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Friday 17 August 2018

Chloe's committed to learning Irish accent

Fashion icon Chloe Sevigny has been immersing herself in Irish culture and films to prepare for a lead TV role.

The actress will be playing an Irish transgender hitman in a new drama, Hit And Miss, by Shameless writer Paul Abbott.

The drama will mark the first original series for satellite channel Sky Atlantic, and Chloe (36) is currently training hard for the role -- by watching The Commitments.

A vocal coach arrived in America this week and started working with her on her "southern Irish" brogue.

"I've been watching some Irish films just to watch the way that their mouths move," Chloe explained. "I watched The Magdalene Sisters which is one of my favourite pictures of all time. I love that movie. I watched that and The Commitments, and Angela's Ashes, some Alan Parker who I also love."

Chloe's character, Mia, in the six-part programme is a pre-op transsexual contract killer who finds out her former partner is dying of cancer and she has a son she never knew about.

The show is expected to be broadcast later in the year as filming will not start until the summer.

Chloe has already revealed that the show would be "very realistic".

"It's being created by a lot of the people who were involved in the original [Channel 4 hit] Skins, so it's going to be very edgy," she said.

The American actress was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her performance opposite Hilary Swank in Boys Don't Cry.

In the biopic, she portrayed Lana Tisdel, the girlfriend of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was raped and murdered in the early 90s.

"I feel this [part in Hit and Miss] will be my most feminine, most glamorous role to date," she predicted.

"I hope that I have enough gay stripes that I won't get totally attacked.

"It was the creators' idea not to hire a boy to play the part, and of course as an actor you're going to jump on that."

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