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Chloe Sevigny Blames Big Love Bashing on Exhaustion

Even though most critics agree with her, Chloe Sevigny caught some heat last week for saying she thought the last season of Big Love was “awful”.

When asked about the fourth season of the HBO show, in which she plays Nicki, one of the three Henrickson sister-wives, Chloe didn’t hold back. She told the A.V. Club, “It was awful this season, as far as I’m concerned. I’m not allowed to say that! [Gasps.] It was very telenovela. I feel like it kind of got away from itself. The whole political campaign seemed to me very farfetched. I mean, I love the show, I love my character, I love the writing, but I felt like they were really pushing it this last season. And with nine episodes, I think they were just squishing too much in. HBO only gave us nine Sundays, because they have so much other original programming—especially with The Pacific—and they only have a certain amount of Sundays per year, so we only got nine Sundays. I think that they had more story than episodes. I think that’s what happened.”

Most fans agree with her too, feeling that 9 episodes wasn’t enough and that some of the story lines were more soap opera than the usual premium programming they expect from HBO. Fans were especially disappointed with some of Nicki’s story lines, like when her ex-husband, J.J., tried to impregnate her with an incest baby. About her near impregnation, she said, “It’s too much. It’s too much. But I hope the fans will stick with us and tune in next year. There’s a lot of people who really love this season, surprisingly. God, I’m going to get in so much trouble.”

And though she acknowledges she was going to “get in so much trouble” during the interview, Chloe is now making a feeble attempt to redeem herself. On Friday, she told EW, “I feel like what I said was taken out of context, and the [reporter] I was speaking to was provoking me. I was in Austin [at the SXSW festival] and really exhausted and doing a press junket and I think I just… I wasn’t thinking about what I was saying. You know, after a day of junkets sometimes things slip out that you don’t mean, and I obviously didn’t mean what I said in any way, shape, or form. I love being on the show. I have nothing but respect and admiration for our writers and everybody involved with the show.” She added, “The takeaway lesson here is just be more careful with my words and just slow down and breathe during junkets. And to not let journalist provoke me in ways that could be detrimental to others and myself.”

Chloe’s attempt to publicly make nice with the Big Love writers and producers didn’t go over with the article’s writer, who points out that he’s “not really sure how a statement like ‘It was awful this season’ can possibly be taken out of context.” To prove his point, he actually posted an audio version of the interview here.

Do you agree with Chloe’s take on Big Love’s fourth season? Do you think she’s doing damage control or was she really just “exhausted”? Let us know in a comment below!

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