Cannes Film Festival Women in Motion: Chloë Sevigny

Chloe Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny

“The more women in power we have, the better it is for us,” says Chloë Sevigny at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.  Sevigny is in Cannes promoting her short film Kitty, her directorial debut which tells the story of a young girl who finds herself transforming into a kitten as she grows up.

When asked why she waited so long to direct her first film, Sevigny blames “insecurities” for preventing her from following her dream.  “When women on set become a little emotional or impassioned even, they’re labelled as hysterical or crazy and have a hard time getting hired again,” elaborates Sevigny when discussing her lengthy career in Hollywood.

“I love sleeping with men, I love hanging out with men, but I prefer working with ladies,” laughs Sevigny.  This should come as no surprise as the actress goes on to describe some rather upsetting audition experiences where acclaimed directors have made inappropriate comments about her body and sexuality.

While her time in the industry has not been without its troubles, she feels that change is on the horizon with the millennial generation as “they seem stronger and empowered.”  Sevigny believes we have the power to create real and moving images about women because millennials want “nothing but authenticity.”

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