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In her film debut, Sevigny co-starred in Larry Clark's controversial movie surrounding teens at the height of the AIDS epidemic in 90s New York City. This film sparked Sevigny's reputation as a queen of independent drama films.
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Sevigny starred alongside Hilary Swank in this Academy Award-winning film portrayal the real life and death of Brandon Teena in Humboldt, Nebraska. Sevigny role as Lana Tisdel earned her a Oscar nomination.
American Psycho (2000)
Sevigny's plays Jean, a young secretary to a murderous investment banker who discovers his secret life.
Party Monster (2003)
Michael Alig (Macaulay Culkin) picks up Gitsie (Sevigny) on his cross-country trip in search of more club kids to populate his party at The Limelight in New York City. The film was based on the memoir "Disco Bloodbath" by former club kid James St. James.
The Brown Bunny (2003)
Bud Clay (Vincent Gallo) is a motorcycle racer that can't let go of his feelings for his former lover Daisy (Sevigny). The film garnered much controversy as Sevigny is filmed giving a blowjob in one scene — but she stood by the film and its vision. She told The Daily Beast's Marlow Stern in a 2014 interview, "I was interested in doing something really transgressive, and I was really shocked by how much of a hoopla it was — I didn’t think it would turn into such a hoopla — and it was really painful to go through. In the end, I think the stress will have taken a few years off of my life. It’s an art film. I stand behind my choices, Marlow."