For an actor who has managed a career of stellar performances in the arthouse corners of Hollywood, see recurring collaborations with artists like Harmony Korin, Jim Jarmusch, and Luca Guadagnino—Chloe Sevigny is pretty hard to miss this spring. The Oscar nominee (boys don’t cry) plays key supporting roles in two of the hottest shows of the Emmy season: Netflix’s Trippy Half Hour Russian doll and the Hulu limited series Plainville’s daughter. They’re very different projects, giving Sevigny very different showcases and making her the busiest she’s felt in a while. “I was thinking back to a few years ago, and I was like, ‘Will I ever work again?'” she recalled with a laugh on this week’s show. little golden men podcast (listen below). “Now I’m like, ‘Do I ever have a day off? “”
On the small screen, Sevigny is best known for her dynamite performance in HBO’s Great love as a Mormon polygamist raised by fundamentalists in modern-day Utah, a turn that earned him a Golden Globe and consistent critical acclaim over five seasons. In the cinema, his performance in small groups in the years 1999 boys don’t cry remains the one she holds most dear, both for the power of her work and the revolutionary cultural significance of the story. These two projects were looming as she immersed herself in this year’s intense roles: in Plainville’s daughter as Lynn Roy, the mother of a teenager who committed suicide, and in Russian doll as her close friend Natacha Lyonnethe mother of… sort of.
And as if that weren’t enough, as we begin our conversation about this moment in her career – and what may be to come – Sevigny reveals that she is also planning a wedding with her partner, an art gallery manager. Sinisa Macković. “It’s a very busy and happy time,” she says.
vanity lounge: It’s a busy spring for you, you have a few shows.
Chloe Sevigny: Couples shows and a wedding.
Oh, and a wedding! Look at me not doing my research.
[Laughs.] Don’t get too personal. We should focus on the shows. But yes, this commotion is… phew.
What’s the feeling right now, with the personal and the professional colliding like this?
It feels good. Girl from Plainville is a bit more difficult to talk about. We want to come out, we want people to watch it, obviously. But it’s not like “And I’m going to get married!” It’s hard to chain. I’m really proud of the work. Really proud of both shows. Proud of Natasha. Excited to get married. It’s a very busy and joyful time. I thought back to a few years ago and thought to myself, will I ever work again? Without a home, without a boyfriend. I call my brother crying. And now I’m like, “Do I have a day off?” [Laughs]
In this season of Russian doll, you play a much larger role in this season after a brief appearance in the first. I imagine that you and Natasha, with whom of course you are very close, had never worked together in this capacity, had you?
Not in this capacity. We already played together in the 90s. We first appeared in If these walls could talkwith Michael Williams. And then we did a cult indie classic, party monster. But no, in the first season, yes, Nora makes a brief but pivotal appearance in one episode. This gives much of the backstory to Natasha’s character, Nadia. And this episode was directed by Point Leslye, one of the creators. In the second season, Nora appears much more in different capacities. Natasha was also directing and playing alongside me. So yeah, we were a lot more in the thick of things together, and it was really an amazing experience. It was a real passion project, which still attracts me. Showrunners, creators, directors, it’s like a life or death situation. Natasha was [like], “It’s all about season two.” Sophomore efforts often have that kind of pressure on them. I think she had a lot to prove.