Oscar nominee Chloe Sevigny is playing dual roles in two shows: she’ll be in Season 2 of “Russian Doll” on Netflix (premiering April 20) and she’s currently co-starring in “The Girl From Plainville” on Hulu (now streaming, with new episodes on Tuesdays).
“I watched [the documentary] “I love you, die now” on HBO, and I was so struck by the real Lynn Roy. I wanted to help try to honor him and his son and tell their story with sensitivity,” Sevigny, 47, told The Post.
“The Girl From Plainville” is based on the real-life story of Michelle Carter (played by Elle Fanning, “The Great”) and her unprecedented 2014 “suicide by text message” case in which she was convicted of homicide involuntary death by suicide of her then-boyfriend, Conrad Roy (Colton Ryan). In 2015, a Massachusetts judge ruled that Carter’s words (through phone calls and text messages) compelled Roy to commit suicide. She was sentenced to 15 months in prison, which she served from 2019 to 2020 (she was released in January 2020, three months earlier, for good behavior).
Sevigny, who earned an Oscar nomination for ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and won a Golden Globe for ‘Big Love’, plays Conrad’s mother, Lynn
“It was difficult to live in this free space for five months [while filming]. It was a tough material. But, we would try to find moments of levity on the show and offscreen,” she said.
“The Girl From Plainville” is the latest in a series of true-crime projects for Sevigny, who also co-starred in Hulu’s “The Act” about Gypsy Rose Blanchard (Joey King) and the murder of her mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). She also played Lizzie Borden in the 2018 film “Lizzie.”
“Each of them had different appeals to me, but overall life is always stranger than fiction,” she said. “I remember when we were writing the script for ‘Lizzie’ there were so many details that we wanted to include that were just mind blowing. So I just think it’s always surprising to see what people are capable of. ‘The Act’… for me [it] was unbelievable that someone could sneak into the system that way.
“With this case with ‘The Girl From Plainville,’ there’s so much to unpack, starting with how we all communicate these days through our devices, and what that means for the other person. How approach these communications with more nuance and consideration?It can be so easy to just send an emoji and not think about the implications it has on the person on the other side.
In the upcoming second season of “Russian Doll” — created by and starring Sevigny’s longtime friend Natasha Lyonne — Sevigny plays his troubled mother, Lenora Vulvokov.
“Natasha gave me a lot of information about her real mother. And so [I’m] drawing inspiration from Natasha and her character Nadia – which woman would produce this child? I’m so proud of her [and] I’m so happy that she has this moment where she can show the world all that she is capable of. The show to me is unlike anything else on TV. She’s so gripping – and hilarious and moving – and she tackles all sorts of issues through this weird sci-fi lens.