I’m starting to think the unofficial theme of May is “A Conversation About Creepy Directors.” Yesterday it was Adrien Brody verbally shrugging his shoulders at the alleged grossness of Woody Allen, Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski. The day before that it was Susan Sarandon spilling the hot truth about how she feels regarding Woody Allen. Before that, Ronan Farrow called out Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart as they awkwardly cleared their throats and prayed that someone would change the subject. And now Chloe Sevigny is talking about her personal experience with creepy directors in general.
During Variety’s panel discussion at Cannes today, Chloe admitted that three major directors have “crossed the line” with her in auditions. According to Chloe, the other side of that line is located in the dressing room of a clothing store.
“I’ve had the ‘what are you doing after this?’ conversation. I’ve also had the ‘do you want to go shopping and try on some clothes and, like, I can buy you something in the dressing room’ [conversation]. Just like crossing the line weirdness.” At another point, the actress remembered, a director told her, “‘You should show your body off more. You shouldn’t wait until you’re as old as this certain actress who had just been naked in a film, you should be naked on screen now.'”
Chloe joked that that line never worked on her because: “If you know my career, I’ve been naked in every movie.” As for those roles she auditioned for, Chloe says she didn’t get them because she never ended up going to the mall and modeling whatever it is a creepy director wants to see an actress in. But she does understand how some actresses end up there.
“If you’re young and impressionable and really want the part, it might be a tempting avenue, but I hope not.”
Despite the fact that most people would consider being asked to try on clothing in exchange for a job or receiving a not-so-subtle suggestion to get naked to be all kinds of wrong, Chloe doesn’t really consider it to be sexual harassment. Chloe says she considers it “Hollywood” and that it’s “such a fine line.” I’m sure Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers are writing that one down in their notebooks as we speak.
However, Chloe says that there is one director you shouldn’t be pointing your finger at and asking “Him? Is he one of the creeps?“, and that’s Vincent Gallo. As you probably remember, because who could forget, Chloe gave Vincent Gallo a for-real blowjob on film in The Brown Bunny. And she’d do it again, because Vincent is an ~artist~.
“I’d probably still do it today. I believe in Vincent as an artist and I stand by the film. It was a subversive act. It was a risk. And I think it was a way of me staying outside the business in a weird way, but also doing what I want to do in the business.”
As for who these other non-Vincent Gallo weirdos are, I have no idea. Chloe doesn’t name names or drop any vague hints, so that doesn’t exactly help. But I do know that I believe her. After all, you don’t spend years being friends with Terry Richardson without learning a thing or two about how to identify a creep.
Here’s more of Chloe serving up some casual 1970s boater granny at Cannes today.