Photo: Getty ImagesChloë Sevigny was supposed to host a party for Nylon but collapsed en route owing to what her rep calls a “viral infection.” Restaurateur Nello Ballan is planning on opening a hotel-restaurant in Greenport, Long Island. Heather Mills is hunting for an apartment in New York City. While wearing a wig. Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson showed up at a club in Chelsea to film cameo spots in a new N.E.R.D. song, but they missed a fight that broke out between two extras over a woman. Salman Rushdie was overheard saying that if he could vote, he’d vote for Barack Obama. Katherine Waterson, daughter of Law & Order’s Sam Waterson, is playing a woman who starts a call-girl service for married men in an upcoming movie. Fashion scribe Peter Davis is actively campaigning to win the Observer’s “Socialite Slapdown” game, which is kind of embarrassing. Christopher Walken, Lorne Michaels, and six SNL cast members checked out a … [Read more...] about Chloë Sevigny Down! We Repeat, Chloë Sevigny Down!
Viola Davis has played those roles. They’re the characters—“And I’ve played them,” she reiterates—that come on screen for two scenes. They’re typically women, typically women of color. They might be a cop, or the lawyer. You see them and you start thinking, “Oh, who is this actress playing her?” And then, maybe, “OK, so who is this character? Who does she love? Does she have children?” By the time you’ve gone through those questions, she’s gone. She’s not there anymore, and she doesn’t come back. “I’m trying to change that,” Davis tells me. “I’m trying to change the black woman coming in at the ninth hour to give a sassy line and walk out, to be the best friend and just be the sounding board giving information. I want to know her. I want to sit with her, and I want to sit with her pathology.” She takes a breath: “And that’s what you get with … [Read more...] about How Viola Davis Found the Courage to Be Herself: ‘I’ve Always Had to Take the Road Less Chosen’