a country club her family could not afford to join.[21]

Sevigny described herself as a "loner" and a "depressed teenager" whose only extracurricular activity was occasionally skateboarding with her older brother: "Mostly I sewed. I had nothing better to do, so I made my own clothes."[22] Despite being "very well-mannered" due to her mother's strict expectations, she "did hang out at the Mobil station and smoke cigarettes."[23][22] In high school, she grew rebellious and began experimenting with drugs, particularly hallucinogens. She has said that her father was aware of her experimentation with hallucinogens and marijuana, and even told her that it was okay, but that she had "to stop if she had bad trips".[24] Despite her father's leniency, her mother forced her to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings upon discovering her drug experimentation.[22] In 2007, she told The Times: "I had a great family life—I would never want it to look as if it reflected on them. I think I was very bored ... I often feel it's because I experimented when I was younger that I have no interest as an adult. I know a lot of adults who didn't, and it's much more dangerous when you start experimenting with drugs as an adult.[22] In 1996, when Sevigny was twenty years old, her father died of cancer.[11]

Other Languages
العربية: كلوي سيفاني
asturianu: Chloë Sevigny
تۆرکجه: کلویی سونی
Bân-lâm-gú: Chloë Sevigny
čeština: Chloë Sevigny
español: Chloë Sevigny
français: Chloë Sevigny
Հայերեն: Քլոե Սևինի
Bahasa Indonesia: Chloë Sevigny
italiano: Chloë Sevigny
latviešu: Kloē Seviņī
Limburgs: Chloë Sevigny
Nederlands: Chloë Sevigny
português: Chloë Sevigny
română: Chloë Sevigny
русский: Севиньи, Хлоя
Simple English: Chloë Sevigny
slovenčina: Chloë Sevignyová
Türkçe: Chloë Sevigny
українська: Хлоя Севіньї