Chloe Sevigny is entering her third decade of acting, but the 41-year-old actress always manages to retain her aura of “It” with each new project. WWD caught up with Sevigny over the weekend at The Standard, Hollywood for the Women of Cinefamily dinner. The film organization will screen her latest film, the horror flick “Antibirth” starring Natasha Lyonne, at its headquarters tonight.
WWD: Tell us about your screenwriting and directorial debut, the short film “Kitty.”
Chloe Sevigny: It went to Cannes and we are going to show it at the New York Film Festival next. It’s based on a Paul Bowles short story about a little girl who turns into a cat. She’s misunderstood by her mother. It’s just very whimsical and moving. I adapted and wrote and directed it, and kind of produced in a way, although I don’t get credit.
WWD: Are you planning to write and direct more?
C.S.: I’m going to do another short film in November and try to find something that would maybe work as a feature for me.
WWD: You mentioned you are shooting in Los Angeles right now. What are you working on?
C.S.: This movie with Salma Hayak called “Beatriz at Dinner” that Mike White wrote and Miguel Arteta is directing. Then I’m going to Portland to do a movie called “Lean on Pete” with Andrew Haigh who directed “45 Years.” It’s like a coming-of-age story about this boy and a horse. Then I’m going to do more “Bloodline.”
WWD: What’s your secret to always keeping at the forefront of film and television?
C.S.: I don’t know that there’s any secret. I’ve just been really lucky to get great projects and continue. I just love movies and I think doing a movie like what we are showing tonight, “Antibirth,” and working with first-time directors like Danny Perez. I’ve had so many experiences working with first-time directors and taking that leap of faith with them and I think that’s kept my career fresh in a way. When people out the gate want to do something really wild and really go for it, from “Gummo” to “Kids” to “Boys Don’t Cry”, those people [Harmony Korine, Larry Clark and Kimberly Pierce, respectively] were all first-time filmmakers.