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Chloe Sevigny : “I Cried Every Day” Wearing Prosthetic Penis

I cried every day when they put it on. You know, I’m ample-chested and I have this on. I felt very exposed, and it was hard, very hard, having people so close to your personal parts anyway—who you’re not sleeping with —for an hour-and-a-half each day, to put it on.  Then looking in the mirror… it was weird. I was lonely and I felt really unattractive. I was confused about my desirability—was I desirable?— in having put that on, and having men see me with that on.

I think it might be one of the most extreme roles I’ve done, yes. I’ve never really worked with prosthetics. I’ve never done any fantasy or anything weird. Then again, if people can believe what’s her-name in Avatar, hopefully they can believe me as a pre-op.”

Actress Chloe Sevigny (the real Chloe Sevigny), discussing her role as a trans assassin in the UK drama Hit & Miss, in Culture magazine.

Photo: Matthew Wedgwood

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25 Comments

  • 1equalityUSA

    Ms. Sevigny is a fantastic actor. Any role that causes this much discomfort should be set aside.

  • MKisNE

    She’s really getting back to her roots playing meaty(no pun, a little pun) roles. Can’t wait.

  • Marie Cohn

    Blowing, on camera, bug-eyed Vinnie Gallo, apparently, was not “anything weird.”

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    @Marie Cohn:

    +1

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    Hets playing gay; females playing MtoF transgendered roles–Where are all the queers that anti-gay bigots claim populate the entertainment business? None of them appear to actually be working, and the closet cases are all too busy harassing male spa attendants.

  • AEH

    Oh, my god. It’s just a prosthetic.

  • Basch

    @Marie Cohn: Yeah, seriously. So she cried and felt so weird about this yet she was able to blow a guy on camera. Cool.

  • shelleybear

    Steven Mackintosh Portrayed a transwomen in “Different for Girls”. Peter Outerbridge in Better Then Chocolate”. Both were more believable then cis women who have played transwomen.
    Just saying. That’s all.

  • jason

    Oh, you poor poor dear. Yet you have no compunction about walking around with that awful hairstyle.

  • Cynthia_Lee

    just a taste of what it is like for a preop transwoman her entire life

    except with the preop, she doesn’t get to remove the offending apendage at the end of the day

  • Chad

    Come on penises aren’t that bad, I mean they grow on you after a while.

  • Lifer

    @Marie Cohn.

    Also, not a prosthetic, as she has just confirmed.

  • me

    @ Chad…. LMAO!!!! Even “inside” you, given half a chance.

  • Schlukitz

    And how much money did she get paid to put that prosthetic penis on for one and a half-hours each day?

    She could have just refused the part if it offends her so.

    Just sayin’.

  • Geri

    @shelleybear: What about Jaye Davidson in the Crying Game? A “no-op” rather than a “pre-op”.

  • Stupid

    I think she’s identifying with the pain that transsexuals feel about being born with the wrong parts. … That makes sense to me. Anyway. … I would totally let strap-on Chloe pound me.

  • Oh, ok

    @jason: I laughed pretty hard because I was thinking that too.

  • ChristopherM

    She should cry on a daily basis given the bullshit she usually puts on.

  • Fred

    Come on guys, give her a break. Imagine having something you felt you weren’t supposed to have. Puts things into perspective about the life of trans person.

  • Fred

    @Fred: *a trans-person.

  • Stephen

    Wow, you all SUCK. She’s getting into a character, feeling the dysmorphia first hand. She’s an ally, and a good one. Why all the hate? Good for her for taking on this role.

  • MikeUK

    I agree with Stephen post #21.

  • shelleybear

    In my case, it’s not hate.
    I simply think it would be truer to have had a transwomen in the role.
    How is that hate?

  • Stephen

    I dunno, Shelleybear, how do you feel about a transwoman playing a cis woman? The sword cuts both ways.

  • shelleybear

    @Stephen:

    I disagree.
    How many role are there for transgendered characters in films, vs how many for cis characters?
    One won’t make a difference in a few hundred film, but a trans role in a film numbering in the (at best) single digits
    Well, you see my point.

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