Date of Birth: November 18, 1974
Growing up in Darian, CT, Chloe Sevigny was appalled by the mentality of her peers (aspirations: Jeeps/BMWs/Ivy League education), so she would flee to New York City on weekends, finding friends in the skaters who hung out in Washington Square. And this is why, initially, she became famous: she was approached at age 18 while hanging out with the skater kids by an employee of Sassy magazine to appear alongside the editor on the opening credits of a talk show.
Daisy Von Furth, who styled the Sonic Youth Sassy, cast her in the video. This led to Sevigny modelling at the New York launch of Kim Gordon and Von Furth's X-Girl fashion label. The Lemonheads followed suit, featuring Sevigny in their video for "Big Gay Heart." She also appeared in her first fashion shoot for New York's Paper magazine, while working part time at Liquid Sky, a clothes and techno record shop -- a pit-stop hang out for club kids. At the height of grunge and at the time of the rave culture explosion, it was as if Sevigny had been adopted as an accidental ambassador for underground New York youth culture.
Her star vehicle Kids came about through the "chance meeting" of her skater boyfriend Harmony Korine and veteran photographer Larry Clark. Clark wanted to make a docudrama film about people just like them; Korine wanted to write scripts: and so Kids was born. Before then, Sevingy had no idea what she'd do with her life but thought she'd just as easily stay in the clothes shop where she worked or go back to school.
She followed it up with Trees Lounge opposite Steve Buscemi, and Korine's next project Gummo on which she also served as costume designer. In 1998, she starred in Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco and the following year, in Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), she reunited with Korine in an all-video/all-improv film about a schizophrenic and his dysfunctional family. But it was her role in Boys Don't Cry (1999) that earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and her first Oscar nomination in the same category. She finished off the year with A Map of the World, starring Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore.
In 2003, she appeared in two films at Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival: Dogville and the widely-panned The Brown Bunny. Since then, she has appeared in two films directed by controversial director Lars von Trier, Dogville (2004) and Manderlay (2006). In 2010, she won her first Golden Globe, for her supporting role in the TV series Big Love.
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
The Killing Room (2009)
Mrs. Harris (2005)
Melinda and Melinda
The Brown Bunny
Death of a Dynasty (2003)
A Map of the World
Boys Don't Cry
Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
The Last Days of Disco
Trees Lounge (1996)