Actress Chloe Sevigny, known for her work in indie films such as “Kids” and “American Psycho” and for her Golden Globe-winning role on the HBO series “Big Love,” talked about being sexually harassed by major directors during casting sessions.
Sevigny told the U.K. publication The Guardian: “I did audition for some bigger directors who were more mainstream and they were creepy situations. One asked me, ‘What are you doing after the audition?’ which is just inappropriate, obviously knowing what he wanted. Another one wanted to bring me shopping and have me try on clothes.”
She said the worst experience was when a director — she declined to name him — talked extensively about her body.
“I went in and I was dressed a little provocatively because I was dressing the part,” Sevigny told the publication. “He’s like, ‘Oh you should show your body off more before you get too old … you should show it off now, you never show your body.’ I’m like, actually I’ve been nude in almost every movie I’ve done so I don’t know what you’re watching!”
She also says in the interview: “I think that male directors are often seen as mad geniuses. The behavior that they’re allowed to get away with is celebrated and it makes people think they are just even more talented because they exude these behaviors that are eccentric. Whereas when females do it, they get labeled as crazy and they don’t work again.”