Chloe Sevigny Wouldn't Raise Kids in Darien

In a recent interview with the UK's Independent, indie film star and Darien native Chloë Sevigny reveals that as a teenager she berated her parents for "living amid such homogenized exclusivity" and that she has dubbed her hometown "Aryan Darien."

What's the deal with celebrities bashing ?

In a recent interview with the UK's Independent, indie film star and Darien native Chloë Sevigny reveals that as a teenager she berated her parents for "living amid such homogenized exclusivity" and that she has dubbed her hometown "Aryan Darien."

"I know they worked really long hours to live there, but I don't think I'd subject my children to that kind of upbringing," the Big Love actress told the Independent's Gerard Gilbert. "I don't think they realized the snobbery that happened in the school and how kids without as much money would be picked on. I was picked on... not that we were a poor house."

She dealt with it by experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs and cutting off all her hair for a Hollywood wigmaker, according to the report (much of the same background info can be found on Sevigny's Wikipedia page).

Sevigny reportedly spoke with Gilbert while she was in Manchester England filming for Paul Abbott's upcoming six-part drama "Hit+Miss" for Sky Atlantic.

Last week actor and Darien native — while not bashing Darien directly — cast the town in an unfavorable light in an interview with Anderson Cooper when he described how he got "revenge" on a former high school classmate who "bullied" him, by casually introducing him to Robert DeNiro and Katherine Heigl when they were dining at a local restaurant during filming of the comedy "The Wedding" in Greenwich last year.

Interestingly, Sevigny used to babysit Topher Grace and his younger sister when they were growing up in Darien...

Editor's note: This article originally was published on Sunday, April 29. The time stamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.

Warren Ransom May 01, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I agree completely with Preston. I actually think we're all right, in a sense, but it turned from a discussion into a flame war of grand (and impressive) proportions. I'd just like to say one last thing. ....Celery. There, got that out of my system. We're good.
Abby Boal May 01, 2012 at 09:54 PM
OHMYGOD get a life people.
Warren Ransom May 01, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Unfortunately for some people, this *is* their life, puerile as it is.
sebastian dangerfield May 02, 2012 at 02:10 AM
See Warren You accuse me of 'mischaracterizing what you said. You berate me, as someone who 'pretends people say things that they didnt." Again, incredibly ironic that the qualities that you find to be bad--you engage in yourself. Sir, how about proving that I said you did CPR. Or retracting? The problem with you warren, is that all the things you express as being wrong--you do yourself. You berate the town call it full of rich white guy elitists and essentially bad peopel. Your wife then talks about all the jerks she first met, but 'luckily' found some good people in all of this mess of a town...and then you want to try to twist everything that you are just a decent guy?? How about showing what decent people do--and own up to your contentions?
David Gurliacci (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Posted on the Facebook page of Darien Patch: Karen Muccioli Brewer: whoa...if you want to read some seriously conflicted opinions from residents of Darien,about Darien go to this article....its a mess George McKnight: holy crap... Jenny Hale Lowenthal: Chuck, I don't understand what "terrible life choices" you are referring to.
David Gurliacci (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 03:13 PM
More comments posted on Darien Patch's Facebook page: Jason Whiteley I dont come from money, but I work quite often in darien doing construction labor,,,and let me tell u,,,,people in darien think their [expletive deleted] dont stink,,, and speak and treat everyone who isnt from darien( or big money) like they are beneath them and total garbage.... Not to mention,,,,you can be arrested in darien just for flipping someone the middle finger,, you rich [expletive deleted] want us to work on your house, but dont know how to treat people, ,,just because I am working for you, does not give you the right to talk and treat me like a [expletive deleted] people born into money, who dont earn it, ,have no clue what its like to struggle,, and are [expletive deleted] Jason Whiteley [expletive deleted] dariens affordable housing,,,,yea if your Donald trump.
David Gurliacci (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Another set of comments from the Facebook page: John Paul Dragon I was shocked and appalled by the way I saw people treat one another when I first moved here. I must admit though this area has made me sharper and stronger bc of the many ways I have seen people cheat each other. If you can cut it here you can cut it anywhere... John Paul Dragon BTW anyone who says " if you do not like this area then you do not have to visit here", or "if you do not like it here then leave" totally vindicates anyone's frustrations with the pretentiousness one will encounter while visiting. Some people do not have the luxury of being able to leave. See in the real world some people have to be close to their jobs, and may not be able to move. Telling people to get out of here just proves my point. Thanks!
Skipaway May 02, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Chloe was born in Springfield, Mass and moved to Darien. I grew up in the same area and moved to Darien as an adult. Sure, Springfield is pleasant, diverse community but I am very confident that had she grown up there she would not be the acclaimed actress/fashion icon that she is today. Darien (like most communities) is not perfect but it offers kids tremendous opportunities and experiences that enable them to dream and become things I never imagined as a kid.
College News May 02, 2012 at 08:39 PM
What makes the US great is that we have a choice of where to live. Some of us like Darien and the surrounding towns as-is, and that's why we live there. If we wanted more diversity, we would move to Stamford or Norwalk.
Alexander B. C. May 02, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Springfield, MA is a ghetto dump. As for an entertainment career from sw CT, it helped, but her ability is questionable at best. There are many people in Ct who would flourish if they lived or grew up in a better place.
Doze E Dare May 03, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Darien is the most antiseptic community in N. America! (Other than Greenwich) And this movie star babe is a B player in most movies.
Steven Philips May 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
An example of the racism in Darien? In '94 (granted, nearly 20 years ago), my wife and I gave our names, separately, at a restaurant. My wife's name (fairly common Irish name) was called within 10 minutes. Mine (Russian, could be thought of as Jewish) was not called for an hour. Just one example from six years of living in Norwalk.
Shredder May 03, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Darien does indeed care way too much about hand sanitizer/purell. There is a very real concern that overuse of antiseptics may lead to the evolution of superbugs.
David Gurliacci (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Posted on the Facebook page of Darien Patch: Darien Arts Center: We have a great creative community here. We witness it every day here in Darien AND Fairfield County. Nothing lacking about the creative culture here, Chloe.
Sue May 04, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Having lived in the Midwest, south, southwest, and now Fairfield County, it's not a question of racism, but rather one of segregation. The South may have made segregation famous, but these elite Fairfield County towns have perfected it.
Filo May 04, 2012 at 02:39 PM
She hasn't - repeat hasn't lived in Darien in decades!!!!
sebastian dangerfield May 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Since when is Steven Phillips a Jewish sounding Russian name. One other point...for all you geniuses out there, drawing conclusions that seem to not intersect. We are told that in order to live in Darien, (according to the good guy warren) that you normally are in finance. Not work as a hostess in a restuarant. So, the people who call the names in restaurants, most likely, according to the people yelling racist /elitist are not from darien. You cant have it both ways. Or you need to think a bit longer about what you are saying.
David Gurliacci (Editor) May 04, 2012 at 09:04 PM
A comment posted on the Facebook page of Darien Patch: Maddie Lamedica: Darien is full of snobbery, especially in the school systems. The kids here grow up with a sense of superiority, whether about money, class, and especially looks. After going through the Darien public school system from beginning to end, I have little faith in Darien as a good place to raise children properly.
Barbara Hampton Barclay May 06, 2012 at 09:31 PM
"Near death in Darien" In 1977 I went house hunting in Fairfield County after a two year sojourn in Florida after growing up in New York. Of course, we started in Greenwich and moved up the line. On my Darien day, I got off the train and a Real estate person called my name. Even though i replied, she just kept calling. I'm black. When she finally accepted that I was who she was looking for, she put me in her car. We went to look at a house on a hill, and she told me that she needed to go in first to talk to the owner. She had neglected to put the safety break on and the car started moving down the hill. I put my foot on the break and honked the horn to attract her attention. Needless to say i did not move to Darien. years later, I was invited to join the Stamford-Norwalk Junior league as part of a diversity effort. Darien also housed an ABC program that brought "inner city " to the suburbs. However, I remember the case of an ABC kid who was dropped from the program because she assimilated so well, that she was invited to a party where liquor was served and came back drunk. I think the difficulty of living in Fairfield County suburbs back then was their desire to be liberal while enjoying the prestige of being "restricted" communities. All of the communities vied for most prestigious, even Westport and Wilton with their policy of busing "inner city" children from Bridgeport.
teacherlady May 07, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I actually grew up with Chloe and in elementary and middle school she and her crew of blonde clones made my life miserable because I was an overweight child. I am so sick of her dissing the town she grew up in and her mom still lives in. If she didn't like it here, fine, but shut up about it while your mom still lives in town. And by the way...her mom couldn't be any sweeter...it makes me sad for her that her daughter is such a horrid person. By the way Chloe...perhaps you should try out a role that doesn't involve you taking off your clothes or giving someone head...way to make mom proud.
jimmy brown May 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Google her in "Brown Bunny" and let us know what you think
mzm June 12, 2012 at 01:19 AM
@Luca Duff Cruz: For the record, if you ever want anyone to take your arguments seriously, learn proper grammar and spelling. You look like an idiot.
Darien Dom June 12, 2012 at 03:40 AM
oh nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, he claims to be Ivy League educated. LMAO !
Gina July 27, 2012 at 03:27 PM
how did they make your life miserable? kids can be cruel, but I'm sure Chloe wasn't like that in high school. she has spoken numerous times that she distanced herself from the blonde barbie doll types in her teen years, hence why she cut off all her hair and pierced her nose. it just doesn't fit to me that she would be the bullying type that would with associate with the "blonde clones".
Christina September 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM
In what way was the area she grew up in the richest part of town? Darien is small, and there isn't that much diversity in socioeconomic terms. It's equally affluent everywhere.
susan johnston March 19, 2013 at 09:19 AM
Leigh, call me in tucson! Susan C.
Katharine Ramsden July 21, 2013 at 03:48 PM
In many many years in this community I have seen great generosity, kindness, tolerance, open-mindedness - and of course the opposite of those things on occasion, too. As I expect you could find in just about every place. Towns are not defined by their least enlightened citizens. Perhaps Chloe might have better memories if she'd engaged in something more constructive than cutting her hair off or drugs - many fine people call this home.
Siwanoy July 24, 2013 at 04:18 PM
@Katharine, reallllllly? this article is over a year old already..... get over it.
Nicole Howard March 08, 2014 at 08:39 AM
Gina & teacherlady- Chloe was most certainly not a "barbie clone" or however you want to put it, while I only met her once or twice some of my friends hung out w/ her & some other people They & we were all Deadhead types very very very far from "barbie"
Nicole Howard March 08, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Christina, that is so not true, my brother's ex-girlfriend was all sorts of messed up because she was considered poor in Darien & the other kids were monsters to her because she didn't have the same $$ as them. Although it costs more in live in Darien over Bridgeport they both have different parts of town were some house cost more than others & therefore the people who live in them have different amounts of wealth!


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