The actress and fashion icon’s latest project has her judging screenplays for Four Stories, a screenwriting contest curated by Roman Coppola and The Directors Bureau in collaboration with Intel and W Hotels. Here, Sevigny talks to TIME about her motiviations for participating, Mormonism and where she’d like to travel next.
This is a somewhat unexpected project for you. Why did you want to get involved?
For selfish reasons, firstly. I’m trying to get out more and meet more people, so I thought this would be a good way to do that. I’ve met some of people involved before, but I think it’s good to be proactive. As my mother says, “You can’t just sit at home with your girlfriends every night.”
How does someone like you have trouble meeting people?
Because I don’t like to leave the house. I like to stay in and have people over to my house.
Part of the contest asks filmmakers to incorporate travel into their submissions. What’s on your list of must-see spots?
This is going to sound terrible, but I like going to all-inclusive resorts. High-end ones like GoldenEye in Jamaica, because I don’t like to have to think when I’m on holiday. I’m also like a coddled actress—I’m used to being told where to go and when to be there. I like to go to places where I have friends who can show me around. I have a friend in Stockholm and I’d like to go back; I’d also like to go back to Chicago.
You played a Mormon wife (Nicki Grant) on HBO’s Big Love. Do you think the series, Broadway’s Book of Mormon and other pop cultural references to the religion will influence voters’ perception of Republican candidate Mitt Romney at all?
No, I don’t think so. I mean, I don’t want to say anything political, but I think there’s a real mystique surrounding Mormonism. And it’s confusing to a lot of people who don’t do thorough research on it like I had to in order to play Nicki.
In the July issue of Out, you lamented about not being able to borrow a Valentino dress for the London premiere of your British television show, Hit & Miss. Have you been able to get one since?
No I haven’t. But I haven’t had a desire for one. I know Cannes was going on at that time, which was obviously a lot more exposure than my premiere; I was just disappointed because I really loved that collection.
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