ChloÃ« Sevigny feels a heavy responsibility playing a transgender hit woman on TV
'I was worried people would be angry that they didn’t cast a real person who was transitioning'
ChloÃ« Sevigny achieved breakthrough success when she played the girlfriend of a transgender male in the film Boys Don’t Cry.
Now she’s the one in the transgender role in the six-part British TV series Hit & Miss as a transsexual contract killer.
The actress tells Out magazine, in an interview posted Wednesday (11 July) that she had concerns about the reaction of the transgender community.
‘I was worried people would be angry that they didn’t cast a real person who was transitioning,’ she says. ‘I asked why they didn’t, and the producers said they didn’t find the right person. It’s a big responsibility toward that community, and I wanted to do them right.’
But there have been missteps, including the actress being taken to task for using the word ‘tranny.’
‘I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to use that word,’ she says. ‘There are all these tenses too. Look, it’s a complex process to go through, and it’s a complex thing to talk about. I’m still not even sure if I’m doing it right, and I really don’t want to offend anyone.’
‘I’m just so sensitive these days,’ she adds. ‘I’ve gotten in so much trouble.’