Since 1978, Playboy has run their “20Q” feature where they’ve asked everyone from Al Pacino to Bettie Page 20 questions about their work and personal life. The latest person on the hot seat is actress and designer Chloë Sevigny. In a rather candid but playful interview for the January issue of the magazine (accompanied by the above photo), Sevigny breaks down everything that the media has pegged her for, including that infamous scene with Vincent Gallo in 2003’s The Brown Bunny. “What’s happened with that is all very complicated. There are a lot of emotions. I’ll probably have to go to therapy at some point,” the actress reveals to Playboy. “But I love Vincent. The film is tragic and beautiful, and I’m proud of it and my performance.” Sevigny is refreshingly honest with every question thrown her way, including dating. It may come as a surprise, but she’s actually a really big fan of texting—or sexting, even: “The other day I got a text from a boy, but it wasn’t hot. I mean, if you’re going to text me every day, you haven’t seen me for months and you’re trying to seduce me, you’d better spice up that text.” And although you’d think the artistic guy is more her speed, she’s actually into the opposite: “I want a guy who is masculine, good with his hands and able to build stuff and who has survival skills. Facial hair is a big turn-on. Most of the kids I hang out with in New York are hipster arty types, but I like a stronger, more physically imposing man—like a lumberjack.”
The interview also broaches the subject of her style icon status and how she was named an It girl in a 1994 article in The New Yorker. “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 down-low and underground,” says Sevigny. “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.” She also thinks the term “It girl” is dead: “Today the term is used to describe, say, Peaches Geldof—a girl who doesn’t do anything but is just sort of around. The original It girl was the 1920s movie star Clara Bow; then, in the 1960s, with Edie Sedgwick and Warhol, It girls turned into socialites, ladies of leisure.”
There’s no question that Sevigny’s made a slew of great films that have reached cult status like Kids, Boys Don’t Cry, and Julien Donkey-Boy, but she can’t deny that her designer collaborations and continuous support of the fashion industry are just as relevant to her fan base, if not more. On another note, can you believe she’s 36-years-old?! The girl does not age.
Photo via Huffington Post.