After many years in Hollywood, Chloë Sevigny has met her fair share of creepy directors. The actress spoke about some of her most uncomfortable auditions during a Variety panel at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.
"I've had the ‘What are you doing after this?’ conversation," Sevigny told the audience. "I've also had the ‘Do you want to go shopping and try on some clothes and, like, I can buy you something in the dressing room' [conversation]. Just like crossing the line weirdness."
The "American Horror Story" actress added that another director once told her, "You should show your body off more. You shouldn’t wait until you’re as old as this certain actress who had just been naked in a film, you should be naked on screen now.'"
If you know Sevigny's career, then you're well aware that she's not afraid to strip down for a role. But her on-screen choices do not suggest that she appreciates inappropriate comments thrown her way, nor does she think other women should have to take them.
“If you’re young and impressionable and really want the part, it might be a tempting avenue, but I hope not,” she said.
Still, Sevigny refused to label these directors' advances as sexual harassment, instead saying it was just "Hollywood."
The actress is not alone in her experience, though, as many women in the industry have come forward with their own terrible audition stories. Academy Award winner Brie Larson shared a very personal encounter with icky execs in the press room just after she'd won her Oscar.
“There were many times that I would go into auditions and a casting director would say, ‘It’s really great. Really love what you’re doing, but we’d love you to come back with a jean miniskirt and high heels,'" she said. "Those were always moments of a real fork in the road, because there’s no reason for me to show up in a jean miniskirt and heels other than the fact that you want to create some fantasy, and you want to have this moment that you can reject."