Chloe Sevigny Tells Fantastic Story About Rats

They're why she left the East Village, she explains
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2016 9:48 AM CDT
Chloe Sevigny Tells Fantastic Story About Rats
Actress Chloe Sevigny poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Love and Friendship", at the Toyota Mirai Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 in Park City, Utah.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Arguably the best part of an all-around pretty great interview Chloe Sevigny gave to the Guardian: the part in which she explains why she decamped from her old habitat, Manhattan's East Village, to Brooklyn. "I got out, in all honesty, because of rats. After Hurricane Sandy, my street was overrun and I couldn’t handle it," she says. "The 10th Street Association are going to hate me for saying that. But yes, the rats are all over the East Village, they’re in Tompkins Square." She adds that, as she lived on the first floor near a garden, she finally tired of hearing the rats scratching around outside her window.

"I read they were going to put some sterilization, some form of birth control, in the poison to manage the population. So they can’t reproduce," she says, adding that apparently poison alone is not enough: They can still reproduce because they do so "at such a crazy rate," she insists. "They’re always screwing. They screw when they’re dying. It’s shocking to me." The full interview, in which Sevigny also reveals that all her years of working for "so-called auteurs" has led her to have "a total disdain for directors," is worth a read. (More Chloe Sevigny stories.)

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