Eigeman talks about his work on Stillman’s films, his taste in music, his directing/writing projects and how he is working on a horror film. He also reveals that the scene where he is convincing Tom that he may be the downtrodden, was his first time on camera.
Chloe Sevigny is no stranger to the world of Whit Stillman. Sevigny brilliantly played Alice in Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco. She is also no newcomer to the small or big screen either and nabbed a Golden Globe for her role on Big Love. Now she can be seen as the cutting fashion journalist, Vicky, in The Cosmopolitans Pilot on Amazon.
Known in the mid to late nineties for her status as a fashion impresario and “it girl,” with over a dozen art house films to her credit, Chloe Sevigny also stands out as one of the most prominent queens of contemporary independent cinema. Originally hailing from Darien, Connecticut, Sevigny attributes weekend trips into nearby New York City in her teens as an important early saving grace from her super rich and stuffy hometown. It was on one such trip at the age of eighteen, that Sevigny was spotted on the street by a fashion editor for Sassy magazine. Impressed by her flair for street fashion, the editors of the progressive teen mag asked Sevigny to intern in their offices which led to a few modeling jobs with both Sassy and x-girl, the urban clothing line created by Sonic Youth front woman Kim Gordon. At this time Sevigny also spent a lot of her time watching the skateboarders who convened in New York’s Tompkins square park. It was here that she met young aspiring director Harmony Korine, and a friendship ensued, resulting in her being cast as the lead in Korine and Larry Clark‘s collaboration Kids (1995). At around the same time Sevigny snagged the cover of Interview magazine, and even inspired writer Jay McInerney to write a piece about her for The New Yorker in which he hailed her the new “it girl.” The late nineties saw Sevigny continuing her acting career with a string of independent films, among them Trees Lounge (1996), Palmetto (1998), and Whit Stillman‘s homage to early 80s yuppiedom The Last Days of Disco (1998). In 1997 Sevigny and Korine teamed up again to make Gummo (1997), in which Sevigny both starred and acted as chief costume designer. It was in 2000 however that Sevigny’s career made a turn towards more mainstream recognition when her portrayal of Lana Tisdel in Boys Don’t Cry (1999) garnered her an Oscar nod at the age of twenty-five. Known for signing on to projects based on her interest in a good script rather than a hefty price tag, one of Sevigny’s most recent roles, making the climb from indie princess to A list actress, should see her surprising both audiences and Hollywood alike with roles in interesting and thoughtful projects.
We are glad to see Sevigny reunite with Stillman and hope to see more of her in The Cosmopolitans and in Whit Stillman’s upcoming Jane Austen film.
Here are some excellent new articles on Whit Stillman’s Amazon show The Cosmopolitans.
The Cosmopolitans hits on familiar themes that should charm Stillman fans. There’s even a callback to the Sambola, which Greta Gerwig’s Violet was so determined to make an international dance craze in Damsels in Distress.
Yet, the real gem is Carrie MacLemore as she dissects everything she sees with a precise, inscrutable nature mixed with naivety. It’s always fascinating to just watch what her face is doing. The pilot is witty, insightful, biting, and arguably has the most to say out of any of the current Amazon offerings. The dialogue just flows, making The Cosmopolitans a comfort to be around.
As with his features, Stillman lets his characters indulge in ultra-white-people problems while gently chuckling at them for it.
Screen caps from the show.
Jade Bremner at the RadioTimes interviews Chloe Sevigny about how she likes to travel.
What’s your all time favourite place to visit?
Egira, Greece. There are no cars, it’s on the Mediterranean, it’s got great food. You can go through Athens and have a bit of city, and then have chill out on the beach. It’s the best duel vacation, some history and some zoning out time. Combining the two is the ideal vacation for me.
What was it like filming in Paris, and what do you enjoy doing in the city?
I loved being there, and quasi living there. I really like Père Lachaise. I like cemeteries a lot. I love the gardens. My advice would be to sit down somewhere and people watch. Let yourself go and don’t feel like you have to run around and see everything. Experience it in the non-moving sense.
Adam Brody is no stranger to Whit Stillman’s world, as he was the leading male in Damsels in Distress. Brody of course is also no rookie to television and has been in numerous films. In the Amazon pilot, Brody plays the optimistic American Jimmy, who confuses Vancouver women for Parisians and hates getting thrown out of a good party (who doesn’t, on the former at least).
Adam Jared Brody was born and raised in San Diego, California, the son of Valerie (Siefman), a graphic artist, and Mark Brody, a lawyer. His parents, both originally from Michigan, are both from Jewish families (from Russia and Poland). Adam spent a lot of his teen years hanging out with his friends, having fun and surfing. Upon graduation, he convinced his parents to allow him to attend college in Los Angeles. However, instead of enrolling in school, he hired an acting coach, signed with a personal manager and soon landed the lead in the NBC movie-of-the-week, Growing Up Brady (2000), playing Barry Williams (Greg Brady). Soon after, Brody was cast as the lead in the MTV cult series Now What? His television credits also include a recurring role as Coop in ABC’s Once and Again (1999); a recurring role as Dave in the WB’s Emmy-nominated Gilmore Girls (2000); and standout guest starring roles in Judging Amy (1999), Family Law (1999) and Smallville (2001). Brody also starred in the Fox television series The O.C. (2003), playing the son of Peter Gallagher‘s character.
In addition to starring in the skateboarding movie Grind (2003), Brody’s feature film credits include a very small role in the 2002 hit thriller The Ring (2002) and a lead role as Patrick in Missing Brendan (2003), opposite Edward Asner and Illeana Douglas.
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